When legendary Porsche tuner Uwe Gemballa disappeared in February, most of us just chalked it up to a once successful businessman going on the run to avoid prosecution. Unethical, perhaps, but not uncommon, and sooner or later Gemaballa would turn up, get handed over to German authorities, and face trial. Sadly, that isn’t the case, and it looks like Gemballa was the victim of an organized crime hit.
CarsUK, via the Sunday Times South Africa, reports that Gemballa’s body was found on Sunday in Pretoria, South Africa. His hands were bound behind his back, and he’d been shot in the head, typical of an execution style slaying. Gemballa was reportedly linked to a money laundering scheme run by Radovan Krejcir, a Czech billionaire allegedly linked to organized crime.
Gemballa’s tuning firm, Gemballa Autotechnik, was declared insolvent following Uwe Gemballa’s disappearance. It has since reorganized under new ownership, offering a range of high performance Porsches based on the 911, Cayenne, Carrera GT and Panamera.