On October 15, 1989 Gabriela Sabatini She became the number three tennis player in the WTA rankings after winning the Filderstadt Tournament (now played in Stuttgart), Germany. There she defeated the American Mary Joe Fernández 7-6, 6-4. That day, Argentina’s best athlete not only won the trophy and a check for 250 thousand dollars, but also received Porsche 944 S2 convertible, prize given by Porsche, the main sponsor of the competition.
When the car arrived in Argentina, it was presented to the Sabatini family by businessman Carlos Zanazzi, who at the time had the official Porsche after-sales service. In that workshop, when he was only 20 years old, he worked as a mechanic’s assistant Jorge Lurie; who will later become its current owner. 31 years have passed since that love at first sight and behind all this time there is a story that deserves to be told.
Although Gaby herself had said that the Porsche would be a gift to his brother Osvaldo, he used it for two years and the car even had its moment of fame in the media. He showed this when President Carlos Menem invited him to lunch at Quinta de Olivos, November 1990. The reason for the meeting was to celebrate his professional success, as two months earlier he had won the US Open, the highest stage of the tournament. . his job.
A video uploaded to YouTube shows the exact moment when Gaby left the private residence, accompanied by tennis player Mónica Seles, driving a classic 944 S2 Tahoe Blue Metallic with Ivory leather interior (ivory).
According to the information published on a special website car accessories, The Porsche 944 S2 burst onto the market in 1989 and was an evolution of the 944. It had a 3-liter aspirated engine that produced 211 hp of power and 280 Nm of torque.
“In fact the Cabrio variant was produced in Weinsberg, Germany by ASC and only 16,944 units were produced that year for the US market and 3,938 in 1990 for other markets, including right-hand drive,” the publication detailed.
“I wasn’t at the 0km delivery but I was when Osvaldo Sabatini brought it to do the first 2000km service.. I remember we gave it to him in the middle of the week and on Sunday it appeared in the cover of Clarín that he had an accident with a car in Punta del Este,” he said. Infobae Jorge Lurie, its current owner.
“It had been said that the car had overturned and been damaged, but it was not the case. The Porsche was not running because the wheel was bent and crushed by the fender., he explained. “You estimate that the car has a windshield and air vents. It wasn’t a rollover, it was a minor accident. But that remained in people’s stories,” he admitted.
At the age of 54, Jorge still wonders why “Ova” never wanted to repair it and preferred to sell it damaged as it was: “It was just a matter of changing the suspension rack, fixing the fenders and that was it. Also, I know that Gaby really liked the car because she is a convertible lover and on top of that it had a manual transmission. It’s something I’ve yet to figure out.”
Finally, the car It was purchased by a prominent agent from the northern region, who bought it with the intention of repairing it and reselling it. “I understand that when he died, the man had not been able to fix it. Some time passed and the Porsche was sold again. Another agent from Villa Devoto bought it “He made it well and sold it to Dr. Faustino Arámbulo,” said Jorge, who through these turns of life established a close friendship with him because they were both lovers of “metal.”
At the time Jorge was working as a Workshop Manager for a Renault dealership in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, which was just one block from Faustino’s house. “He was a fan of the brand. He owned three Porsches: 911, 924 and Gaby Sabatini. I became their mechanic and repaired three of them in my own garage. which worked in the garage of my house, in Villa Adelina,” Jorge recalled.
Faustino was childless and took care of Porschi like them. He kept them in the garage and only used the 944 S2 to go to work at Moyano Hospital. “The car never went on the road or set foot on the Panamericana. I did about 15 kilometers a day, from Monday to Friday. Imagine that It currently has 70 thousand kilometers”Jorge said.
As the man grew older, he broke up with them. First he sold a Porsche 911 and then a Porsche 924. “I had a copy of the keys to three cars and a remote control to get in and out of the garage whenever I wanted. He really believed in me and wanted me to buy from him.“Jorge said.
“We made a deal and he sold it to me at a nominal price. He told me to pay him however I could. I put the car in my name in 2020 but it was in Faustino’s hands until he died in 2022. Although I didn’t drive it anymore, because I was over 90 years old, I went shopping and spent a little time looking at it. on the road, in the garage before returning home. Since I turned it on every once in a while, I spent more money on batteries than gasoline. “I had a special love for him,” he explained when he defended his decision to want Faustino to keep him until the end.
Recently, Jorge took the Porsche apart and completely serviced it. He braked, changed the fluid and filters. But when the time finally came to use it and enjoy it, he changed his mind.
“This car is a real box and feels like a bane to me. I never realized it was mine. Since Faustino died it is not right, I prefer it to be owned by someone who appreciates and cares for it like he does. It is a unique car in the country and it was won by someone like Gabriela Sabatini,” said Jorge, who last week decided to put it up for sale.
Currently, the Porsche is displayed in a special tax agency located in the city of Buenos Aires of Florida, district of Vicente López, and. listed at USD 54 thousand. “It is worth clarifying that the car that Gaby was photographed in the Porshe Cup final is another. In Argentina, they brought her a car with the color she requested and other wheels. I have documents that prove that the car was hers,” Jorge concluded.