One of the most symbolic places where the fans watched Argentina’s victory over France last Sunday (18) was at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium. What few people know is that There is another pElysia belonging to a deity the brothers And Which passes through the streets of the country completely unnoticed.
We are talking about Maradona’s first new car is the Fiat 128 Europa bought in December 24, 1982, when the playmaker was already defending Barcelona. Compared to the big cars that the previous player had, this one is more modest. The compact sedan with a length of more than 3.80 meters left the factory with a 1.3-liter engine with a capacity of 60 horsepower.
But the wagon did not last long in the hands of the Argentine ace, who traveled only 370 kilometers with it, as reported to the newspaper by the current owner of the car. day. Two years after the purchase, in 1984, the Argentine began to defend Napoli and sold Fiat. At that time, the car was lost.
Maradona’s Fiat 128 Europa was found in a chicken coop in the northwest of the country – Image: instagram/instagram @pastorino.clasicos
Until 2003, vintage car collector and avid Boca Juniors fan, Martin Faraone, I managed to find the car. Abandoned in a chicken coop in Salto, northwest Argentina, the Fiat was completely degraded and even with the engine still in the trunk.
Faraone told the Argentine newspaper that he had to conduct an investigation to make sure it was, in fact, Maradona’s car. He went to the office and Find documents proving that the car belonged to the player.
Then came the most difficult operation: restoration. Both the engine and the electrical part have been changed, the seats have been renewed and the bodywork has been painted. The car makeover was up to the old car restorer Alexander Pastorinowhich took about A year and a half to complete the work.
Ago The Fiat has been completely restoredFaroni and his son drive around Buenos Aires with him without much fanfare, so that the car passes unnoticed by Faroni’s fans. Aldeez. The businessman also said day He hasn’t used the agreement for a long time and he doesn’t usually tell us that it was Maradona’s first zero-kilometer car. to get an idea, Even the garage the car rests in is a mystery.
However, this unknown is over. That’s because Varrone tried to auction off a Fiat 128 NFT last year. Bids started at US$400,000, which is about R$2.1 million at current prices. Unfortunately, the token was not recovered.
to me dayVarunni says he intends to get rid of the car. Thus, with the money obtained from the sale, he will invest in his son Nico Faraone’s motorsport career.
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