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If the first model of a collectible sports car is the MGB, the standard sports car would be the "Jaguar E-Type" and also the series 3.
GEMBALLA (Genbara) is a tuning manufacturer founded by Uwe Gemballa (Uwe Genbara) in Leonberg, near Stuttgart, Germany in 1981. AVALANCHE (avalanche), based on the Flat Nose 930 Turbo, suddenly became famous. At the time of its founding, the company was primarily involved in interior and exterior modifications, and its engines were supplied by RUF and other companies.
At first, we started developing 911 aerodynamic parts, as well as 924 and 928 aerodynamic parts. After that, we start to make a full-scale tuning car. In 1994, we developed a Porsche 911 (Type 993) based model equipped with a twin turbo engine. Based on the 911 GT3 (Type 996) introduced in 2002, the 600 horsepower "GEMBALLA GTR 600 R" set the record for the fastest car on the market at the time by wrapping the Nürburgring North Course in 7 minutes and 32 seconds.
The name Genbara became widely known in Japan during the bubble era, and agents were established to sell complete cars and aero kits. After that, it has been complicated, and it seems that there is no domestic agency after 2011.
In 2010, founder Uwe Genbara died. Since then, the business has continued under the new capitalists, and even now, in the place where it was founded, it is producing CompleteCar based on Porsche 911, Cayen, Panamera, etc. The company has also started a project to make Genbara's first original super sports car, and has announced that it will release a prototype in 2020 and start production in 2022.
|Shinichi Yamazaki’s Highlights!|
This individual is a 928 S4 based exterior made into Genbara style. The details such as the body side emblem are beautifully finished. The interior is the original black 928 as it is. The mileage is about 17000 km, so it is in excellent condition. I can hardly feel the sense of use at the back seat. The original 928 engine is still in use, with a 4957 cc V8 engine with a maximum output of 320 PS and a maximum torque of 43.9 kgm, and a 4AT transmission.
It seems that the first owner has been cherished for about 30 years. The current owner found the Genbara specification while he was looking for a 928 with a good mileage. However, he said that he decided to give up the car because he didn't have much opportunity to ride it because he had many cars.
The Genbara specs had an image of being a bit radical at the time, but after about 30 years, I was surprised to see the design processing of the wide rear fender and the double-layered rear wing without any sense of discomfort. In recent years, the value of the Porsche 928 has been reconsidered, but it may not be possible to find a car in such a beautiful condition.
Originally written by Shinichi Yamazaki
Photo by Satoshi Kamimura
Published On July 2019
|Year of Purchase||Dec 1987|