In the 1980s, if you had the cash to buy a Porsche 911 Turbo but sheer speed wasn’t enough to impress your inner Pablo Escobar, you went slant nose with Uwe Gemballa.
Do you own a McLaren 12C Spider? Do you hate its subtle styling, reminiscent of classic car design of the 1960s and '70s? Great! You can pay Gemballa $35,000 to ruin it for you.
It was probably the cocaine that turned the performance oriented tuning scene of the seventies into something very different a decade later. Or David Hasselhoff's hairy chest.
German Porsche Tuner Gemballa welcomed the next innovation in ridiculously expensive and hardly necessary automotive modifications this past week with the announcement they have engineered a process which will allow customers to coat the interior or exterior of their cars with genuine diamonds.
The Gemballa Mirage GT took Porsche's audacious Carrera GT and gave it more of everything. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Gemballa-aping Boxster also has more — more fiberglass, more inches between the wheels — but does it come with a price that should be less?
Uwe Gemballa — who ran a company featuring Porsche upgrades and disappeared soon after arriving in South Africa five months ago — has been found dead, shot execution-style in the head.
On today's episode of "Where In The World Are Uwe Gemballa?" everyone's favorite missing German tuner is on the run in Luanda, Angola. Plus, a special guest appearance by Czech fugitive billionaire Radovan Krejcir! Cue Rockapella.
Missing German Porsche tuner Uwe Gemballa is now under investigation by authorities in Stuttgart on suspicion of financial impropriety. Also, his family's suspended the reward for information regarding his whereabouts. Both revelations will turbocharge rumors he's not a kidnapping victim.
The search for exotic-car tuner Uwe Gemballa continues: German state police recently sent officers to South Africa and classified this as a "missing person" case. Where did you go, Uwe?
On Tuesday we reported that Uwe Gemballa had disappeared in South Africa, repeating CarsUK's suggestion that he could have planned his own disappearance. Today we spoke to Gemballa. Here's what they had to say.
Yesterday, the exotic car world was preparing to mourn the loss of tuner Uwe Gemballa, who "disappeared" in South Africa last week. Turns out he's probably still alive, but we should prepare to mourn the loss of his company anyway.
Obviously the Ferrari Enzo is wildly understated. It's barely passable as a pauper's car. That's why the Gemballa MIG-U1 takes the plain-vanilla bodywork and kicks it up a bit, finally making a reasonable conveyance for totally legitimate Russian businessman.
What car do you think of when you imagine a Russian taxi cab? A Lada? Maybe a Volga? Well apparently we need to change our perceptions, because these Russian taxis are quite different. These cabs are a Maybach 62 and a Gemballa-tuned Porsche Cayenne. But why would you want to ride around in such a vulgar means of…