Tuner Tuesday – 1997 Ruf CTR2 Sport

Most Rufs need little introduction. They can be summed up in one word: fast. As such, let me tell you about my encounter with this particular Ruf. The year was 2001 and I was at Road America for a PCA race with Mustante Motorsports. On the first day that we were there, it was a combined test day and Viper race. This car was racing a pack of 25-30 Vipers, all well set up. The green flag flew, and so did the Ruf – so much so, that it had a solid 5-6 second lead at the end of the first lap. That kind of lead is something Vettel would give his left arm for. I remember thinking it was such an unfair race, but at the same time sooooo cool. What was particularly memorable about it, though, was that you could see the car, but unlike the bellowing Vipers, the Ruf made almost no noise. It was both fascinating and surreal – the only other object I’ve ever seen moving that fast and not making sound was a supersonic jet fighter – a fitting comparison, I think. Fast forward a few years and now you can own the “ludicrous speed” of what is probably the best known Ruf in the United States – the prototype CTR2 Sport built for the Beddors:

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Year: 1997
Model: CTR2 Sport
Engine: 3.6 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,007 mi
Price: $229,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Ruf CTR2 Sport at Ruf Autocenter

RUF Auto Centre is pleased to present you with the very rare piece of RUF history: The 1997 CTR2 Sport built for Steve Beddor. This car served as the Production Prototype for all future CTR2 Sport’s built by RUF Germany.

The Car:

RUF Manufactured ( RUF VIN ) CTR2 Sport
One of only 16 wide body “Sport” versions built by RUF, this being the first one
Registered and licensed in the USA as a RUF

The Body:

In addition to the standard RUF intergrated cage, this car has enhanced door bars and cross bracing to meet FIA and Pikes Peak requirements.
Front and Rear bumper covers, front fenders, rear deck lid, dual rear wings, and sill-extensions of body are composite material.
Carbon Fiber hood and doors
Multi Function Rear Spoiler – acts as both downforce-producing wing and an inlet for direct airflow to cool the twin side mounted intercoolers.
Unique to this Sport, the rear wing is mounted higher than normal and is coupled with a 2nd adjustable bi-wing that creates more downforce. Aerodynamic balance is acheived with the addition of a removable front splitter for front downforce.
Front and Rear independent suspension utilizes Ohlins motorsport springs and dampeners with uni-ball spherical bushings in control arms and rear multi-link axle. Suspension is fully adjustable in bump, rebound, and ride height and matched with anti-roll bars front and rear with the rear being adjustable.

The Engine:

Engine: CTR 36011 dynoed at 702HP
This is the most powerful CTR2 sport RUF every built and has a very linear torque curve.
Air cooled horizontally opposed 3.8L 6 cylinder, mounted longitudinally
Motorsport Titanium Connecting Rods, lightweight motorsports flywheel
Special RUF Twin Turbochargers designed to spool quickly, producing peak torque at 5,000 rpm
Twin Air – to – Air intercoolers that are saddle mounted outside of the engine bay and fed fresh air by the unique rear wing along with “on demand” computer activated water cooling system with fan assist
Dry Sump lubrication system with seperate oil tank
Thermostatically controlled oil coolers; front mounted, fan and force fed
13.6L oil capacity

Transmission:

RUF 6 speed manual with short gearing matched to engine’s torque curve for incredibly quick acceleration

Brakes:

RUF four piston calipers front and rear with Motorsports ABS system
Dual circuit hydraulic brake system with hydraulic booster
Manually docked parking brake using additional rear drums
380mm vented / drilled front rotors
320mm vented / drilled rear rotors

Wheels:

Lightweight BBS 3-piece Magnesium centered race wheels
11×18 Fronts and 13×18 Rears
Mounted with Michelin Pilot SX Racing Slicks

The car is painted in traditional Yellowbird Yellow and does have the rain gutters removed as well as the A-pillars being smoothed down.

Click the following link to see the CTR2 Sport in action against the famous Ferrari 333SP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaJY LEvkQBg

Please feel free to call us with any questions that you may have.

