Tuner Tuesday – Values in the RUF: 2002 Porsche 911 Ruf 550s

Tuner Tuesday – Values in the RUF: 2002 Porsche 911 Ruf 550s

RUF is a name which is among the most highly respected tuners in the world, creating legendary power, looks and speed among a series of cars that was already quite potent. But they’re very expensive cars, too – fully spec one out from Ruf, and you can easily double the price of your Porsche, sometimes more. These are not machines for mere mortals.

Yet value can still be found in, and today I’ve got 1,100 horsepower to prove it. This Double Take looks at two 2002 911 Turbos, both of which have been upgraded with the RUF 550 kit. Which is the winner?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf 550 on eBay

2008 Porsche 911 GT2

2008 Porsche 911 GT2

I’ve been looking at quite a few high-dollar 911s lately and among the pantheon of Porsche supercars the GT2 tends to stand on its own. Unlike the extremely high priced original 993 GT2 where values soar to over $1M the water-cooled cars have less collector interest and thus lower costs. But the performance is not lower. Not lower at all.

I see examples of the 996 GT2 come around pretty often, and prices have generally been moving up. I see the 997 GT2 far less often, outside of the ridiculously sublime GT2 RS which can easily set you back nearly $500K, so I’m a little curious where these will fall on the spectrum. Where will their value lie relative to the rising values of the 996? As I mentioned in my roundup of the 996 GT3: while the 996 still makes for a reasonable value even among the GT cars, as they approach the cost of a similar 997 then we begin to open up even greater performance value potential.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 on eBay

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Year: 2008
Model: 911 GT2
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,231 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

We are excited to offer this one owner 2008 Porsche GT2 Coupe with only 13,231 original miles on the odometer! One of only 237 ever made, the car is finished in a Stuttgart classic combination of Silver with perfect Charcoal/Anthracite Leather and Suede upholstery. Overall this car is in stunning condition, is a joy to drive, runs and drives perfectly and is as quick as you would expect a GT2 to be!

This 2008 Porsche GT2 Coupe is a true collector car and is fitted with its 3.6L H6 DOHC 24V Turbo motor coupled to its 6 Speed manual transmission which is fluid and has no issues; the clutch is in perfect condition.

Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 GT2

Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 GT2

Few Porsches capture the imagination and turn heads like the 911 GT2. And among the various iterations of the GT2, the 993 GT2 is the most coveted. While engineering and technological progress naturally have rendered later models more powerful and sophisticated performers, the raw prowess of the original car remains the benchmark. Serving as both the first 911 GT2 put into production as well as the last and only air-cooled GT2 produced, the 993 brings with it the kind of rarity that rapidly elevates prices. Add in that it represented the highest performance among production 911s of its day and you’ve pretty much checked all of the boxes a collector could desire. The example we see here, a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 having traveled around 33K kilometers during its life, will be up for auction next Friday at RM Sotheby’s auctions in Phoenix.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 on Classic Driver

Motorsports Monday: Mecum Racing Porsches Roundup

Motorsports Monday: Mecum Racing Porsches Roundup

As Rob mentioned in his Jade Green Targa piece the other day, we’re entering in quickly to auction season. Mecum, typically the purveyors of more muscle cars than European rides, nonetheless had quite an impressive lineup of signification Porsche race models that cover a few decades and many changes in the company’s history, so I thought it would be pretty neat to take a look at them. It’s very interesting to see over a relatively short period of time the many changes that Porsche’s motorsports programs have gone through.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Porsche 934.5/935 at Mecum Auctions

Paint-to-Sample 2009 Porsche 911 GT2

Paint-to-Sample 2009 Porsche 911 GT2

I ended last week with an Orange 911 Carrera 2.7 that had me completely captivated. It possessed just the right mix of aggressiveness and vibrancy within a classic 911 package. The car we see here, a 2009 Porsche 911 GT2 located in Houston, takes those attributes of aggression and vibrant color and turns them up a few notches. This time the color is a paint-to-sample orange borrowed from the GT3 RS with contrasting black accents and black interior. Draped over the lines of the GT2 it leaves no doubt about the urgency with which this car accelerates and corners. The rest is pretty standard GT2 material, which of course really isn’t standard at all. Loads of turbocharged power pummels the ground via a 6-speed manual transmission directed through the rear wheels. In my ever deepening quest to feature every orange Porsche, this GT2 currently stands near the top for its overall audacity and performance capabilities.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Porsche 911 GT2 on eBay

