I usually post modern classic German sports car and sport coupe classifieds on this blog that the everyman could likely attain and afford to maintain, upgrade, and enjoy. But nothing really tickled my fancy tonight, so I decided to look upmarket. That’s when I stumbled on this stunning Ruf 3400K for sale on eBaymotors:
quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:
This is a 2007 Ruf produced and titled 3400K Coupe. Ruf Automobile GmbH has a unique and exclusive relationship with Porsche. Ruf Automobile purchases a “body-in-white” from Porsche- “body-in-white” refers to the most basic structure or frame of the car with nothing installed including body panels, drive train or suspension components. Ruf then completely “hand-crafts” the vehicle from that point at their factory in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, all paint, engine, interior, suspension and unique Ruf components are fitted. This is why Ruf is recognized as a manufacturer and Ruf cars have their own unique VIN.
Oh my God, this car is pure sex! The Cayman S is already a total success story in the automotive press, but when Ruf lays hands to this model and returns a car worthy of it’s own badge and designation, well then, you have a superior and rare machine indeed. Here are the specs according to a European Car article on this model:
Longitudinal mid-engine, rear wheel drive
3.4-liter flat six, centrifugal-type supercharger, camshaft adjustment, hot-film air mass sensor, three-way catalytic converters with metal substrates, aluminum intake manifold with integrated intercoolers
F: Four-piston calipers, 12.5-inch
front rotors R: Four-piston calipers, 11.8-inch rotors
Wheels and Tires
Ruf alloys 8.5×19 (f), 10×19 (r) Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 235/35 (f), 265/35(r)
Ruf front bumper with integral air intakes, rear wing, rear bumper
Aluminum pedals, gear lever trim, instrument panel
Peak Power: 400 hp
Peak Torque: 324 lb-ft
0-62 mph: 4.4 sec.
Top Speed: 181 mph
And here’s a Ruf promotional video, which features a Ruf 3400 about midway through the video, which is set to Firestarter by Prodigy. Awesome!
Now that I’m totally smitten with this fantasy car, I’ll be very eager to see what the final bidding reaches. Then I’ll take that number and adjust my keno ticket accordingly!
Update 11.11.08: Updated to the most recent listing, which now carries a $129k buy-it-now (gulp!)