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Tuner Tuesday: 1995 Ruf BTR

From a poorly represented backyard creation of a tuned E28 BMW we’re heading for probably the most respected and coveted tuner in the world. Ruf cars are legendary and have been since new – grabbing headlines and turning heads wherever they go. By the 1990s, though, Ruf had some serious competition from within Porsche itself. Porsche not only had the monstrous 400 horsepower, all-wheel drive spiritual successor to the 959 in the Turbo, but it also had a stripped and widened GT2 model homologated for racing. Adding power was good, but Ruf really needed to set itself apart. The result was the wild CTR, probably the most famous of which I wrote up about a year ago. But behind the big splashing headlines of the power figures of the CTR was the successor to the Yellowbird – the BTR:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Ruf BTR on eBay

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To Force or Not To Force 2: 1993 968 Coupe and 1992 968 Cabriolet Supercharged

In my post from earlier today, I looked at the dilemma in my fictional enthusiast life; the Porsche 944 Turbo versus the 944S2. To throw a monkey wrench into that theoretical debate, there is of course the car that replaced the 944S2 – the 968. With updated styling, the addition of the Variocam variable valve timing and a 6th gear, the 968 is arguably one of the best front-engined water-cooled Porsches. Now with better fuel economy, modernized looks and 236 horsepower, it was really a match for the 944 Turbo. However, as I’ve covered before, most of the competition left it behind; in the marketplace, the 4 cylinder Porsche not only squared up against the V8 Corvette, but the refined trio of Japanese turbocharged cars in the RX-7, 300ZX Twin-turbo and Supra Turbo. If you just wanted performance, it was hard to argue that your money was best spent on the 968. However, a few decades on, the 968 is really starting to come into its own as a potential collector and is widely recognized as a great driver with classic Porsche attributes. Today, I have an interesting pair; a cheap 6-speed coupe and a supercharged cabriolet. Which would you choose?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 968 on eBay

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1973 Volvo P1800ES

In case you missed it, Volvo released a stunning concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Concept Estate is a modern take on what seems like an extinct breed these days: the shooting brake. The estate car is experiencing a little bit of a resurgence amongst enthusiast communities across the US, mainly due to fast five-doors like the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate. However, the two-door estate vehicle, or shooting brake, is still a bit too obscure for the mainstream American motoring public. The MINI Clubman is about as close as we’ve seen lately to a two-door estate vehicle, and even that one had a third door on the side.

The Volvo P1800ES was a curiosity, built towards the end of the P1800 run for 1972 and 1973 only, with a little over 8,000 produced. The trademark glass rear hatch would go on to be copied in later Volvo hatchbacks such as the 480ES and C30. This example for sale in New York is a well sorted example in a sharp red orange color that looks idyllic against the autumn backdrop in these photos.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Volvo P1800ES on eBay

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1984 Mercedes-Benz SL36 AMG

There’s always those cars that you sit back and wonder why they weren’t created in the first place. Then there are those of us who actually go ahead and build what the factory thought they should have offered. Such is the case with this 1984 Mercedes-Benz “SL36.” As most of us know, this wasn’t a thing, but when you consider it, it’s not an unreasonable creation. While the US got the breathed on 3.6 liter inline-6 from the boffins at AMG in the form of the limited production C36, the rest of the world was also treated to this powerplant in the W124 E class. The R107 never had an official hot rod version, although AMG breathed on a few of these roadsters before they became an in-house tuner. If the 3.6 liter inline-6 from the tuning arm existed when this SL was new, we may have seen a creation like this SL36 for sale in Witten, Germany. Thanks to Pablo over at flüssig magazine for bringing this one to our attention!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Mercedes-Benz SL36 at CultCars

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Wednesday Wheels Roundup: RS Edition

Though there was a brief period where they were considered a little past their prime, BBS RS wheels have come roaring back as a popular fan favorite once again. Expensive wheels when they were new, amazingly in some cases they’re even more expensive when fully polished and restored than they were originally. Here’s a roundup of a few different colors and options; gold wheels for your Porsche 930 – is there any better fit? Then a fully restored 4x100mm set that would look great on a BMW E30 or Volkswagen GTi. I also found a few sets that need some work; the white set appears to be originally for a Porsche 928 but needs restoration, and the silver set is missing a wheel for your BMW. Finally, a set of black wheels for a Mercedes or Audi and a set of the newer variant – the Super RS, for your new BMW M car. What is your favorite?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BBS RS 131 16×8.5,9.5 5×130 Wheels on eBay

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