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If you look up “No expense spared” in the dictionary, a picture of this car might appear next to it. You may not know the Beddors, but they started bringing Rufs over early as well as starting the “Quattro Club” – what would become the Audi Club of North America. At one point, the late Frank Beddor had 3 or 4 Sport Quattros (yes, the real deal), and ended up donating a few of them to the club. To this day, the ACNA national driving events are named for him. This car took the already impressive CTR2 and kicked it up a few notches, with composite panels, Magnesium BBS race wheels, more power, a FIA approved cage and that crazy rear wing. It is most certainly an impressive build and might be the fastest CTR2 ever made. At 700 horsepower, there isn’t much that you’ll encounter that will be faster.

We’ve featured a few 993 based Rufs recently – first the white Ruf engined replica Turbo R then the silver replica Turbo R. While the white car was asking over $100,000, the lesser silver replica is still listed below $70,000. Both of these cars would wither away in the presence of this CTR2 Sport, though. Three years ago, we even featured a similar $190,000 yellow CTR2 Sport, but even that hides in the shadow of this car’s glory. I’d like to say that a quarter million dollars for a soon to be 17 year old Porsche is outrageous, but I think in this case, it may be spot on. I’d certainly rather own this car with it’s impressive history than a Carrera GT for $100,000 plus more. Which would you rather have?

-Carter

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. Built at a cost of around $2 Million USD this astonishingly quick road car is based around an aluminium Fabcar monocoque with integral rollcage believed to have been built for the Dyson Racing IMSA team in the USA who prepared and raced Porsche powered race cars. On top of this chassis is a full carbon fibre long tailed body.

Engine wise the standard 962 2.8 litre unit would be no good for road use so instead the car is fitted with a twin turbo 993 GT2 engine running 580 BHP and giving a colossal 741Nm of torque. When the car weighs just 830kg that equates to around 700 BHP per tonne. To put this figure into perspective the iconic McLaren F1 is 550 BHP/tonne, a Carrera GT is 442, a Pagani Zonda C12S is 437 etc. For long distance endurance the car features a 120 litre fuel tank.

This power would be pointless if the car didn’t handle and stop well enough, to that end the car is fitted with top quality Koni adjustable suspension with hydraulic adjustable ride height (it will go up quite steep drives and speed bumps without issue). Stopping is taken care of by monster 350mm floating Brembo brakes with adjustable bias.

Interior wise the car has two leather bucket seats with Willans harnesses, it features aircon to keep the cockpit cool, parking sensors, an intercom system for driver and passenger comfort and electric mirrors. A removable steering wheel makes entry and egress from the vehicle much easier.

For track use the car features air jacks, a fire extinguisher and towing straps front and rear.

This has to be the ultimate fast road or track car which is as thrilling to drive as it is superb to look at.

The racing legend Derek Bell put his name to the car which was planned to be manufactured in greater numbers, the inside of the door shut bears a copy of his signature and the build number 00.

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The history of most 962s is pretty difficult to follow. Many were raced, crashed, rebuilt, modified, or re-tubbed. On top of that, not all 962s were built by Porsche – Kremer, Fabcar, and Andial among others all built versions of the 962. Fabcar was one of the few that received factory chassis numbers, and this particular example is a Fabcar built tub that was originally intended for Dyson Racing. You may remember me mentioning Fabcar as the firm contracted to build the 944 GTR I wrote up in July. Fitted with a longtail body and a more-reasonable to run on the road GT2 twin turbo motor, this 962 certainly looks the part, though I have to admit it looks a bit naked without all of the normal graphics. Without those graphics one is also reminded how slab-sided these cars were, and just how big that long tail was.

