You Need This: Drop-Top, Slope-Nose Gemballa Porsche 911

The ’80s didn’t exactly keep things on the down-low: big hair, popped collars and loud colors. This 1986 Gemballa Cyrrus, being auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on September 6, captures the entire scene. If you always dreamed of being chased by Crockett and Tubbs, then this is the car.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/3/17 10:09 a.m.

By the way, JG and I totally combining our pennies to buy this.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
9/3/17 11:46 a.m.

I had forgotten how bad 80s supercars looked and how much I loved them as a kid

nocones
nocones UltraDork
9/3/17 12:27 p.m.

This is how 30 year future us will talk about RWB 911s and Liberty Walk supercars isn't it.

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
9/3/17 12:48 p.m.

Just stay out of South Africa.

Danny Shields
Danny Shields Reader
9/3/17 12:57 p.m.

Once again, we see just how hard it is to improve the look of a Porsche.

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
9/3/17 1:51 p.m.
David S. Wallens wrote: By the way, JG and I totally combining our pennies to buy this.

Is he planning on becoming a cocaine addic or dealer?

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
9/3/17 1:52 p.m.

well, the slope nose or "flat nose" was done by the Porsche factory for aerodynamics in racing, so I give that a pass, but the Gembella bits.. nope, there was a lot of coke going into that design

Two_Tools_In_a_Tent
Two_Tools_In_a_Tent Reader
9/3/17 2:20 p.m.

Yeeeesh ! !

BlueInGreen44
BlueInGreen44 SuperDork
9/3/17 2:48 p.m.
nocones wrote: This is how 30 year future us will talk about RWB 911s and Liberty Walk supercars isn't it.

Pretty much.

Crackers
Crackers HalfDork
9/3/17 3:14 p.m.
nocones wrote: This is how 30 year future us will talk about RWB 911s and Liberty Walk supercars isn't it.

No, I think they were all equally hated during their inception.

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
9/3/17 3:14 p.m.

Someone needs that, but it isn't me.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
9/3/17 4:06 p.m.

This is a car that for me was absolutely fantastic when new but as time has moved on it has become less appealing to me. Don't know why. It is completely the opposite for a wide body 87 911. I liked them but they were not really something I was crazy about. Now however I really want one. There is one parked down the street that a guy appears to DD and I am practically drooling every time I see it. Hell I will sometimes take the longer way home just to see it.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/3/17 5:40 p.m.

A year or two ago my Porsche mechanic picked up a DP slope-nose, Turbo-look cab--red with white interior. The rear wheels were something like 15x13-inch BBS. It was totally Miami.

DWNSHFT
DWNSHFT Dork
9/3/17 7:16 p.m.

There is excess and then there is wretched excess. Gemballa pretty much owned wretched excess.

Wall-e
Wall-e MegaDork
9/3/17 7:18 p.m.

I have always wanted one in white with a blue interior.

Toebra
Toebra HalfDork
9/3/17 7:33 p.m.

If I had the dough to buy that, I would buy a half dozen really nice 914s instead.

RossD
RossD MegaDork
9/3/17 7:38 p.m.
Wall-e wrote: I have always wanted one in white with a blue interior.

Only if your white Gemballa's got no door handles.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
9/3/17 9:44 p.m.
mad_machine wrote: I had forgotten how bad 80s supercars looked and how much I loved them as a kid

And then I remembered how much I love them today.

Recon1342
Recon1342 Reader
9/3/17 11:16 p.m.

It doesn't look as bad from the front angles.... But that profile shot-

secretariata
secretariata Dork
9/3/17 11:22 p.m.
noddaz wrote: Someone needs that, but it isn't me.

I second this motion...

When this "You need this" thing started you guys were right on target, but I gotta say the last 5-6 have been full of "NOPE, would set it on fire if somebody gave it to me surely wouldn't spend money on that..." Maybe a recalibration is due?

chandlerGTi
chandlerGTi PowerDork
9/4/17 6:45 a.m.
Appleseed wrote:
mad_machine wrote: I had forgotten how bad 80s supercars looked and how much I loved them as a kid

And then I remembered how much I love them today.

All of that

HapDL
HapDL New Reader
9/4/17 12:23 p.m.

That comes from the Over The Top school of auto design that goes by the maxim "if a few creases, wings and doodads are good then a whole wad of them are even better". Sort of like the C7 'vette and the new Civic Type R, all living proof that less is indeed more.

OldGray320i
OldGray320i Dork
9/4/17 6:51 p.m.

Best looking car ever sculpted.

Anybody who doesn't like that is crazy.

snort... sniffle

Hey, when's that berkelying dealer getting here, I'm almost out!!!

Mitchell
Mitchell UberDork
9/4/17 9:07 p.m.

How does someone drive a car like that only 19k miles in 30 years?

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
9/4/17 10:40 p.m.

I would need a white sportcoat to drive that.. and a lot of coke. I will pass

AaronBalto
AaronBalto Reader
9/5/17 11:49 a.m.

The lower end of the estimated price range is over $160,000--and it's not even a Turbo. Whoever buys this will clearly have no taste AND no sense. Nor will they have their $160,000, I suppose...

Huckleberry
Huckleberry MegaDork
9/5/17 6:26 p.m.
Mitchell wrote: How does someone drive a car like that only 19k miles in 30 years?

Only? That is a lot of miles to be wearing that shame.

The0retical
The0retical SuperDork
9/5/17 6:30 p.m.

One of these and a burple Countach is all I need in life.

chandlerGTi
chandlerGTi PowerDork
9/5/17 7:01 p.m.
Huckleberry said:
Mitchell wrote: How does someone drive a car like that only 19k miles in 30 years?

Only? That is a lot of miles to be wearing that shame.

If it were mine it would have hundreds of thousands of miles. I love it.

 

I still remember seeing the Alpine Gemballa car at stereo shops around upstate New York as I was growing up. Not easily forgotten.

Cotton
Cotton UberDork
9/6/17 12:00 p.m.
Mitchell wrote: How does someone drive a car like that only 19k miles in 30 years?

It's pretty easy when you have a lot of cars.  

Also,  I like the car and a lot of the 80s tuner craziness in general.  I'd happily park that crazy rig beside my 100% stock 88 Carrera coupe commemorative edition with only 23k original miles.

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe UberDork
9/6/17 12:32 p.m.

Man that is ugly. 

 

How hard is it to make a Slantnose look right. 

Answer

ncjay
ncjay SuperDork
9/6/17 4:22 p.m.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
9/6/17 6:54 p.m.

S-T-R-A-K-E-S for the win.  You could slice a lot of cheese with those things.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
9/6/17 9:34 p.m.
wearymicrobe said:

Man that is ugly. 

 

How hard is it to make a Slantnose look right. 

Answer

From that angle, the Flat nose looks great. From the side, not-so-much

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