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:

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Tuner Tuesday: 1987 Ruf BTR Lightweight – REVISIT

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Generally, when someone says that the price of a car has dropped $10,000 it’s a fire sale. For example, I’ve never bought a car for more than $10,000! But when you’re talking a rare, one of one Ruf BTR Lightweight, a $10,000 price drop means that the asking price is still a staggering $248,500. While this will remain eye candy to nearly everyone who reads this, I still thought it was worth a second look!

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The below post originally appeared on our site July 1, 2014:

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Tuner Tuesday: 1987 Ruf BTR Lightweight

While there are a plethora of Porsche 930s sporting Ruf details, when you get into the real Ruf vehicles you have crested a very high mountain of performance. Rufs emerged in the 1980s as the ultimate giant killers; cars whose performance exceeded the expectations of everyone in the motoring press and every stock vehicle they came across. Put simply, there were just no cars that were faster; even Porsche’s legendary 959 was bullied by the equally revered Ruf CTR Yellowbird in a high-speed test when they were new. They were, and remain, the most expensive and most highly sought modified Porsches available. Add to that the specialized lightweight versions of the already exclusive Rufs, and you’ve got something truly special and unique:

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1986 Ruf BTR Cabriolet

A Ruf built 930 hardly needs much introduction on these pages. Ruf produced the BTR, a modified 911 based on the Porsche 930, as both a Coupe and a Cabriolet with each of those variants also coming along with the even more rare Slantnose option. The already potent turbocharged engine of the 930 was coaxed to deliver 374 hp to the rear wheels, making an already very quick and lively car into one of the best performing cars of its day. While the BTR is neither as well known nor as powerful as the famous CTR Yellowbird that was produced around the same time, it remains a highly sought after vehicle from one of the automotive-tuning world’s most respected brands. The car we see here is a 1986 Ruf BTR Cabriolet located in Colorado with just over 31,000 miles.

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1989 Porsche 930 RUF BTR

For 40 years now, Ruf Automobile GmbH have been taking a bare Porsche chassis and turning what was already a fairly serious performance car into a performance monster. Ruf cars, quite simply, are icons of Porsche performance. Based off of the 3.3 liter 930, which Porsche first introduced in 1978, the BTR came along in 1983 with an additional 74 hp on tap. Once the 930 was reintroduced to the US market in 1986, we too had our shot at owning a BTR. Which brings us to the car featured here: a 1989 Porsche 930 RUF BTR.

First things first: this isn’t a factory built RUF BTR. This is a 1989 Porsche 930 whose engine has been converted to the 3.4 liter specs of the BTR. So we aren’t dealing with the full bare chassis build that made the Ruf name synonymous with Porsche performance. This car was delivered as a 1989 930 and then worked over to produce the converted example you see here. However, at 374 hp, conversion or not, these were seriously quick cars in their day (and are no slouches now) and offered a nice 102 hp boost over the standard 930.

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Year: 1989
Model: 930 RUF BTR
Engine: 3.4 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 52,914 mi
Price: $100,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 930 RUF BTR on eBay

This is a 1989 RUF BTR. VIN# WP0JB0933KS050278. If you are a collector, this car needs little description. If you are not familiar with RUF Porsches, RUF, has been the “AMG” to Porsche for many years. Most well heeled American business people purchased US Turbo Porsches for two reasons. 1. It was the best way to get a lease and 2. Porsche was making a war on grey market cars. This car was sent to Gary Borman of Exclusive Motorcars in Upper Montclair, New Jersey to be completely converted. Exclusive was the Ruf place in the USA at that time. If you had one that was the only place to go. It was sent there direct from the Porsche dealer in VA where it was originally purchased. The only parts on this car are Ruf parts, period! This car was originally done to have twin turbos fitted later (the Yellow Bird motor). The fuel system and injection were all prepared for this. The motor has the BTR tag. Only European cars for Europe got a Ruf VIN. In America the original VIN was used or else the car was reclassified and then federalized all over again (crash testing.)

Black on a tan interior with Sport Seats. The interior on this car looks excellent. The sport seats in particular are in great condition. This is a very rare car. It is tough to find a Ruf, even tougher to find a 1989 Ruf BTR. Please look at the photo of the authentic Ruf BTR tag on the motor. This car also has electronic injection! This car was done from new for the original owner on the original financing.

The original owner (an older gentleman) bought the car in Virginia, where he lived untill he died (1992). Later the family sold the car and it went to Houston and the car lived there until it came back to New York, ALMOST 6 years ago. I have been asked, “How fast will it go?” Who cares? I do not know. I did not buy this car to race it. I bought this car because of how rare it is. I have only driven it a few hundred miles over the course of time that I have owned it. Most of the time the car has spent under cover in my garage or in our showroom.

