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Maradona’s Silver Porsche Strikes Into Bonhams Paris Sale


1992 Porsche 964 650 (911) ex-Maradona

1992 Porsche 964 650 (911) ex-Maradona

 

Paris, 12th February, 2021

Of the sporting greats of the late 20th century, only a handful have earned legendary status worldwide and adulation beyond the racetrack, the court or the pitch, with football icon Diego Maradona lining up in this team of legends. 

Off-pitch the maestro of the beautiful game also appreciated beautiful and exotic motor cars. A 1992 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 2 Convertible Works Turbo Look (estimate €150,000 – 200,000), delivered new to ‘El Diego ’in November 1992 – during his last season of European football - will be offered at auction for the first-time next month in Bonhams Les Grand Marques Du Monde à Paris Sale


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Having led his team to UEFA Cup victories and famously a World Cup Victory in 1986, (the tournament featuring the player’s ‘Hand of God’ goal against over England in the quarter-finals), Maradona was secured by Seville’s team manager and former Argentina Coach Carlos Bilardo for a fee of 750 million pesetas (circa €5 million). 

‘El Diego’ was given a hero’s welcome when he came to Seville, with the team and fans hoping he would bring the Maradona Magic to the side, having helped Napoli win two Serie A titles and earning the adulation of the Italians, before the ignominy of being banned for 15-months from the game for failing a drugs test.

Appointed team captain, he rented the villa of Juan Antonio Ruiz Roman, Spain’s most famous bullfighter, and took delivery on 6 November 1992 of the silver top-of-the-range Porsche. One of just 1,200 964 Carrera 2 Convertible Works Turbo Look variants produced in a two-year run - a supercar of its day - the 911 was powered by a 250bhp 3.6-litre Carrera 2 engine, with a top speed of 260km/h.

The Porsche was a regular sight to fans on his drive to and from football training. It also proved that Maradona’s right foot was as dominant in the car as his left was on the ball as he was famously stopped by armed police, for jumping a red light and speeding at 180km/h in the city centre. 

Despite starting well with an early 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich in a showpiece ‘friendly’ Maradona made more headlines with his off-pitch decadent party lifestyle, despite his god-like status. 

His recall to Argentina’s national team marked the beginning of the end of his ‘forgotten season’ with Seville and Maradona left the club in June 1993. The Porsche meanwhile was sold to a private owner on the island of Majorca who kept it for twenty years before it passed through the hands of several French collectors. Owned by the vendor since 2016 it is now offered in practically original yet well-preserved condition, having covered circa 120,000 kms (75,000 miles) since new. 

Paul Darvill, Bonhams European Auctions Manager, said: “We are delighted to present this quintessential 90s Porsche with its very colourful and unique provenance, which will appeal to many football enthusiast collectors worldwide.”

The 911 lines up with more than 60 collectors’ cars already consigned to the first fully digital auction for Bonhams Motor Cars, from 3 to 10 March inclusive. Other highlights include: 

1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II, estimate €450,000 – 600,000. Known as the 'Gentleman's Express', the DB4 was the fastest and most powerful British production car of its day. 

It was also the first Aston Martin to carry the renowned 'Superleggera' all-aluminium bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring and the first to be powered by the all-new 240bhp six-cylinder 3.6-litre engine. This example is one of only 350 Series II cars built. 

Pre-war consignments include one of the rarest and most distinctive French motor cars of the era, with elegant and refined 'Art Deco' styling, a 1938 Peugeot 402 DES Darl'mat Special Sport. One of 20 remaining roadsters, this recently restored motor car is offered with its original livery of blue over tan and has an estimate of €350,000 – 550,000.

Les Grand Marques Du Monde à Paris Sale sale will run for seven days, from 3–10 March, on the Bonhams website and the new Bonhams app. During this time bidders can request a condition report from the Bonhams specialists, additional images and video footage of all lots to make informed decisions and bid with confidence.

