Earlier this week we ran a narrative concerning the Rinspeed R69 Porsche Testarossa up for public sale on Amassing Vehicles. The mutant coupe began life as a sane 911 Turbo earlier than being brutally reshaped within the mid Eighties by Swiss tuning home Rinspeed – the identical firm that will later go on to create the even weirder submersible Lotus Elise.
However that Rinspeed R69 was simply one in all dozens of outrageously modified premium and unique automobiles that got here out of mainland Europe from the late Nineteen Seventies to the early Nineties. If you would like a deep dive we suggest you head over to Bram Corts’ SEL1000, which is a correct treasure trove of tuning lunacy. However for a style of the tastelessness that awaits there, listed below are 10 of the nuttiest tuned European exotics from the Eighties and early ’90s.
The Koenig-modded Testarossa was the poster little one for tuned Eighties exotics, as a result of, properly, there have been posters of them on teenage boys’ bedrooms all over the place by the tip of that decade.
Utilizing data gained from his earlier Ferrari 512BB-based automobiles, former German Hillclimb champion Willy Koenig gave the most popular of his twin-turbo Testarossas over 1000 bhp, making them twice as highly effective as an F40.
Styling Storage 500SGS Gullwing
The unique Mercedes 300SL kickstarted the gullwing door craze again within the Fifties, so it was inevitable that somebody would attempt to adapt the expertise to a contemporary Benz within the decade when style left city. First to do it was Styling Storage, which unviled its SEC-based 500SGS Gullwing in 1982.
Koenig Specials R107 SL
Although most likely finest recognized for his Ferraris, Koenig messed with Mercedes and Porsche automobiles, too. However taking a look at this R107 SL, possibly he shouldn’t have bothered. The Testarossa-style facet strakes and that vast wing sit awkwardly with the genteel SL’s sheetmetal, and much more awkwardly with the buttoned leather-based inside of some Koenig-converted automobiles that seemed prefer it was lifted out of a Nineteen Seventies Detroit land yacht.
Voittorio Strosek reduce his tooth at Koenig Specials earlier than reducing up Porsches underneath his personal title, most memorably, the 928. Early variations misplaced the usual automobile’s pop-up lights, however gained twin Naca ducts and a hood bulge, whereas later fashions like this 1992 Extremely Wing featured projector lights and Mercedes SLR-style doorways.
B+B Auto Exclusiv 928 Targa
Porsche’s 928 had solely been round for a yr when B+B Auto Exclusiv set about it with an angle grinder, chopping off the higher rear bodywork and many of the roof. The outcome seemed unusually harking back to Honda’s a lot later CR-X sel Sol, although solely the 928 bought a T bar stuffed stuffed with CB radio tools. Properly, it was 1979.
Rinspeed Porsche 939
For those who’re pondering Porsche didn’t make a 939, you’d be proper. However 911 + 28 is 939, which is just about what Rinspeed did, grafting the V8 GT’s entrance and taillights onto the flat-six automobile’s physique. The outcome was hardly lovely, but it surely definitely stood out, which was half the battle within the Eighties European tuning scene.
The Ruf CTR is nearly too tasteful to be included on this listing of questionable conversions, however we couldn’t speak about tuned German exotics with out mentioning probably the most well-known of all of them. Mating 463 bhp of tuned turbo flat-six with the thin Carrera’s shell, the CTR, or Yellowbird as its generally recognized after the colour of the demonstrator, reached 211 mph in a 1987 Highway & Monitor take a look at, wiping the banked ground of VW’s Ehra-Lessien take a look at observe with rivals from Ferrari, Lamborghini and AMG.
Gemballa Avalanche 911
Yellow paint of the press/demo automobile apart, Ruf’s CTR didn’t shout about its efficiency, however Gemballa’s Avalanche definitely did. It additionally used a Ruf-tuned flat-six, however what actually bought folks speaking about Gemballa was the wide-arch physique styling and a wild rear wing that made an everyday Turbo’s whaletail look as apologetic as a trunklid lip spoiler. Issues bought even crazier with the later Mirage, a one-off 911 with a chopped roof, 500 hp motor and camera-based door mirrors.
Ekkehard Zimmermann’s DP (Design and Plastic) Motorsport designed and produced the bodywork of the slant-nose Porsche 935 K3 Kremer used to win the 1979 Le Mans 24 Hours, and was quickly providing related automobiles for the road.
However in the event you have been going to choose a DP automobile for a visit to the grocery retailer you’d be higher off with the DP Cargo, a square-off capturing brake primarily based on the 924 or 944 that appears extra like a hearse in a rush than a sports activities automobile. And we thought BMW’s clown shoe Z3 M coupe seemed awkward…
Treser Quattro roadster
Giving the DP Cargo a run for its cash within the ugly stakes was the Treser Quattro Roadster. As head of Audi Sport on the daybreak of the Eighties, Walter Treser was a key determine within the Audi Quattro story. However he felt the automobile was able to greater than Audi would enable, and left to arrange on his personal the place one in all his creations was a retractable hardtop model of the all-wheel drive icon, although considered from this angle it seems to be extra like Audi’s reply to a Chevy El Camino SS.
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