Generally, when someone says that the price of a car has dropped $10,000 it’s a fire sale. For example, I’ve never bought a car for more than $10,000! But when you’re talking a rare, one of one Ruf BTR Lightweight, a $10,000 price drop means that the asking price is still a staggering $248,500. While this will remain eye candy to nearly everyone who reads this, I still thought it was worth a second look!
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In the world of Porsche tuners, Gemballa is one of the wilder companies. Starting out in 1981, Uwe Gemballa’s first creation was the Avalanche, based on the 911 3.2 Slantnose. Wider fenders, side strakes akin to what was seen on the Ferrari Testarossa and a host of interior upgrades were the order of the day. The wild excess of the 1980s led to a bit more subtle aftermarket kits in the 1990s and greater performance. For a time, a 600 bhp Gemballa 911 held a lap record at the Nürburgring before being surpassed by a Carrera GT. The company’s fortunes took a sad turn in 2010. Uwe Gemballa suddenly went missing in February of that year, only to be found murdered several months later. The CEO, Andreas Schwarz, along with an investor was able to buy the brand rights and in August 2010 Gemballa GmbH was formed.
The car we see here for sale in Phoenix, Arizona is a 993-based Turbo Cabriolet. After the 3.3 liter Turbo Cabriolet of the 1980s, Porsche would never again offer an air-cooled Turbo Cabriolet. So what should have been a no brainer in the product portfolio turns out to be rather special in this case. It’s an interesting mix of 1980s styling cues with more current 911 underpinnings.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Gemballa on eBay
There’s been a number of celebrities over the years who have tried to make the jump into motorsports, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. The actor Steve McQueen, often associated with the embodiment of cool, tried his hand at British Touring Car racing and won his class in a stint at the 12 Hours of Sebring, sharing the driving duties with Peter Revson and winning his class. More recently, the actor Patrick Dempsey has competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. One of the most memorable actors to get involved into the sport of racing was Paul Newman.
Newman’s role in the 1969 film Winning sparked his interest in racing and was the start of a lifelong obsession, both as a driver, team owner and winning Daytona at age 70. No doubt about it, any car associated with Newman is bound to grab the collector’s attention. This 1974 911S for sale in Georgia was raced by the actor in Sebring in 1977 and went on to campaign successfully for many years later.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 Porsche 911S on eBay
Ever since Pablo has joined us here at GCFSB, my appreciation for the front-engine, water-cooled Porsches of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s has grown greater than before. I never was one to view it as a lesser Porsche, as some 911 fanatics seem to. My interest in them grew stronger as Porsche unleashed a wave of new models beginning in the last decade that didn’t quite appeal to the enthusiast in me.
When the 928 was introduced, it earned the European Car of the Year award in 1978, the only sports car to ever have earned this acclaim. However, as 928 production came to a close, it wasn’t a huge seller. Not even 3,000 of the last iteration, the 928GTS, were sold from 1993 to 1995. I generally prefer the later 928s, but there’s something about the early ones that I can appreciate. It’s a pure design, one which has withstood the test of time. This 1980 example has been owned by the same person for the last 30 years and hasn’t cracked 50,000 miles yet.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Porsche 928 on eBay
The final year 964 Carrera 4 Widebody we featured back in June is back up for sale at the same price as before. These 964s are quite rare, this example being one of 238 produced. Will it fetch a premium over your standard 964 C4?