 

 

 

Lot

Description

S/N

Estimates

Price incl. Buyer’s Premium

101

1967 Lambretta 49.8cc J50 Motor Scooter

465697

€5,000 - 8,000
(NR)

€1,725

102

1964 Honda CZ100 'MiniBike'

S00-2161

€10,000 - 12,500
(NR)

€9,200

103

1967 Honda Z50M 'MonkyBike'

Z50M-104728

€7,500 - 10,000
(NR)

€9,200

104

1973 Honda ST70 'White Dax' 72cc

ST70-552005

€5,000 - 7,500
(NR)

€6,325

105

1997 Honda Z50J Monkey

Z50J-200209

€5,000 - 7,500
(NR)

€10,350

106

1973 Honda Z50A Monkeybike

Z50A-396969

€5,000 - 7,500
(NR)

€4,830

107

≈1950s Espitalier-Morbidelli Racing Hydroplane

 

€12,000 - 20,000

€11,500

109

1961 FIAT Abarth 850 TC Sports Saloon

963747

€40,000 - 60,000

€36,800

110

1961 Lotus Elite Series 2 Coupé

1336

€85,000 - 125,000

Not Sold

111

1964 Morris Mini Cooper S Sports Saloon

K-A2S4-L/
553426

€30,000 - 40,000

€63,250

112

1990 Opel Lotus Omega Type 104 Sports Saloon

SCC000019L
1175629

€60,000 - 80,000
(NR)

€51,750

114

1985 Ferrari 328 GTB

60743

€80,000 - 120,000

€74,750

115

1968 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider Osso di Seppia 1300

AR1670175

€40,000 - 60,000

€43,700

116

1987 Ferrari 512BBi Coupé

47075

€160,000 - 200,000

€184,000

117

1955 FIAT 1100 TV Berlina

184090

€40,000 - 50,000

€63,250

118

1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Convertible

5501048

€80,000 - 110,000

€97,750

119

1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 FHC

890329

€70,000 - 90,000

€74,750

120

1993 Porsche 968 Club Sport Coupé

WP0ZZZ96ZPS
815626

€50,000 - 70,000

€57,500

121

1994 Porsche 911 Type 993 Carrera 2 Coupé

WP0ZZZ99ZRS
310891

€55,000 - 85,000

€63,250

122

1995 Honda NSX Coupé

JMMNA11500T
100133

€55,000 - 75,000

€57,500

123

1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark IA Roadster

B382000594
LRXFE

€50,000 - 80,000

Not Sold

124

1926 Salmson GSS Sports Tourer

99

€100,000 - 140,000

€115,000

125

1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione 'Giallo Modena'

ZLA831AB000
576286

€75,000 - 95,000

€86,250

126

1976 Renault Alpine A110 1600 SX Coupé

A11030208

€90,000 - 120,000

Not Sold

127

1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 2.6-Litre Sports Saloon

LML/678

€95,000 - 145,000

€115,000

128

1971 Fiat 500 L Saloon

2897732

€7,000 - 10,000
(NR)

€6,325

129

1971 Citroën SM Coupé

00SB0707

€40,000 - 60,000

€43,700

130

1971 Citroën DS21 I.E. Décapotable

01FA6402

€150,000 - 250,000

€172,500

131

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1, 4.2-Litre Roadster

1E11408

€120,000 - 160,000

Not Sold

132

1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon

DB4/296/L

€450,000 - 600,000

€483,000

133

2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera

ZAMVL45B
000181682

€380,000 - 580,000

Not Sold

134

1988 Lancia Delta Integrale 8V Group A Rally Car

417996

€240,000 - 280,000

Not Sold

135

1974 Porsche 911 3.0-Litre Carrera RSR Replica

9117300546

€100,000 - 150,000

€109,250

136

1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0-Litre Coupé

9117600591

€70,000 - 90,000

Not Sold

137

1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 'Rally Prepared'

107.024.12.
02019501

€40,000 - 60,000

Not Sold

138

1938 Peugeot 402 Darl'Mat Special Sport

400233

€350,000 - 550,000

Not Sold

139

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Berlinetta

22183

€75,000 - 95,000

€74,750

140

2014 Mclaren 650S Spider

SBM11FAB7FW
003589

€120,000 - 160,000

Not Sold

141

1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider

AR 191808

€115,000 - 145,000

Not Sold

142

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2-Litre Coupé

WP0ZZZ91ZGS
100662

€70,000 - 100,000

€80,500

143

1955 Studebaker Commander 'Carrera Panamericana' Replica

G1248082

€50,000 - 70,000
(NR)

