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Nothing Screams 'Substance Abuse' Like A 1980s Gemballa 911 Interior

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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.

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Cocaine jokes aside, Gemballa was the real deal back in the day. Luxury brands like Bentley and Rolls-Royce can go on and on about their bespoke interiors and the craftsmanship involved, and yes, drug money certainly paid for some of their products as well throughout the years. But Uwe Gemballa went much further only to finish the game in true Miami Vice fashion.

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That authenticity and level of dedication is reminiscent in Gemballa’s cars too. When it came to Porsches, it was 930 or nothing as a base for his show cars, but he made kits for 944s and 928s as well.

While Bram Corts’ always brilliant 1000SEL points out that most Gemballa Avalanche and Mirage models featured Pioneer audio systems in the center of their insanely complicated entertainment packages, these early photos reveal a Porsche 911 Targa equipped with a Clarion set as well as champagne fridge and a color television where the glovebox used to be.

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Illustration for article titled Nothing Screams Substance Abuse Like A 1980s Gemballa 911 Interior
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I’d drive this beyond the Thunderdome!

Photo credit: Freddesix

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For whatever reason normal Porsches bore me to no end. Literally have never had a desire for one. Inexplicably I love the tuned Porsches though. Ruf, Gemballa, Rennspeed, 9ff, Koenig, etc...Maybe it’s because I know “true Porsche fans” hate them..and I guess that makes me a little warm and fuzzy inside. I mean look how amazing this is!!