Maradona’s Mercedes for sale at Bonhams

The World Cup is in full swing, so now’s the perfect time to think about purchasing this Mercedes-Benz once owned by Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona. The Hand of God wheeled this Signal Red 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0 available at Bonhams Paris auction on February 2, 2023 with an estimated sale price of €150,000-200,000 ($157,660 – $210,214). Maradona led Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup and was named the FIFA Player of the 20th Century.

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0
1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0

Maradona received the new Mercedes as a gift from a group of influential supporters while playing for his first professional team, Club Atlético Boca Juniors of Buenos Aires. The 450SLC was presented to him by Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio, who owned the only official Mercedes dealership in Argentina at the time.

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0
1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0

At 816 produced, the 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC was a homologation special to qualify for the World Rally Championship. This four-seater grand tourer coupé has lightweight aluminum panels and an all-aluminum engine to keep weight down. The 5.0-liter V8 engine produced a factory-rated 240 hp when new and pushed the 450SLC to a top speed of 209 km/h (130 mph). This example has a console-shifted manual transmission.

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