Of course, this car isn’t for everyone. It will be difficult to get it imported and registered in the US. It will be very expensive to run. You’ll need a pit crew to change tires. It has zero ground clearance. But, it does have a parking brake! So, if this is impractical as a road car, why are we writing it up? Well, if you haven’t been following the market (and you would be excused…), getting into a 962 will set you back – a lot. Buy a not particularly sucessful or well maintained 962, and you’ll be out 1 to 1.5 million. Want a winning car? Better have more than 2 million available. So, at $500,000, this car is a bit of a deal! $500,000 is about $100,000 more than some of the best Carrera GTs are fetching these days, but pull up next to one in this and I can guarantee what the crowd will be swooning over. And if you wanted to race it, PCA would recognize this as a legitimate Porsche and I would wager that with some convincing, you could even run it in some historic events, though that would likely require a motor change. Unfortunately for all of us, you’re not likely to ever see this car, and even more unfortunate is that this car will doubtfully ever be run on roads again. But haven’t you always wished you could drive one of those fantastic prototypes from the 1980s down to your local car meet to impress all of your buddies? I sure did, and because of that, I’m thankful that this car exists at all. A man can dream!

-Carter

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

In all the years that the Porsche 911 has been with us, we’ve only seen the Speedster appear three times, in 1989, 1994 and 2012. There were also two 993 based Speedsters produced by the factory, one for Ferdinand Porsche and the other for noted Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld. Of all the 911 Speedsters, the 964 based one is my favorite. The smooth, integrated bumpers mesh well with the trademark tonneau cover. Most of the Speedsters you come across these days have low mileage and have been stashed away by collectors, and this one for sale in Florida is no different.

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster on eBay

This unique and extremely rare Porsche Speedster is in concours condition and a must have to complete your ultimate Porsche collection. With only 23,602 miles, this Porsche is one of only 427 shipped to the USA! Immediately recognizable and a real head turner is the iconic bathtub styling. This is the final edition of the drop top, air cooled 964 Speedster and a must have. The 1994 edition is significantly more performance oriented with a larger 3.6 liter engine (247 hp), larger wheels and tires, better brakes (ABS) and a faster top speed (162 mph).

This car is equipped with a 5-speed G50 gearbox, color coded 17” wheels, AM/FM/CD player, black soft top (in near perfect condition), automatic rear spoiler, driver airbag, power windows and locks, cockpit tonneau cover and complete books/keys. The Dunlop tires are brand new. It has a clean Carfax with no accident history. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a rare collectors Speedster in immaculate condition.

It seems that $80,000 to $100,000 is the sweet spot for mint, low mileage 964 Speedsters right now. The overdose of white might not be to everyone’s liking, but I’m a fan. While it doesn’t have the more aggressively bolstered seats with color keyed seatbacks, the cloth seats are a nice touch that you don’t see too often. Even though their price doesn’t reflect it, the 964 Speedster holds a special place in my heart, as they personify simple motoring pleasure.

-Paul

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The last air-cooled 911, known internally as the 993, is revered amongst the Porsche faithful. This generation had its run while the sun was setting on the front engined Porsche 968 and 928 and the mid-engined Boxster was being introduced. A variety of improvements were made over the previous generation, the 964, most notably a new look, accentuated by headlights slanted at a steeper angle for better aerodynamics and a sleeker rear end. Underneath was a new multi-arm suspension in the rear. Along with a wider track, handling was greatly improved. The 3.6 liter flat six cylinder engine now produced 270 horsepower and was mated to either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed Tiptronic transmission.

Just in time for summer, our reader Joshua forwarded us his Aventurine Green 993 Cabriolet for sale via a broker in the San Francisco Bay Area.

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I am the second owner and have all records from new. Just before putting the car up for sale the brakes – genuine Porsche pads and rotors – have been replaced front and rear as well as the steering rack. A lightweight flywheel and new clutch were installed about 10k ago, along with rebuilt top end and new pistons and cylinders (due to oil loss from bad valve guides). 60k service items taken care of at time of motor work. About 15k on new Bilstein shocks and euro Porsche sport springs and sway bars. Car is well cared for, with attention to detail, such as worn carpet replaced and recent engine lid shocks. Top shows some wear, but is water tight.

