A breathtaking Porsche 911 from the early 1990s, first owned and driven by legendary soccer player Diego Maradona, is being auctioned for the first time.
The 1992 model, bought by ‘El Diego’ in 1992 during its final season in Europe in Seville, will be on sale next month at Bonhams Les Grand Marques du Monde à Paris sale.
The car Maradona was driving when armed police stopped it in downtown Spain to accelerate at 120 mph is estimated to be worth in the region of 150,000 to 200,000 euros (132,000 to 175,000 pounds).
However, since the Argentine’s death in November, the bid could be way above those numbers as demand for one of the earlier items and memorabilia from one of the world’s greatest players of all time begins to surge.
El Diego Motor: This 1992 Porsche 911 was bought new by the late Diego Maradona to be auctioned
Off the pitch, Maradona was known for appreciating beautiful and exotic cars.
This example from the soccer player’s previous collection is a 1992 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 2 Cabrio Works Turbo Look, which was delivered to the World Cup winner in November 1992.
It was powered by the Argentine icon during his final season of European football when he played for Sevilla.
He had switched to the Spanish giants after imposing a 15-month ban on failing a drug test for cocaine while playing for Napoli – the club team that represents Maradona – in Italy.
The Argentine football hero took delivery of the car in 1992 – the year he signed for Seville from Napoli after being banned for 15 months after testing positive for cocaine
Maradona signed with the Spanish team for £ 4.5 million at the age of 31. He only played one season, which was his last in European football
Maradona used the Porsche sold by Bonhams to travel to training with the Spanish team this season
After falling out of favor with Naples, he played for Seville for a season from 1992 to 1993 after turning down approaches from Real Madrid and Marseille.
He joined the Spanish side for £ 4.5million – a fee partly taken over by Italian media company Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian president, with the guarantee that Seville would commit to playing a series of friendly matches.
Maradona, who was named team captain of the Spanish club, rented the villa from Juan Antonio Ruiz Roman, Spain’s most famous bullfighter, and took delivery of this Porsche on November 6, 1992.
The Porsche is one of only 1,200 964 Carrera 2 Cabrio Works Turbo Look variants that were manufactured in two years. It is therefore important to collectors even before you consider the original owner
Maradona left Seville after one season. The Porsche has since been sold to a private owner in Mallorca who kept it for twenty years before it fell into the hands of several French collectors
Maradona was caught accelerating in this engine by armed police in the Spanish city. It was driven at 120 mph after jumping a red light in the Porsche
The car was a regular sight for fans on their drive to and from soccer practice.
It is one of only 1,200 964 Carrera 2 Cabrio Works Turbo Look variants that were manufactured in two years.
It is powered by a 250 hp 3.6 liter Carrera 2 engine with a top speed of 250 km / h.
And Maradona was found to test the Porsche’s incredible performance when it was stopped by armed police for jumping red light and driving at 180 km / h downtown.
Although Maradona started well with an early 3-1 win against Bayern Munich in a “friendly” showpiece, despite his god-like status he made more headlines with his decadent party lifestyle off the field.
The 911 is powered by a 250 hp 3.6 liter Carrera 2 engine with a top speed of 250 km / h
Owned by the seller since 2016, it is now offered in practically original but well-preserved condition after having only traveled 75,000 miles from new
With Maradona’s death late last year and a resulting surge in demand for the famous player’s earlier items, the car’s higher estimate of £ 175,000 could easily be dwarfed
His recall to the Argentina national team marked the beginning of the end of his “forgotten season” when Sevilla and Maradona left in June 1993.
The Porsche has since been sold to a private owner in Mallorca who kept it for twenty years before it fell into the hands of several French collectors.
It has been in the seller’s possession since 2016 and is now being offered in practically original but well-preserved condition after having only traveled 120,000 km (75,000 miles) as of recently.
Paul Darvill, Bonhams’ European auction manager, said: “We are delighted to present this typical 90s Porsche with its very colorful and unique origins that will appeal to many football-loving collectors worldwide.”
The car comes with a number of documentation showing that the famous soccer ball is the first owner
This logbook is also signed with Maradona’s full name and the address he lived in Seville during his year
Maradona, seen here in 1992, died of a heart attack on November 25, 2020. Argentina declared national mourning for three days
Diego Maradona died on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60 after a heart attack at his home in Dique Luján, Buenos Aires.
His homeland declared three days of mourning for its most famous player.
The national hero’s coffin – wrapped in Argentina’s national flag and three number 10 Maradona jerseys – was placed in the presidential palace, the Casa Rosada. The mourners were given access to pay their respects to the football icon.
Maradona’s entourage was attended by tens of thousands of people but interrupted by his family when his coffin was relocated from the presidential palace rotunda after fans took over a courtyard and also clashed with police.
The Bonhams sale will take place in the French capital on March 3rd.
Sir Elton John’s Maserati will be auctioned later this month
This 2005 Maserati Quattroporte was first owned by Sir Elton John. It will be sold in an online auction later this month
If a price tag of nearly £ 200,000 is a little too high for Maradona’s Porsche, how about this 2005 low-mileage Maserati Quattroporte that first belonged to Sir Elton John?
The car is available for purchase in an online classic car auction hosted by The Market from February 18-25, with an estimated retail price of £ 15,000 to £ 40,000.
This particular Italian beauty has been added to Sir Elton’s extensive collection of thoroughbred cars and comes with a whole host of extras that ensured Elton and his passengers were transported in total luxury and comfort.
Some of the extra bells and whistles of mid-1990s nostalgia are a DVD player and screen on the back, a game input, two headphones, a remote control, and a six-CD car changer.
After the car was purchased from the current seller in 2016, it has only traveled 1,000 miles since then and has been stored dry for some time, which contributes to its well-preserved condition.
The V8’s odometer indicates that it has only driven 28,493 miles in its life and is stamped with a variety of major dealer and specialist service stamps to further authenticate and validate previous care and attention.
The car comes with extra extras like rear windows and DVD players to ensure Sir Elton and his passengers can travel in luxury
The winner will also receive the official Maserati welcome letter to ‘Mr John’ and a copy of the original V5 certificate with the name of Sir Elton and the current license plates.
“Sir Elton is a national treasure and a global superstar who has impeccable taste when it comes to car purchases,” commented Tristan Judge, director of The Market.
“Indeed the car is in excellent condition and has obviously been treated like a celebrity over the years.”
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