Feature Listing: Lapis Blue 2003 Porsche 911 GT2

Feature Listing: Lapis Blue 2003 Porsche 911 GT2

If last week’s GT2 RS took insanity beyond what you consider reasonable, then the 996 GT2 may reign in the craziness just enough to be sensible. It also comes with a far lower price tag. Like all things 996 the performance per dollar quotient of these machines is spectacular and matched by few other cars, even when looking at one of the highest priced models in the line. With 456 hp directed only to the rear wheels and around 200 fewer pounds to move around the GT2 returns a level of ferocity and purity to the Turbo’s driving experience that had been gradually softened over the model’s life. Though it was no longer necessary for Porsche to produce such a car in order to meet homologation requirements, they still followed a track-focused mantra for GT2 production that forces the driver to remain attuned to every aspect of the car’s current state. It’s as if the rawness of the original 930 had returned, but with a lot more power! We don’t see many GT2s come up for sale so they always attract our notice when they do. This particular example is especially rare: a Lapis Blue 2003 Porsche 911 GT2 with Black leather interior and 48,812 miles on it. The seller has said this is the only example he’s seen in this color, and my experience is the same. There are plenty of Black, Silver, and Guards Red examples. There even seem to be a good deal in Speed Yellow. This is this only one I’ve seen in Blue.…

2004 Porsche 911 GT2

2004 Porsche 911 GT2

At the beginning of this week I featured a pretty highly modified Black 930 Slantnose Coupe that possessed a great deal of menace that would separate it from just about everything else around. The car we see here, a Black 2004 Porsche 911 GT2, might be thought of as a factory version of that aggressive 930. Relative to a 930 Slantnose the styling of the GT2 is actually pretty subdued, but mechanically there are no such limitations as these packed a serious punch with every one of their 477 horses directed only to the rear wheels. For buyers who felt disparaged by Porsche’s use of all-wheel drive in the Turbo, the GT2 provided reassurance that the marque had not gone soft. Its performance bonafides were as secure as ever, even if the GT2 was no longer needed for homologation purposes.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT2 on eBay

2004 Porsche 911 GT2

2004 Porsche 911 GT2

I guess I couldn’t stay away from high-priced Turbos for too long, though at least this time we are staying within the realm of the water-cooled 911, rather than venturing back into the rarefied air of the air-cooled models. Here we have a Speed Yellow 2004 Porsche 911 GT2, located in Oklahoma, with 8,150 miles on it. While the price here certainly dwarfs that of a standard 996TT, buyers are at least getting a healthy does of extra performance, both in the guise of increased power – an additional 62 hp for this 2004 GT2 over the standard Turbo – and also reduced weight with the GT2 coming in around 200 pounds lighter. When first introduced for the 993, the GT2 rekindled the rear-drive turbocharged mayhem that 911 owners had come to expect from these machines. While the standard turbo took a more civilized turn by introducing all-wheel drive, the GT2 went in the other direction increasing power, reducing weight, and delivering all of its power to the rear wheels only. They were initially produced in order to satisfy homologation requirements, but with the GT3 RS now fulfilling that purpose for the 996, the GT2 was left to simply exist as a mix of terror and excitement. They are a rare sight to behold on the roads, but when unleashed in the wild, heads definitely will turn.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT2 on eBay

2008 Porsche 911 GT2

2008 Porsche 911 GT2

It really doesn’t get much more flashy (at least among Porsches) than a Speed Yellow GT2. Beginning with the 993 Porsche began to civilize the diabolical behaviors of its 911 Turbo. By adding all-wheel drive and twin-turbocharging the Turbo retained its prodigious performance, but it now came in a more user friendly form. For the vast majority of drivers it was now faster as well since its limits could be approached more readily. Let’s be clear though, even with these added dynamic improvements the Turbo was still a very powerful machine with a rearward weight balance. After the introduction of all wheel-drive it didn’t take long for Porsche to return to its Turbo roots with a rear-drive model, the GT2. Naturally, Porsche was not only interested in running an all-wheel drive 911 in its motorsports competition and the GT2 satisfied the necessary homologation requirements for a rear-drive racer. But these are not just a rear-drive version of the Turbo. The GT2 is lighter, more powerful, and fitted with suspension and braking upgrades to suit these changes. Since its inception, the GT2 has been the ultimate 911 only recently surpassed by the GT2 RS, which in traditional RS fashion increased the weight savings and power level to produce a truly special machine. For our perusal here, we have a Speed Yellow 2008 Porsche 911 GT2, located in New York, with Black interior and 14,063 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 on eBay

Tuner Tuesday: 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 Techart

Tuner Tuesday: 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 Techart

It’s fairly shocking that for around the same price as a fairly lightly optioned base model Cayman, you can leap into entirely another world of performance with a 911 Turbo. Of course, there’s a price to pay for this relative leap in performance, and that’s that you have to settle at this price point for the current ugly duckling of the Porsche world – the 996. Now, of course there will be drawbacks to buying into an older car – for one, it’s not new with a warranty, and the 996 isn’t the prettiest Porsche ever built. But in terms of performance for dollar spent, right now it’s pretty hard to beat a package like the 996 Twin Turbo with the X50 option.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 Techart on eBay

