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It’s OK to Park Your Ferrari or Lamborghini on the Street in Miami Beach

I recently spent a week in the tropical hot-spot destination of Miami Beach. Home to a warm climate, beautiful beaches and booming nightlife, it is no surprise that a unique car scene follows. While nearly everyone I saw was buzzing by in top-down Ford Mustangs or Chevrolet Camaro convertibles, the overwhelming number of Ferrari and Lamborghini models I saw was impressive — and furthermore, they were all street parked … at night. While I would shudder in fear of my $200,000-plus supercar being damaged, vandalized or sat on by inebriated people taking Instagram photos, I saw many of them unattended in the dark. As a note to our editor Doug DeMuro, I would also like to point out they all had black wheels.

In addition to street-parked exotics, I saw some nice older American steel. Although susceptible to a yearly hurricane season, South Florida’s environment is kind to older rides that would otherwise deteriorate in harsher weather. In addition to the friendly climate, there is no emission or safety inspection requirement in Florida, which keeps many aging vehicles on the road — for better or worse. On the street, I saw a fantastic Chevrolet C/K resto-mod truck, with a patina’d logo for a fictional “Boo’s Garage” on the side. I also saw a Ford Galaxie resto-mod with a seemingly original paint job and a lowered ride, sporting period-correct aftermarket wheels. I am a huge fan of resto-mods. While there are many classic cars that should be kept original, the original equipment on 1950s-1970s American cars can be upgraded easily and inexpensively for huge gains in performance and safety.

In Miami, I also saw many luxo-barges, as a beachside cruise in a Rolls-Royce or Bentley Continental Convertible apparently seems like an ideal means of transport for the moneyed. They seem to blend right in with the colorful pastel art deco facades of Ocean Drive. Above, a Rolls-Royce (with a parking ticket) is pictured in the background of a Lamborghini Murcielago, and a Bentley Continental GTC is shown alongside another common sight in Florida — a lifted Chevrolet truck.

It is nice to be reminded that there is a diverse automotive landscape around the world. Whether it’s at a car meet, a track event or just seen on the street, car culture takes different forms wherever you go. Here in Miami Beach, the rides are flashy and shown off parked on the street and outside of hotels, providing an essential service to the see-and-be-seen neon-drenched landscape of Miami. Find a Ferrari for sale

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Sam Keller
Sam Keller
Sam Keller is an Editorial Contributor for Autotrader & Oversteer since 2017. He enjoys covering everything from auto history and classic cars, modern and vintage driving impressions, as well as everyday car news stories. Currently based in Los Angeles, California, Sam can be found on Instagram at @hamptonwhipz where he documents interesting vehicles he encounters on his travels.

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  1. Two weeks ago in West Palm Beach – near the Key Lime Pie restaurant, I saw parked 1 of 75 in the U.S. Mercedes Maybach Cabriolet in light blue. Also saw a two-tone Rolls Royce Wraith, and 911 GT3 RS.

  2. I’ve seen a Bugatti chiron parked on the side of the road at night..

    I have photos on my Instagram @79091_ and it’d be appreciated if you checked them out!
  3. I live across alligator alley from Miami (about 1.5 hours) and due to the wealthy populace, see exotics and luxury rides by the moment during season (snow bird season is between about Thanksgiving and Easter).  Every day I see Ferraris, Lambos, R8’s, every AMG know to man, some M BMWs, millions of 911s, and the occasional hypercar like a Koenigsegg and Pagani.  It’s more subdued than Miami (love visiting there but enjoy the quiet family style here in Naples) but still a fair amount of interesting cars.  If you want to chill after being in the wildlife of Miami, no better place than Naples, and it’s mandatory to go to Cars on 5th Ave at the beginning of February (even Jerry Seinfeld attends) as well as a visit to the Revs Institute for some of the most amazing historical racecars ever known. 

  4. South Florida’s environment is kind to older rides that would otherwise deteriorate in harsher weather”

    The sun-bleached cracked plastic I’m slowly trying to replace in my cars interior would disagree. Bright sunshine and 100 degree heat in the summer can wreak havoc on interior plastics, leather, paint, headliner and lots of other cosmetic areas. 
    • Hi Ron, you’re totally right.  High temps can produce plenty of cosmetic issues over time.  I spend most of my time in the northeast, and I don’t drive my VW Cabriolet or ‘58 Lambretta for 4-5 months out of corrosion fears!  I swear you can hear the rust forming!

  5. As William Smith said about Miami, “Hundred thousand dollar cars, everybody got em”. 

    And I like the black wheels. 🙂 

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