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.
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.
I know not everyone likes these cars. When you take a shape as iconic and as loved as that of the 911 and you alter its profile there are going to be those who do not share much enthusiasm for such a creation. When the alteration is to perhaps the most recognizable portion of that original design, well, then you really might engender divisiveness. That’s pretty much exactly what the Slantnose option does to the 911.
The round headlights projecting forward from the hood are now gone in favor of a more sloped front borrowed from the 935. That the Slantnose is borrowed from what was itself an iconic Porsche does help take the sting away for those who prefer the original 911 design. Still, not everyone is a fan. I, however, am a fan, especially of the Coupe where all of the lines work well together. As part of the ’80s and the sometimes wild designs we saw on cars of that day the Slantnose fits in quite well and it absolutely stands out as a car from that period. It may not entirely look like a 911, but there’s still no mistaking it. Here we have a factory example: a Guards Red 1987 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe, located in New York, with just under 50K miles on it.
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 49,995 mi
Price: $240,000 Buy It Now
Offered for sale for the first time Factory 1987 Porsche Turbo 911 (930) with original factory Option 505 Slant nose
Porsche certificate of authenticity Shown in photos
Exterior – Guards Red
Interior- Black Leather
Privately Owned & Maintained since 2007
Garaged Stored, Never Driven in the Rain
Original 49,995 miles
No accidents or damage
Performance Updates :
Fabspeed Performance Exhaust w/Heaters
35R Garrett Turbo
This is meticulously maintained car to add to your collection !!
It feels like it’s been a while since I featured a Slantnose. They aren’t incredibly common by any means, but we also come across them fairly frequently. Admittedly a lot of them aren’t in great shape or have completely insane pricing. This one still seems priced high, but it at least comes in at a point that we can work with and the condition looks very good. Among ’80s machinery the Slantnose typifies the excess that defined parts of that decade. I can’t recall whether the 930 itself was considered an exotic; relative to the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the day a 930 is almost tame in its appearance. The Slantnose is a different animal though, and the Slantnose Cabriolet really takes those excesses to their limits. With the sloping front, a wide array of vents and strakes, and a massive whale tail, all found on a car where the top went down these definitely could be considered an exotic. It’s a car to be seen in and even today will attract plenty of notice.
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 51,796 mi
Price: $159,950 Buy It Now
1988 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) with the factory Slant Nose!!!
You are looking at a gorgeous, NUMBERS MATCHING, extremely well-kept, very exclusive and rare 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Slant Nose.
This is one of perhaps less than 300 outfitted from the factory as a convertible, turbo and slant nose 930.
It has never been wrecked, flooded, salvaged, or anything of that nature. It is easy to see that it was loved and taken care of since day 1.
This Slant Nose looks, drives, and feels amazing.
The original Fuchs forged wheels are in excellent condition, correct in size, and with brand new tires.
When considering 1980s modified Porsches, there’s visually fine line between a poorly executed garage swap and a full-blood, racing heritage model. Many will be familiar with the name DP Motorsports, and though rare we have featured quite a few of the DP935 model. In fact, Rob looked at a pretty blue one earlier this year. However, while some love the racing-inspired lines and livery, many more detest the somewhat poser status. I say “somewhat”, because more often than not we’ve seen these DP 935s feature upgraded powertrains. But if you really want the chops to back up the Le Mans-ready looks of the DP 935, there was really only one place to turn – the Kremer G5 Street 2:
I’ll return now to one of my favorite divisive cars, a Slantnose Porsche 930. The 930 itself, of course, is much beloved and admired. Remove the iconic 911 front end and replace it with the 935-derived Slantnose and reactions become more mixed. For some, like myself, it’s the perfect complement to the 930’s sometimes diabolical dynamics, bringing an extra note of aggression to an already aggressive car. It’s also over-the-top in its style in a way that seems fitting for this Turbo from the ’80s. At least on the 930 Coupe. But I do understand the dilemma and why some may not care for it. Either way, the factory examples tend to be pretty highly prized on the 930 market and the example here might serve us as a useful barometer for how that market is currently holding up. The price is very high, but the condition looks quite good and the mileage is pretty low so there should be some interest. So here we have a Black 1987 Porsche 911 Slantnose Coupe, located in Florida, with Beige leather interior and around 18,300 miles on it.
