One of Diego Armando Maradona’s machines was auctioned in recent days at a staggering price, three times the lowest valuation set by Bonhams experts. The already rather rare Porsche 911 convertible into Turbolook (just 720 examples made between 1992 and 1993) earned € 483,000 during the digital event “Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris”. An impressive figure, moreover the same one paid by another anonymous bidder for a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon, given that despite being quoted at around 90,000 euros, it was estimated between 150,000 and 200,000.
The 964 convertible with the canvas top was delivered to the Pipe de Oro on November 6, 1992. More than “the hand of god” (the definition for the irregular goal scored by Maradona at the World Cup in Mexico against England), it is it was the “foot of god” that contributed to making this car famous. The footballer was pinched in Seville (his last European club, left in June 1993 to return to Argentina, with the Old Boys) while speeding with the red to an intersection at the not exactly indifferent speed of 180 kilometers per hour just about thirty minutes after picking up the German racing car. Maradona sold the Porsche 911 less than a year later, on September 25, 1993, after driving just 7,500 kilometers. The car then ended up in Mallorca, where it remained for twenty years before changing country twice and three other owners. Each step is tracked, including the latest overhaul, recently carried out at the Porsche Zenturm in Bonn, Germany. The Zuffenhausen convertible that belonged to Maradona is credited with a mileage of only 122,762 km. It means that even subsequent owners of the car drove it little, on average 4,500 km per year. The Porsche of the champion is equipped with a 3.6-liter 250 hp engine capable of reaching 260 km / h.
The model, the Carrera 2 convertible for enthusiasts, is characterized by a wider rear track: the 911 also incorporates the braking system and chassis. The wheels are larger, 17 instead of 17 ”, and the standard equipment richer, including leather interiors, heated and electrically adjustable seats, on-board computer and climate control. An undoubtedly important piece of equipment, but not enough to justify the final price. The added value is that of the footballer with the “hand of god” and a heavy foot.