It's covered just 75,000 miles.
There are numerous upsides to being a famous sports icon. Besides the glory of national pride when you or your team clinch victory, there's the endless traveling, the glamorous events, and the joy of living life outside the confines of an office cubicle. Of course, there's also the means to acquire any exotic car that tickles your fancy, like David Beckham's gorgeous Aston Martin V8 Volante. Another football star, the late Diego Maradona who sadly passed away last year, also had great taste in cars. Now, his rare 1992 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 2 Convertible is set to be auctioned.
Listed on the site Bonhams, this particular 964 is finished in silver and was originally delivered to Maradona in November 1992, in the midst of his final season of European football. This model is a 964 Carrera 2 Convertible Works Turbo Look model, of which just 1,200 were produced. Its 3.6-liter engine produced 250 horsepower and enabled the drop-top to reach a top speed of 162 mph. This one comes with a five-speed manual gearbox.
Maradona wasn't shy to use that power and was allegedly stopped by police for not only jumping a red light, but being clocked at a speed of over 110 mph.
Following its tenure with the footballing legend, the 911 was sold to a buyer who resided in Majorca, where it stayed for two decades. It has covered a total of 75,000 miles and has been beautifully preserved. Porsche has had many iconic wheel designs through the decades, and this 964's Porsche Cup 1 wheels with five spokes that curve inwardly still look great. The cabin is similarly original, with a traditional central tachometer with orange needles, black leather seats (including extremely small rear seats), and a driver's airbag, which wasn't exactly a common feature in cars from this era.
This gorgeous Porsche with its rich history is expected to fetch between £150,000 and £200,000, which is equivalent to around $207,080 - $276,107 at current rates. That's more than you'd pay for a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo S.
"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 Bonhams European Auctions Manager Paul Darvill.