If you are into Corvettes or Camaros, this car will have little value to you. If you are a true connoisseur of 1ST Generation Porsche Turbo cars, and RUF Automobiles, then we do not need debate that this is a serious collector car.

I would prefer to answer any questions on the phone during business. (EASTERN TIME) Call 1-800-WHEEL99. After hours call 631-974-4386. Ask for Joseph Scarallo SR. The car was just fully serviced. synthetic oil and oil , fuel and air filters. At the same time four brand new Toyo R1R tires were installed. These are comparable to Micheline Pilot Cups. This maintenance and tire installation was done 25 miles ago ($1,550.00). Please remember, this car is only going up in value. There is no debate on that. A new GT2 is $250,000.00 plus! Whatever this car can be bought for now is less than next year, I promise. So, why wait? P.S. just recently an ’89 Ruf Slantnose that was advertised for $299,000.00 in Ohio was sold. Do not know exactly what they got, but it was in that neighborhood.

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While I understand the value of provenance, the market for Ruf conversions always seems odd to me. We previously profiled this 1989 Ruf BTR 3 Slantnose that was being offered for the princely sum of $299,000 (which is the car the seller mentions at the end of the ad above, the sale of which he’s clearly trying to capitalize upon). That car’s high price came through a confluence of attributes: the rarity of a RUF built car, the rarity of a 930 Slantnose, and the car’s low mileage. The Ruf BTR featured here lacks those attributes and as such won’t come close to the Slantnose’s price. With a Buy It Now of $100,000 it is, quite frankly, pretty over-priced for the territory in which these cars typically sell. With that out of the way, I offer as another comparison the low mileage 1989 930 Turbo with a fantastic burgundy leather interior that I profiled earlier this week. That car has a Buy It Now price of $92,500, which seems a little high, but not outrageous. As far as the current market for these cars goes, that 930 Turbo should fetch a higher price (possibly up to $20K higher) than this Ruf BTR conversion. Such is the market for collectors. For my money? I think I’d have the Ruf.

-Rob

1986 RUF BTR Slantnose

Last August, Nate featured a subtle brown metallic RUF BTR Slantnose for sale. Well, that car is back up for sale, listed with the same amount of miles with $8,000 knocked off the asking price. The seller lists the car as a new arrival, but according to our post last year, we know that is not the case. So what’s the story with this 911 warmed over by one of Germany’s most famous tuners?

1986 RUF BTR Slantnose on eBay

I’ve been eyeing this car for a few days, but sadly, the seller has not added any more information to the advertisement. If anyone out there knows more about the history of this awesome Slantnose, we’d love to hear from you. With so few built, it’s hard to place a value on such a car, but with similar vintage 911 3.2 Turbos with 20,000 miles and less selling for close to $100,000, perhaps the asking price of $115k isn’t too terrible considering it is a Slantnose and has RUF’s fingerprints on it.

-Paul

Ruf Something Or Other For Sale – 1980 Porsche 930

So… if I am the kind of guy that has a Ruf car in his/her garage I am going to know exactly what I have.  Here we have a Ruf tuned 1980 Porsche 930.

What level of tune, I have no idea.  CTR?  BTR?  Not sure, but it has 475 horsepower whatever it is.

1980 Ruf Porsche 930 For Sale:

From the seller –

“ruf 1985 930 911 turbo 475 din .hp power very fast car one of the fastest cars of the 80 top speed 200 Q mile low 12 mint condtion have owned fore 17 year very rare car call bill 774=249596. TH CAR IS A 1985 GERMAN CAR IS A RUF HAS MA TITLE SO SAME CAR GO THROUGH BARRET JAKSON FOR 129000.”

What?  I am not even sure what this means.  My guess it the seller bought a 1980 Porsche 930 and had some Ruf updates installed.  This is not to be confused with a factory built CTR or BTR.  Those cars can cost anywhere from $60-130k.  This is a very nice car and very very fast.  Probably a $50k car all day long.

You know what would be nice, some more detail.  I hate having to guess at what we are looking at.  But other than some cryptic pictures we don’t have much to go on.  The exhaust and wheels are Ruf spec but without a motor shot there is no way of knowing what level of tune we are looking at.

Potential buyers, it’s time to start asking questions.  The ambiguity of the ad might make for a good buying opportunity for the right person.

Be careful out there!

~Aaron.

 

1986 Ruf BTR Porsche 911 Slantnose for sale

Seeing the RUF CTR2 in a Road & Track high-speed shootout in middle school ushered in a new era in my car appreciation – the tuner era. Now much more commonplace, I had never before seen the fantastic excesses of speed possible when aftermarket engineers set their sights on improving the best of the best. Ridiculous power is ubiquitous these days, but while many tuners have eschewed clean aero add-ons for the automotive equivalent of gaudy triple-E silicon implants, Alois Ruf has stayed classy through over three decades of Porsche tuning. Clean proprietary wheels are often the only exterior modification as Ruf lets his engine work do the talking. In the mid-80s, Ruf took the poster-star Slantnose 930 911 and worked his magic, ending up with 374 turbo-charged horses ready to lay waste to the all comers.

