‘Magnum P.I.’ Finale Turns 35: What’s the Story Behind That Iconic Ferrari?

MAGNUM P.I., Tom Selleck, (1980), 1980-88.
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Maybe it was the setting in the sun-splashed digs of Oahu, Hawaii. Maybe it was the cushy gig of patrolling a 200-acre beachfront estate. Or maybe it was all the cool cars. But who are we kidding? Tom Selleck provided the high-voltage appeal to the Emmy-winning CBS series Magnum, P.I. that kept TV viewers throughout the ’80s tuning in on Thursday (later Wednesday) nights. Costar John Hillerman played the caretaker of Robin’s Nest whose by-the-book style was frequently at odds with Magnum’s more easygoing methods. (Hillerman passed away in late 2017.)