5 car models favored by legendary World Cup players
About 40 years ago, football superstars did not have the trend to play cars today. They often rented cars or got cars from advertising partners as part of the contract. Therefore, the car collection of former football legends was not as expensive and strange as the current superstars’. Autoclassics listed five of the most notable models of former football legends such as Pelé, Maradona, George Best, and when they were still wearing sports suits.
Ford Cortina 1600E 1970 - Bobby Moore
The late legendary Bobby Moore and the England team won the World Cup 1966 (WC). The England midfielder and 29 other members were awarded Cortina cars by Ford when participating in the 1970 WC Mexico. In particular, all 30 cars registered the license plates of GWC (Great World Cup) with a number in front, to honor their victory from the previous WC period.
Ford Cortina 1600E was donated to England players.
Ford Cortina model was equipped with 1,599 cm3, the capacity of about 88 horsepower. At that time, Ford Cortina was only equivalent to the currently popular models.
Lotus Europa 1969 - George Best
George Best was one of the early football stars of the Northern Ireland team. He was very successful during his time as a winger for Manchester United. Besides, he was one of the most liberal players of that period. George Best was voted one of the most stylish men by GQ magazine in the past 50 years.
Lotus Europa is one of the models of George Best's collection.
George Best owns the 1969 Lotus Europa sports car. At the time of its launch in 1966, Europa was a model with an impressive 740 kg and a 78-hp engine produced by Renault. In addition to the Lotus Europa, George Best's car collection also has the Jaguar E-Type and many other classic cars.
BMW 2800 CS 1972 - Franz Beckenbauer
This is the favorite car of Franz Beckenbauer. The German football legend was very successful when winning the 1974 World Cup with West Germany, repeated the same feat when he was a coach in 1990.
Frank Beckenbauer owns one of the famous cars of BMW.
The 2800 CS in 1972 was one of BMW's famous cars in the past. The coupe was powered by an upright M30 6-cylinder engine, which was used until 1994 and was one of the best engines of the 20th century according to Wards Auto.
Ferrari Testarossa 1987 - Diego Maradona
The Ferrari black sports car was rated in accordance with the lifestyle of the Argentine football legend. Maradona's Testarossa was often used when visiting entertainment venues.
Maradona's Ferrari sports car was often seen in entertainment areas.
Ferrari Testarossa was produced from 1984 to 1996, designed by Pininfarina. Vehicles equipped with 12-cylinder engines with a 5-speed gearbox. This was one of Ferrari's most produced cars, nearly 10,000 units.
Mercedes W114 1970 - Pelé
"King of football" Pelé selected a luxury German model. In his career, the Brazilian player won a series of noble titles, won the World Cup 3 times with the national team.
Pelé selected a Mercedes luxury sedan.
W114 is Mercedes' famous large-size sedan, which was manufactured and strictly controlled in quality. This model was only distributed in certain markets, starting the period of production of durable, safe and large-sized products.
By: Jimmy Saunders