The 993 is one of the most highly prized 911s these days, no doubt in part to the lukewarm reception its successor, the 996, received upon its arrival in 1998. Like the BMW M Roadster we featured last week, this color combination may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the deep blue green accented by red leather does it for me. I find that most manufacturers these days lack imagination and nerve to offer much of anything outside of the usual silver, black and white. This two owner 911 is presented well, has reasonable mileage and had attention paid in the servicing department. A 993 Cabrio in good nick with 50,000 to 75,000 miles can pull anywhere from the high $20,000 range and reach close to $40,000, give or take. With two owners and 56,000 miles, the asking price of $33,900 seems to be right in the sweet spot of reasonable offers. Like earlier 911s such as the SC and 3.2, I’d say a 993 like this is a good way to get into a future classic that may have a shot at seeing meaningful appreciation.

-Paul

1985 Mercedes 190E 3.6 AMG

We try not to give attention to seller’s that have poor ads for their cars, hence this one not getting written up earlier. However, as the auction winds down to the last couple hours I felt this car warrants a quick note.

The seller of this car doesn’t seem to know much about what they are selling. It is a 190E that has a 3.6 liter inline six, seller calls it a V-6, stuffed under the hood by AMG. This isn’t the only one of these out there, several folks have figured this conversion out as well as the ones that were done at the factory by AMG or by Brabus. The seller says the car has extensive documentation, but doesn’t provide any of it in the listing. The seller doesn’t even include a picture of the rear of the car for badge identification. The car does appear to have blacked out tailights to compliment the blacked out grille, which looks good.

The car has 27,000 miles and a 5 speed, which make it very attractive. Without more info though, this seller’s $35,000 ask price will never be met.

 

~Evan

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo, rare color

The spectrum of colors that has appeared on the Porsche 911 over the years is vast, to say the least. Here we have an oddball color, Rubystone Red, on a rather butch looking 964 Turbo. While not completely original, the upgrades have been tasteful, as the description illustrates.

The seller states:

You are viewing an extremely rare Porsche 911 turbo. This 965 is finished in Rubystone Red (looks purple in most light or even magenta) and is one of as few as perhaps 2 made in this color of the 674 brought to the usa for 1991! This car has been owned by the same person for 12+ years. It had just 19,497 miles when the previous owner bought it in March of 1998. The Rubystone Red paint appears to be original and all of the panels are original to the car and still have their VIN# stickers, etc. in their proper locations. The previous owner had a 1994 turbo 3.6 s engine installed in the car several years ago and then had the local independent Porsche specialst shop go through the motor and make some modifications. If you are still reading this then you probably know how rare the 3.6 Turbo S cars are and what an impressive engine this is! Porsche built just 155 option code x88 turbo 3.6 s engines! It was conservatively rated at 385 hp according to flachbau.com. Most of these engines were installed in the flat nose cars, but a customer could special order one for installation in a regular ’94 turbo as well. Here are some other details about this rare Porsche:

• M64/50 S TURBO 3.6 S ENGINE OPTION CODE X88
• REBUILT FOR $21K 12K MILES AGO BY AN EXPERT PORSCHE SHOP
• TWIN PLUG CYLINDER HEADS
• PORTED CYLINDER HEADS TO 38mm (PLENUM MATCHED AT 38mm)
• GT2 EVO CAMS
• ALIGN BORED CASES
• MICRO POLISHED CRANK
• ALL NEW BEARINGS, ROD BOLTS, HEAD STUDS, ETC.
• B&B STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST
• REBUILT 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION
• UP-DATED CLUTCH RELEASE ARM
• FUEL ENRICHMENT SYSTEM
• NEW COMPLETE 3.6 TURBO FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM ($3K!)
• REAL 18 INCH SPEEDLINE TURBO 3.6 3 PIECE WHEELS! (WORTH A SMALL FORTUNE BY THEMSELVES!)
• SUPPLE LEATHER INTERIOR WITH PURPLE PIPING
• FACTORY AC
• FACTORY SUNROOF
• AM-FM CD (NICE AFTERMARKET UNIT)
• COIL OVER ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
• LOWERED TO EUROPEAN RIDE HEIGHT

The 964 is only beginning to appreciate in value, as it has always been kind of the stepchild between the 3.2 models and the last air cooled 993 versions. For a car with tasteful modifications that has been preserved well with tasteful modifications, the asking price seems almost a bargain.

-Paul