Tuner Tuesday: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America Gemballa Slantnose

Gemballa has been around for quite a while. Since the early 80’s they’ve been creating designs for a wide variety of Porsches with a few Mercedes and Ferraris thrown in as well. Honestly, most of their designs I haven’t much liked. I like over the top – I mean I’m a fan of RWB – but Gemballa has always seemed over the top in a way that I found unappealing. It’s a fine line for tuners to walk and built entirely upon subjectivity; some find the right balance, some miss the mark.

Here we have one that I do like. At least for the most part. Based off the 911 RS America, this Gemballa build was to serve as a showcase car and, if we’re to believe the ad, demonstrate the more refined style they were hoping to put forth once the excesses of the ’80s were behind them. It’s still fairly over the top, but not too crazy and its likeness to the Flatnose Turbo S makes it look like something the factory may have even produced. It’s sort of a melding of the Turbo S and the 3.8 Carrera RSR, both highly sought after machines that turn the heads of just about anyone who sees one. I imagine this Gemballa will do the same.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America Gemballa Slantnose on eBay

Year: 1993
Model: 911 RS America
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 16,937 mi
Price: $99,500 Buy It Now

Before Singer’s amazing creations, before RWB’s wide bodies, before Magnus Walker officially made it cool to NOT be a typical Porsche guy, before TechArt, there was Uwe Gemballa.

The Gemballa’s of the 80’s were radical creations with massive body kits and interior customization. As Gemballa moved into the 90’s they evolved into a more performance focused company with more subtle streamlined body work.

Convertible Week: 1995 Porsche 993 C4 Cabriolet

Timeless doesn’t begin to describe the looks of the 911 no matter the generation and this 993 is certainly no exception. In the Porsche lineup, the 993 is the sweet spot as far as I’m concerned. The 993 is the highest evolution of the air-cooled cars and the 3.6 liter boxer six pushed the C4 to 60 in 5.7 seconds (5.2 for the C2) and topped out at 168 mph. Not too bad for a six cylinder. The 993 was the last car before the “ugly years” as I like to call them, when Porsche gave the 911 one of the worst face lifts it had ever had. Which ever generation you prefer, this low mileage 993 C4 for sale in Springfield, Missouri is a cool nice weather cruiser.

Year: 1995
Model: 993 C4 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 33,000 mi
Price: $56,900 Buy It Now

1995 Porsche 993 C4 Cabriolet on eBay

 1995 993 “C4″ Cabriolet. Raven black with Porsche black leather. Awesome hand picked example with some super trick options! Only 33K sunny day miles. Shines like black marble. Equipment includes:

3.6 liter 270 bhp motor with hydraulic self adjusting valve lifters
Dual knock sensors
Resonant induction system
Dual exahaust
Vented disc brakes with ABS
Limited slip differential with ABD front and rear stabilizer bars
18” Technology alloy wheels
Power top and headlight washers
Power steering
Filtered A/C system
Central locking
Alarm system
Full power drivers seat with partial power passenger seat
Metal door sill with crest
Aluminum shifter and brake handle with carbon fiber inlays
Head restraint with Porsche crest
AM/FM CD with Hi Fi sound system speakers
European lowering springs
Gemballa Turbo S aero kit with front integrated spoiler
Vented side skirts and rear spoiler with integrated third brake light and chrome exhaust tips

Wow, what a cool looking car!

7k Mile 2002 Porsche 996 Turbo With Gads of Upgrades

People with money do silly things.  Things like buying a $130k Porsche 996 turbo, spend even more money upgrading it and then they let it sit.  Only puling out of the garage to wash, wax, and tuck it back into the garage.  I am not sure today’s cars are going to have the collectivity of the autos of yore.  It would be tragic to assume they will only to find that the same sense of sentimentality may not exist in 30 years.  Think of all that time behind the wheel that was lost for the fear of getting a ding, scratch, or heaven forbid racking up some miles on your “precious.”

On the flip side it sure is nice when one of these hits the market.