Tuner Tuesday: 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo “GT2”

Tuner Tuesday: 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo “GT2”

Earlier in my Ruf-modified 930 post I asked if you needed an original version of the car. Well, I’m at it again, this time with a car modified to recreate an awesome version of the 993 Turbo – the homologated GT2 Turbo. With more power and lightened to only two-wheel drive with some of the best wheels ever fitted to a Porsche (in my opinion, anyway) the GT2 was an instant classic – so much so that Porsche has subsequently recreated it in 996 and 997 versions. But while the last few versions of the GT2 have been nutty ultimate-street versions of the Turbo, the original GT2 was really a race car toned down for the street; in that mold, today’s 1997 911 Turbo has been converted to capture some of that dual-purpose magic. The question is, does it achieve the magic of the original GT2?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo “GT2” on eBay

Tuner Tuesday: Rauh-WELT Begriff 1994 Porsche 911

Tuner Tuesday: Rauh-WELT Begriff 1994 Porsche 911

Few tuners have popped into the Porsche scene with as much of a splash as Rauh-WELT Begriff. Starting with basically stock bodied 911s, Nakai-san hand makes body kits for these cars seemingly freehand and by eye only. If you’ve watched the video of him performing his work, it’s simply amazing; it reminds me of images I’ve seen of Andy Warhol painting the M1 Procar. That’s high praise, and I think in many ways it’s deserved – the creations Nakai-san envisions are some of the best, most aggressive looking 911s out there. While they may not be to everyone’s taste, one cannot deny the impressive nature of the work when you see the finished product. Today there is a claimed one of one 993 for sale in Britain:

Year: 1994
Model: 911
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 74,000 mi
Price: BGP 84,995 Buy It Now ($135,550 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 RWB on eBay

Built by The International Porsche Tunner Nakai-San himself (owner and founder of RAUH WELT BEGRIFF), Nakai flew over from Japan to build this spectacular creation himself.

993R Rauh Welt Begriff number one, being the only one ever to be built and introduced to the European market and signed off by Nakai as number ONE of ONE.
Complete with Rauh Welt Begriff plaque, this 993R is “Jaw Dropping” to rival RS GT2 GT3 Techart non turbo bodykit.

Featured in numerous Porsche magazines and won 3rd place world wide for best demo car built in 2011 by Speedhunters.
Based on a 993 C2 full Rauh Welt specification: Rauh Welt RWB front bumper: front splitter: front fender: fender extensions: side rockers: rear fender extensions: rear vented bumper: engine cover: engine cover cut out: rear GT wing road race version: RWB performance exhaust pack [993 tips and silencers]: race filter: racing coil over suspension: RWB 3 piece alloy wheels front 10.5×18: rear 13×18: RWB pedals: carbon race seats: entry blends: steering wheel: RS door cards: full alcantara encombed interior: finished in 3 layer pearl Grigo Telesto: air con: Xenons: electric sunroof.

Revisit: 1997 Porsche 911 Andial Twin-Plug Twin-Turbo

Revisit: 1997 Porsche 911 Andial Twin-Plug Twin-Turbo

The 1997 Porsche 911 ANDIAL Twin-Plug Twin-Turbo we featured back in September on Rennlist has cropped up on eBay. As I write this I’m not sure what the reserve is, but bidding is at $119,000$ and it’s not met yet – strong bidding for a 993 Turbo, but in line with the rarity and specialness of this car. We’ll see if it gets close to the original $170,000 asking price!

The below post originally appeared on our site September 10, 2013:

I find it extraordinarily sad that this year saw the nearly unnoticed passing of one of the great Porsche tuning firms, ANDIAL. If you’re newer to the scene, ANDIAL probably doesn’t mean much to you, but if you grew up in the 1980s or were a fan of motorsports then they were one of the top tuning firms pushing out some of the fastest Porsches in the world – they were really the U.S. equivalent of Ruf. They backed that performance up with race-winning efforts – ANDIAL became the defacto 962 race engine supplier in the United States, and racked up an impressive string of both prototype and GT racing wins and championships. Though they were very well respected, ANDIAL downsized as the trio of owners aged and then passed away, culminating in the retirement this past February of the last remaining founder, Dieter Inzenhofer, Porsche Motorsports North America bought the name, but with undisclosed plans to use it, we’ll just have to wait and see. Coming across an ANDIAL tuned car is something of a rare treat, and for the 993 they cooked up a twin-plug, twin turbo 3.8 motor that was just a monster. Today’s example is one of the best prepared in the world:

