A Porsche once owned by drug lord Pablo Escobar during his short career as a racing driver has hit the market for $ 2.2 million.
The Colombian criminal appeared in reports of racing events in Bogota before becoming notorious as the murderous cartel boss who amassed an estimated $ 30 billion worth of cocaine until his death in 1993.
His fleet included this Porsche 911 RSR, which was built in West Germany in 1974 and raced in the International Race of Champions before falling into Escobar’s hands.
The car went into storage after his death but has since been restored and repainted in its original pastel yellow color and dealers claim it is ‘ready to race or to be added to your collection’.
Luxury Wheels: This 1974 Porsche 911 RSR, which goes on sale for $ 2.2 million, was once owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who made an estimated $ 30 billion in his cocaine cartel before his death in 1993.
‘Piece of history’: A label on the side of the car shows it was once driven by Brazilian Formula 1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi, but its better-known owner was Escobar, who also had a short career as a racing driver.
At the wheel: Escobar in a racing car in the early 1980s in Medellin, the city that gave its name to his murderous drug gang
Described by dealers as a ‘piece of history’, the model is one of only 15 to have ever existed, built specifically for drivers during the 1974 International Race of Champions.
At the time, he was driven by Brazilian F1 driver Emmerson Fittipaldi, but is believed to have changed hands several more times before ending up in Escobar’s collection.
In addition to the Porsche, Escobar is said to have had a vintage Cadillac in tribute to Al Capone, as well as a fleet of other vehicles from Mercedes, Toyota and Renault, among others.
Escobar’s racing career was relatively modest compared to his fame as a narcoterrorist, but he is said to have finished second in a tournament called the Copa Renault 4.
There are stories of Escobar involving the local police force in a plot to sabotage his racing rivals by persuading them on their way to a race.
While early reports of his 1970s racing exploits made no mention of his criminal background, by then he had already established the crime empire that would eventually become the dreaded Medellin Cartel in Colombia.
On the driver’s seat: A view of the interior of the Porsche, which was made in West Germany in 1974 and has now been restored after being saved during a police operation in 1993 in the years following Escobar’s death.
Restored: A front view of the 1974 vehicle that dealers say has been restored to its original pastel yellow, with each vehicle in the series originally painted a different color to take advantage of new color TVs
Under the hood: the Porsche-made engine on the vehicle once owned by Escobar, which showed up in press releases from racing events before becoming notorious as a cartel boss
The cartel shipped billions of dollars worth of cocaine to the United States and Europe and was behind a series of bloody murders, bombings and attacks on Escobar’s orders.
Drug agents believed the Medellin gang was responsible for 80 percent of US cocaine imports at the height of its power.
The city of Medellin, after which the cartel is named, was once called the most dangerous on Earth, with thousands of people killed in violence unleashed by Escobar and his deadly agents.
The group eventually collapsed after Escobar reported himself to authorities in 1991, escaped again the following year, and was finally killed by security forces in 1993.
Part of a set: In addition to the Porsche, Escobar is said to have had a vintage Cadillac in tribute to Al Capone, as well as a fleet of other vehicles from Mercedes, Toyota and Renault, among others
Rear view: The restored car that was once raced in the International Race of Champions and later belonged to a drug lord
Another Escobar property, an apartment complex where he once lived in Medellin, was destroyed in 2019 after it became a destination for tourists on much-maligned ‘narco tours’.
How the Porsche ended up in Florida is not entirely clear, but it is now sold by Atlantis Motor Group, which boasts that 1974 series cars are ‘very rarely put up for sale’.
Another in the series, driven by Peter Revson, once belonged to Jerry Seinfeld until he put it up for auction along with two other Porsches from his collection in 2016.
Dealers say the Escobar vehicle has been “professionally restored,” adding that it is “ready to race or to be added to your collection.”
For Sale: The Escobar car, on display in a garage alongside other luxury vehicles, is on the market for $ 2.2 million
Signed: The signature is not that of Escobar but of Fittipaldi, the Brazilian driver for whom the car was originally made
A plaque showing that the car was made in West Germany before making its way to North America and eventually Escobar