1986 Porsche 911 Ruf BTR Slantnose for sale on eBay

Not a lot of info on the listing, but three numbers seem the most important:

100 – The total number of Ruf BTRs produced
12,748 – The obscenely low mileage
123,900 – The asking price

It’s a shame this car has only traveled 13k miles, because I’m sure it’s a blast. It’s tough to judge the market for a car like this, but even with the low mileage and rarity, it seems priced a bit high. That said, the seller seems ready to wait to get their price, so more power to them in passing on this most rare of 911s.

-NR

1985 930 & 1995 993 RUF BTR Porsche

Here are a pair of different generation RUF BTR models. We’ve had a BTR on this blog before, but who doesn’t love the high power, low weight combo these cars provide?


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This is a collector opportunity with so little miles. You would like to image that the low miles would indicate a low likelihood of abuse. The car looks clean. The seller says he is the second owner and that he has all service, shipping, and original order documentation, which is nice. Car is up at $53,000 reserve not met.
From the seller the car includes:

* RUF BTR Engine Conversion
* 3.4 Liter Displacement
* RUF group “B” cams
* Twin intercooler conversion
* Tuned equal length stainless steel exhaust
* K-27 Turbocharger
* RUF 4-pipe turbomuffler
* Adjustable boost
* Ported & Polished heads with twin plug ignition
* RUF BTR suspension
* 10 speaker Nakamichi Stero with 480 watts of output
* RUF Speedline wheels (the real ones from Italy and not the Avus ones)
* RUF badges and steering wheels and RUF guages.


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Ok, so calling a BTR custom is kind of redundant since most RUF cars are done to some sort of owner specs. This one however has some additional modifications that set it apart. First off this particular car was featured in Car and Driver magazine in May 1997. It also has some unique options from the factory, sunroof and rear seat delete. Post RUF conversion the owner added some interior treatments and Porsche Bi-Xenon headlights. The is being sold by RUF Auto Centre in Dallas, the ask is $89,900. They say they just finished a complete engine rebuild on the car.
From the seller the car includes:

* RUF BTR Engine Conversion
* RUF Tranmission upgrade
* RUF Coil Over Suspension
* RUF Brake Upgrade
* RUF 18″ Wheels
* RUF Strut Tower Brace
* RUF Pedal Set
* RUF Steering Wheel
* RUF Shift Knob
* RUF Door Sills
* Leather Covered Roll Bar

Maybe not a good bang for the buck ratio here, but certainly a ton of fun if you can afford it. The price is more reasonable if you aspire for the rarer things in life.

~Evan

1985 Ruf BTR For Sale: The Ultimate Tuner Porsche 930?

While perhaps not the most extreme 930 tuner car [note: Jim has corrected me in the comment that the Ruf is actually built on a narrow-bodied 911, not a 930. Thanks Jim!], it is certainly the most widely recognized from the mid 80’s. This gorgeous black 1985 Ruf BTR is on eBayMotors right now with a buy-it-now of $69k:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

Offered here is an stunning example of a widebody RUF BTR. This example had a full conversion done in 1987. It was built to stage III specs (475 bhp). The conversion included new RUF 3.4 liter BTR motor, Ruf 5-speed transmission, RUF front oil cooler (requires Ruf front spoiler), and exhaust. All body modifications (boxed rockers, slotted rear fender ducks, and RUF front spoiler) were also done at the same time. Paint is original from that time on.

Car is in mint condition, with only 36,874 miles. Car runs great. Everything including A/C works perfectly. Paint is 9/10. Interior is 9/10. Tires are brand new with ony 100 miles on them. All service is up to date. Very few 930’s, let alone RUF’s, left in this condition.

These cars a VERY rare. Less then 100 are believed to have been produced. Ruf’s are the most collectable of all Porsches. This will only appreciate in value over the years.

Full documentation from RUF, including original reciept, are included.

What an outstanding car! The BTR develops 374hp, which for it’s day was astonishing. That’s a full 92hp more than a stock Porsche 930, which is no slouch in it’s own right! While most are familiar with the RUF Yellowbird ‘CTR’ model featuring 475hp(!), the BTR is just as rare and probably a fair bit easier to live with.

I found a couple of BTR videos on YouTube. The first is a Japanese video review clip with some nice videography:

And this one is a first timer behind the wheel of his Dad’s car with Dad in the car:

I’d probably be so nervous that I’d kill it the first time too!

If you liked this entry, you should check out this DP Motorsports 935 that I’ve posted previously. I had the opportunity to talk with one of the original owners this past week and will be featuring that interview shortly!

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Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at these RUF Porsche’s and parts that are currently for sale!

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