2002 Porsche 996 Turbo:

From the seller –

“2002 PORSCHE 911 TURBO COUPE GEMBALLA

SPEED YELLOW EXTERIOR

BLACK INTERIOR

ONLY 7K MILES

THIS CAR WAS OWNED BY OUR OWNER

JUST HAD 4 BRAND NEW MICHELIN TIRES AND 30K SERVICE BY LOCAL PORSCHE DEALER INCLUDING NEW BELTS, HOSES AND PLUGS

CARFAX CERTIFIED ONE OWNER NO ACCIDENTS NO DAMAGE.”

The 996 cars are my least favorite of the 911 series.  With that I think the Turbo cars are terribly undervalued.  If you are not into attention seeking maneuvers this may not work for you.  Speed Yellow is a very striking hue and with the wheels, wing, and other styling bits the look verges on being over the top.

But the car itself looks to be as new and the $75k buy it now gets you a great deal of performance for the fraction of a comparable new one.  Bidding currently sits at $42k, the reserve has yet to be met

~Aaron.…

2001 BBi Autosport Porsche 996 911 Twin Turbo

I can see this car falling into the hands of someone with more money than brains resulting in a fairly unhappy ending.
What we have is a twin turbo 996 that has a 3.8 liter engine and rear drive conversion full of speed parts. Mahle pistons, Carrillo rods, new turbos, wastegates, exhaust, and more. On race fuel the seller states the car puts out 1200 horsepower. That is a fairly ridiculous number, but the seller has a certificate from the legendary Texas Mile showing the car crossed the line at a few ticks over 212 MPH, last fall. Even with the low 3150 lb weight thanks to things like a carbon Gemballa hood, that top speed shows the car is packing some serious punch in the engine compartment.

55,000 miles on the clock with $79,500 buy it now. It is unclear when the engine work was completed. It would be nice to know how many miles are on the engine since the work was done.

There are plenty of automotive ways to get your self in a heap of trouble for less, but not too many that can get you into trouble at over 200 MPH for this price.

~Evan…

A few nice custom 930 Porsches, sublime or ridiculous

****UPDATE**** 9/14/09
It was brought to our attention by a reader that the yellow widebody Porsche listed below has some discrepancies with VIN #s and seller legitimacy. If you see this Porsche listed proceed with care.

There is something about a 930 Porsche that just feels right. Nice proportions, fine performance, and fewer/simpler electronic gizmos than more modern 911s. They have that great Porsche sound. Really a work horse and driver’s car for the 80s Porsche enthusiast. I put 930 Porsche’s in that category of car that offers a pure driving experience in a package that begs to get out on the road rain or shine. Not quite the same as the new GT3 your neighbor owns that will never see its true potential as it only gets out of the garage on the trip to the golf course and even then only on cloudless days.

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Prices seem very solid and stable for good 930s. This shows positively on how collectors view these models. $15k should get you an almost daily driver worthy Porsche, that you can enjoy most of the year (year round down south), and that you could probably sell in a few years for what you paid. The $25k ask for this Gemballa in need of work seems a bit high, particularly when for a tick over $20k and a Strosek bodied 1986 sold at $20k. 1977 Porsche 930 slantnose1986 Porsche 930 Strosek

eBay is notorious for making it hard to sell damaged cars for decent prices. An auction format is supposed to show true market value, but I rarely see auctions for damaged cars like this, that have a seller’s reserve actually complete successfully.…

1989 Mercedes 560SEC Gemballa: The Definition of Gaudy!

There was a time when I thought Don Johnson, dayglo, and hair gel were all good ideas. And this Gemballa would’ve for sure been welcomed in my dream garage. Of course I was 14 at the time. Twenty years later, hmmmm, not so much. Gemballa modified cars are always over the top, but this one is so in your face!

1989 Mercedes 560SEC Gemballa on eBay

quote from eBay listing:

Introducing the legend of the eighties The Gemballa 560SEC, Where performance elegance and superiority all meet in this Fabulous and rare SEC, this Gemballa is one of 4 Gemballa,s Around the world known of existent and the only one that comes With black exterior and black / red interior all leather including Headliner which make it one of its kind, a rare digital cluster as
Well as many rare parts way ahead of its time. For so many years You can only see this rare car in a magazine or on a poster, but now it is available for those who love rare and special things in life.

From a collector’s view, it’s rare, hand built, and very unique. I’ll be curious to see if any real bids are made as it’s currently at ~$20k reserve not met.

dc…