€20,700

144

1985 Porsche 928 S3 Coupé

WP0JB0927FS
860235

€20,000 - 30,000
(NR)

€17,250

145

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A

188.010.
00169/53

€350,000 - 450,000

€287,500

146

1970 Porsche 911E to S-spec 2.2-Litre Coupé

9110200485

€85,000 - 125,000

€88,170           

147

1933 Lagonda 16/80hp Sports

S10304

€110,000 - 140,000

Not Sold

148

1964 Gordon Keeble Coupé

C14/F1004 RD

€90,000 - 120,000

€74,750           

149

1934 Packard Series 1101 Eight 'Rumble Seat' Coupé

71867

€75,000 - 95,000

€86,250

150

1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2 Roadster

BN2-L/230647

€65,000 - 95,000

€80,500           

151

1986 Ferrari 328 GTS

62691

€65,000 - 95,000

Not Sold

152

1951 Jaguar XK120 Four-seat Drophead Coupé

660750

€150,000 - 200,000 (NR)

€126,500

153

2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé

122552

€85,000 - 125,000

wdn

154

1959 Porsche 356A T2 1600 Super Convertible D

86179

€230,000 - 280,000

€253,000

155

1955 Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead Coupé

A818050

€100,000 - 130,000

€109,250

156

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Type 964  'Works Turbo Look' Cabriolet

WP0ZZZ96ZNS
452830

€150,000 - 200,000

€483,000

157

1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé

AM101*1030*

€170,000 - 200,000

Not Sold

158

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL280 Roadster with Hardtop

WDB1290581F
160679

€30,000 - 50,000

€40,250

159

1991 BMW M3 'Cecotto'

WBSAK05040AE
41661

€45,000 - 65,000

€63,250

160

1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S Saloon

108.012-10-014524

€20,000 - 40,000

Not Sold

161

1985 Citroën 2CV Charleston Saloon

VF7AZKA00KA
097548

€15,000 - 20,000

Not Sold

162

1975 Citroën CX 2000 Saloon

03MB2957

€20,000 - 30,000

Not Sold

163

1973 Citroën SM 2.7-Litre I.E. Coupé

00SC2123

€50,000 - 60,000

Not Sold

164

1979 Citroën CX 2400 GTi Sports Saloon

05ME2090

€15,000 - 25,000

Not Sold

165

1973 Lotus Europa Special Coupé

12460

€20,000 - 30,000

€25,300

166

1997 Ferrari 456 GT Coupé

105771

€55,000 - 75,000

€63,250

167

1966 Ford Mustang Fastback Coupé

6F09A217749

€45,000 - 65,000

Not Sold

168

1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupé

14270151

€60,000 - 80,000

Not Sold

169

1973 FIAT Dino 2400 Coupé

5817

€55,000 - 75,000

Not Sold

170

1972 Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF Coupé

818 740
003052

€35,000 - 45,000

Not Sold

171

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'

113.044.12.
003149

€75,000 - 95,000

€86,250

172

1979 FIAT 131 Racing Sports Saloon

0453372

€20,000 - 30,000

€18,400

173

1973 Citroën DS23 Pallas I.E. Saloon

01FG6377

€55,000 - 75,000

Not Sold

174

1973 De Tomaso Pantera GTS Coupé

4957

€75,000 - 95,000

Not Sold

175

1980 Alfa Romeo GTV Delta 2.0 Coupé

0018698

€15,000 - 25,000

Not Sold

176

1992 Peugeot 205 Roland-Garros Cabriolet

VF320DKD
224881710

€10,000 - 15,000

Not Sold

177

1990 Volkswagen Golf MkII Country Syncro 4x4 Estate

WVWZZZ1GZMW
018756

€10,000 - 20,000

€13,800

 


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