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To be auctioned soon at RM Sotheby’s is the 1986 Gemballa Avalanche — the car that put German car manufacturer Gemballa on the world stage for outrageous bespoke cars, costing over $500,000 USD a piece during the 1980s.

While the company’s 34 years of experience is known for refining and individualization of Porsche and McLaren sports cars, the company, which was based near Porsche in Germany, was founded in 1981 by Uwe Gemballa, an engineer who started out creating bespoke interiors before turning his attention to producing whole cars based on Porsche 930s.

The Gemballa Avalanche debuted in 1985 with a price of about $700,000 USD, and it was aimed at those who flaunted their wealth, with the most famous owner of an Avalanche being rapper, Vanilla Ice.

Each Avalanche was extensively modified by Gemballa with unique body panels all-round, including the left and right side reminiscent of the Ferrari Testarossa, while bespoke interiors were filled with the latest technology at the time. Mechanical modifications were handled by RUF, as cars were being finished to customer requirements.

The Avalanche shown here is one of the final examples, built in 1986 and draped in a metallic pearlescent white, with a contrasting black leather interior. The engine was modified by RUF that churns 375 bhp, up from the original 300 bhp, and only boasts 13,800 miles in its first 30 years of life.

Being a very rare vehicle on the road as just 15 Gemballa Avalanches were built since the first eight years of production, bidding for the car is suggested to start at about $185,000-$230,000 USD.

If you’ve got the funds, head on over to RM Sotheby’s as it’ll be auctioned on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

In modern car news, BMW officially debuts the new M5 sedan with 600 horsepower.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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