One of the more famous notes in Ferrari history centers on the television show “Miami Vice”. You probably immediately pictured the Ferrari Testarossas that the show became famous for, but do you know why Testarossas were used on the show? It’s because the company was not happy with the choice of ride for Crockett: a kit car made by Tom McBurnie that was based on a C3 Corvette chassis, made to look like a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”. It isn’t a shock that Ferrari would be picky about one of their more important models being faked by an American-sourced imposter, so with the cease-and-desist order sent to McBurnie and an episode that supposedly showed the faked Daytona blown up (it wasn’t), that was that.
The Prancing Horse people get pretty punchy when kit manufacturers get too close to the truth when copying Maranello’s greatest hits, and McBurnie’s faked Daytona is as good as it could’ve gotten. They look the part, even though what you are really seeing is the best-dressed 1976 Corvette to put tire to asphalt. The running gear is a 350/automatic setup, a far cry from a V-12 and five-speed transaxle, but we’re gearheads…we see potential. The Daytona is one of the most gorgeous Ferraris ever made, but buying into a real one means that “owning real estate” is defined as being the owner of a golf course or small island. A knockoff with a built Chevy small block, on the other hand, could have potential, especially if the engine bay is dressed up as well as the rest of the car is. Champagne taste, beer budget, and that’s one fine pint of suds you’ve got offered up. Do you take it?