Car fans who are also soccer fans are likely to have their ears perk up when they hear that the late Diego Maradona’s 1992 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 2 Convertible Works Turbo Look is rolling across the auction block in March.
This will be the first time the car is offered at an auction, which may have something to do with the soccer star’s recent passing. The 911 was delivered to Maradona upon moving to Seville after running afoul of the Italian soccer league drug testers. Once in Spain, though, he wasted no time living it up, renting a famous bullfighter’s villa and ordering the car.
One of just 1,200 in this particular spec, it’s powered by an air-cooled, 250 hp 3.6-liter flat-6. Capable of 160 mph, it was a supercar in its day and Maradona drove it like one. He was famously stopped by the police for running a red light and driving at 110 mph in the city.
Indeed, Maradona’s year at Seville would prove to be defined as much by off-pitch antics as anything else. Widely known as his lost season, he left Spain after just one disappointing year, selling the car to someone who lived in Majorca.
Since then, it has passed through the hands of a number of collectors, with the latest owning it since 2016. With 75,000 miles on the odometer, it has been driven in its time, but according to Bonhams is mostly original and in good condition.
“We are delighted to present this quintessential 90s Porsche with its very colorful and unique provenance, which will appeal to many football enthusiast collectors worldwide,” said Paul Darvill, Bonhams European auctions manager.
Estimates suggest that it will fetch between €150,000 – 200,000 ($180,000 – 240,000 USD). Whether the hand of God intervenes to make the auction price rise higher will only be known once the auction kicks off. The car will be sold at the Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris auction running March 3-10.