Gemballa 930 Avalanche - The clue is in the name
I'm not generally a fan of the more outrageous Porsche tuners. RWB's efforts for example generally leave me stumped.. and in the cold light of day this Gemballa creation from the 80's is pretty hard to stomach. However it is SO hideous and SO much effort clearly went into making it that in a curious way it is kind of worming itself into my affections. If I was an avid Porsche collector I think once I'd covered all the main bases (2.7RS, 930 turbo, 959, 356..etch) I might well be tempted to get an Avalanche in there.. just as a mascot of 80's excess. I'd put it right next to the DeLorean from Back to the Future and KITT, the Trans Am used in Knight Rider.
The Avalanche was powered by an uprated 3.4 litre Porsche turbo engine tuned by RUF producing 375BHP, about 75 more than the factory engine. Despite this performance increase the Avalanche is clearly mainly about looks, the extra weight and weird aerodynamics would suggest a standard 930 would actually be quicker. Interestingly the rear arches were hand beaten out of solid steel as opposed to the glass fibre arches used by most other 80s tuners. Gemballa were also the first to offer rear facing cameras. Internet sources point to a total production of 13 cars, most of which surely ended up in the Middle East and Asia. In the 1990âs Gemaballa updated the programme by using the 964/965 as base cars. These were a little more restrained than the 80s cars and somewhat lacking in comparison.
Enjoy the pics.
From a cabrio but I'm sure the coupe version would have been similarly restained..
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