Original 1986 price: nearly $700,000.
If you have around $200,000 to spare on a new ride, you could go out and buy a new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo. But if you want something that'll stand out from the rest of the pack that still wears the Stuggart crest and don't mind going a bit old school, then this 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo-based Gemballa Avalanche is the answer.
The Porsche 930 was already one of the best high-performance sports cars of the 1980s before aftermarket tuners Gemballa and RUF decided to take a crack at making it even better. Gemballa has long been known for its, shall we say, unique exterior styling and bespoke interiors.
Founder Uwe Gemballa was tragically murdered in 2010 while in South Africa for a business trip gone wrong. But there were happier times.
The Avalanche debuted in 1985 with a price tag of 390,000 Deutsche Marks, or about $700,000. Almost immediately it became the must-have exotic for 80s era celebrities like rapper Vanilla Ice. He even mentioned the car in the lyrics for one of his songs: "Of course a Vanilla rides the groove like a Gemballa Porsche." Each 930 donor car received bespoke body panels and interior upgrades fitted with the era's latest technologies.
As for RUF, the renowned performance tuner was given the task of mechanical upgrades, including a dual-exhaust system, power output upgrade to 375 horsepower, and a five-speed "dog-leg" manual transmission. There are also 17-inch chrome-finished split-rim alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot rubber, chrome strut brace, and pop-up headlights instead of the classic fixed units.
The interior is decked out with white dials, black leather sports seats, an electric sunroof and windows, and air conditioning. There's even a Cobra alarm system and an Alpine tuner CD player complete with a digital amplifier. This Avalanche's backstory dates back to 1986 when it was first registered to a dealer in Puerto Rico. Somewhere along the way, it was shipped to the UK where it remains today. It's just one of 15 examples built. Supposedly, it was built towards the very end of the production run and has barely been driven. There's less than 14,000 miles on its clock.
The price? 199,950 GBP, or about $249,000 according to current exchange rates. Like we said, if you can afford a new 911 Turbo, this ultra-rare 80s oddity is also doable. The car is located in the UK so expect additional shipping costs.