I’m going to take a break from “regular” Porsches to go to the full length of excess, at least with regard to road cars. Here we have a 1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with the factory Slantnose option and a mere 9,100 miles on it. By itself it’s nearly a preposterous looking car and while stunning it’s not likely to be a car most would call beautiful. Add to that already rare and interesting design a specially ordered Midnight Blue leather interior with contrasting Red piping along with a burled wood dash and you have a car that’s full of contradictions. It’s both sophisticated and garish. Powerful and dynamically befuddling, but capable of relaxed top-down cruising with the wind in your hair and sun on your face. There are few cars in Porsche’s history more polarizing than a 930 Slantnose, with the Cabriolet raising that bar even further. But they are extremely rare and desirable nonetheless and near impossible to find in this condition.
Porsche’s 935-derived Slantnose option, made available throughout most of the ’80s, remains a polarizing design among 911 enthusiasts. Because it alters the iconic profile of the 911, through the removal of its forward-pointing head lamps, some have always felt it was a detraction rather than enhancement. Yet, because it replaced that shape with the equally iconic front of the 935 racer the Slantnose does lend an added dose of aggression and purpose to what was already a notable design. It pushes the limits of what we consider over-the-top and epitomizes the excesses we saw in ’80s design. I happen to be a big fan of the design – at least on the Coupe. It is audacious, there is no doubt about that, but if there was ever a car to benefit from an audacious design the 930 fits that mold as well as any other. The second-hand market has found them extremely attractive as well as they tend to garner premiums over a similar condition non-Slatnose 930. The example here is a very striking Grand Prix White 1987 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe, located in California, with Bordeaux interior and only 24K miles on it.
Say you want a certain level of audacity in your driving machine, but not too much. You’d like to retain a measure of apparent civility. What are you to do? Well, here’s one possible option: a Silver Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe with a scant 17,800 miles on it. There really aren’t many cars with a more audacious appearance than a 930 Slantnose, at least when viewed through the lens of ’80s excess. Hood vents? Check. Side grills? Check. Enormous spoiler? Check. Crazy performance? Check. These pretty much have it all, which should be no surprise given where that slantnose shape was derived. The 935 always was insane. Yet this one sits in a very understated, but still appealing, Silver Metallic paint that tries its best to subdue the rest of the car. Completely obscuring those lines isn’t possible, but attention is surely diverted, even if only a little.
It feels like it has been a while since I featured a Slantnose. For pure audacity it is one of my favorite designs from Porsche and epitomizes the ’80s style excesses that compliment the 930 so well. The Slantnose isn’t to everyone’s liking as it diverges from one of the 911’s primary design cues, the two forward-pointing round headlamps that immediately signal to any knowledgeable observer exactly what car is approaching. In the case of the Slantnose Porsche reached back to its design of the 935 racer for its inspiration and the design certainly lends an extra degree of aggressiveness to the already aggressive lines of the 930 itself. In Coupe form I absolutely love them; Cabriolets and Targas I am less enamored. But in this case, we have a coupe! A Guards Red 1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose, located in Atlanta, with 33,780 miles on it.
One of the great things about this blog is that we keep a pretty good inventory of rare cars written up, so that when one looks familiar we can go back and check it out. This doesn’t always work, as occasionally we forget that we’ve written one up, such as the S6 Avant I managed to write up twice. However, both of today’s tuner cars appeared on these pages before in one form or another, and I managed to track both down. Later we’ll look at an Alpina B11 3.5 that was seen here five years ago, but with 332 made it was still a bit surprising that the same one popped up for sale. When it came to today’s Ruf BTR Slantnose – one of only five made – I was sure we’d seen it before, and I was somewhat right…