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Twin Turbo Andial Twin Plug
Engine: 3.8 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 37543 mi
Price: $169,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 911 Andial Twin Plug Twin Turbo on Ebay (formerly on Rennlist)

Year: 1997
Make: Porsche
Model: 911
Porsche Model: 993 Turbo
Mileage (numbers only please): 37543
Options (Please check ALL which apply): Airbags, Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Antilock Brakes, Cruise Control, Foglamps, Intermittent Wipers, Leather Seats, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Sunroof, Traction Control
Color: Arctic Silver
VIN: WPOAC299XVS375740
Price (no $ sign please): $169500
Private or Dealer Listing: Private Listing
Location (Region): SoCAl
Body Style: Coupe
Transmission Type: Manual – 6 speed
2 or 4 Wheel Drive?: 4 Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Turbo
Stereo System: AM-FM CD
One of Ninteen Certified Andial 3.8 Liter Twin Plug Conversions.

Tuner Tuesday: 1997 911 Andial Twin Plug Twin Turbo

Tuner Tuesday: 1997 911 Andial Twin Plug Twin Turbo

I find it extraordinarily sad that this year saw the nearly unnoticed passing of one of the great Porsche tuning firms, ANDIAL. If you’re newer to the scene, ANDIAL probably doesn’t mean much to you, but if you grew up in the 1980s or were a fan of motorsports then they were one of the top tuning firms pushing out some of the fastest Porsches in the world – they were really the U.S. equivalent of Ruf. They backed that performance up with race-winning efforts – ANDIAL became the defacto 962 race engine supplier in the United States, and racked up an impressive string of both prototype and GT racing wins and championships. Though they were very well respected, ANDIAL downsized as the trio of owners aged and then passed away, culminating in the retirement this past February of the last remaining founder, Dieter Inzenhofer, Porsche Motorsports North America bought the name, but with undisclosed plans to use it, we’ll just have to wait and see. Coming across an ANDIAL tuned car is something of a rare treat, and for the 993 they cooked up a twin-plug, twin turbo 3.8 motor that was just a monster. Today’s example is one of the best prepared in the world:

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Twin Turbo Andial Twin Plug
Engine: 3.8 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 37543 mi
Price: $169,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 911 Andial Twin Plug Twin Turbo on Rennlist.com

Year: 1997
Make: Porsche
Model: 911
Porsche Model: 993 Turbo
Mileage (numbers only please): 37543
Options (Please check ALL which apply): Airbags, Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Antilock Brakes, Cruise Control, Foglamps, Intermittent Wipers, Leather Seats, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Sunroof, Traction Control
Color: Arctic Silver
VIN: WPOAC299XVS375740
Price (no $ sign please): $169500
Private or Dealer Listing: Private Listing
Location (Region): SoCAl
Body Style: Coupe
Transmission Type: Manual – 6 speed
2 or 4 Wheel Drive?: 4 Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Turbo
Stereo System: AM-FM CD
One of Ninteen Certified Andial 3.8 Liter Twin Plug Conversions.

Motorsport Monday – Derek Bell Signature Edition Porsche 962 #0

Motorsport Monday – Derek Bell Signature Edition Porsche 962 #0

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed last week that more of you weren’t interested in the SRP2 Picchio I wrote up. What a deal that car was as a track weapon! But I get it, not everyone likes an unknown race car. Well then, how about a very well known race car that’s been turned into a road car? If this doesn’t get your interest, you need to talk to your doctor and check your pulse. That’s because today we’re looking at a road legal Porsche 962.

The exploits of the 962 are pretty well known, but to those who don’t, this is one of the most winning endurance prototypes ever developed. Capable of 6 minute Nurburgring times and 250 mph at Le Mans, the 962 was a dream car in the 1980s and remains so today. Getting to see one of these cars in the flesh still gives me goosebumps – it’s as if a Titan has come to Earth to grace you with its presence. Not content with leaving these cars only to race, there were several different road-legal versions produced – Dauer, DP Motorsports and Schuppan all made versions. In the heady supercar times of the late 80s, someone decided to give it another go and slap 5 time Le Mans winner Derek Bell’s name on it. While the production run never came to be, the prototype is available today, ready for you to pop some number plates on it:

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Year: Does it matter?
Model: 962
Engine: 3.6 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: probably not many miles
Price: 324,995 GBP ($503,449.75 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 962 Derek Bell Signature Edition at Malton Specialist Cars Ltd.

Engine Capacity:
3600
Transmission:
5 Speed 962 Manual
Body Style:
Long Tail
BHP:
580

In stock now is this amazing road registered Porsche 962.