One of history's greatest sporting cheats owned this special 964.
Diego Maradona's name is recorded in soccer history as one of the greatest players of all time. Ask any Brit that was alive in 1984, though, and they will identify him as the greatest cheat in football history. His infamous goal scored using his hand in the 1984 World Cup knocked England out of the tournament, and Maradona didn't just admit to cheating after the match, but called it "the hand of God." Still, bitterness aside, there's a reason he was celebrated worldwide for his skills on the pitch and is a national hero in his home country of Argentina. And now, fans of Maradonna have a chance to own the 1992 Porsche 911 Maradona drove during his "lost" season for the Seville football team in Spain as it's about to go up for auction in France via Bonhams.
You can say what you like about Maradona as a person, but he had excellent early 1990's football player's taste when it came to his daily driver. The footballer (soccer player for Americans) bought the 1992 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 2 'Works Turbo Look' Cabriolet during his final playing season in Europe. It was his so-called "lost season" as Maradona was coming back from a 15-month ban after failing a drug test for cocaine, and the year was marred more by headlines for his off-pitch antics and partying than game wins. His antics included being stopped in the Porsche by armed police after jumping a red light and speeding at over 100 mph in Seville's city center.
The storied Porsche 911 goes up for sale following Maradona's death last year. It's not just Maradona's ownership that makes it a special Porsche, its one of only 1,200 Type 964 Carrera 2 'WTL' Cabriolets made, and has been professionally repainted in its original gold color. According to the listing its in "practically original" condition despite having 75,000 miles on the air-cooled 3.6-liter Carrera 2 engine and manual transmission. Although the current bid stands at $143,000 at the time of writing, it's expected to go for between $180,000 and $240,000. This despite not being able to be advertised as having one careful owner. The auction is set to end on March 10.