It’s August and that means it’s car auction time. Much of the car-collecting world will be out in California this weekend either at Monterey or Pebble Beach – maybe even Carmel. A lot of cars will change hands and some of those will help set the market over the next six months. I always like to highlight a few that seem particularly fun.
As usual, there are a lot of Porsches on auction, though truthfully there is less this year that really grabbed my attention than in years past. But there is always good stuff even if there are fewer of them. For instance, if you’re a very esoteric Porsche fan, Gooding & Company will be auctioning this 1 of 1 1966 Porsche 911 Spyder. This post will not be about that car, in part because I don’t even know where to begin with that car, and, in fact, this post will be slightly tangential to Porsche. We’re going to look at RUF because there are a few very cool RUFs being auctioned. These are the real deal; these aren’t conversions carried about by shops here in the US nor even are they conversions carried out in Pfaffenhausen at the RUF factory. All three of these have a RUF VIN. They are all insanely rare and like all RUFs insanely fast and focused.
We’ve seen a lot of RUF 911s come up for sale over the years, but the three we have here are some of the best examples available. They all come from the 911’s air-cooled days and are a mix of almost unknown and iconic. Let’s begin with the icon: a 1989 RUF CTR, the model famously tested as the ‘Yellowbird’ and which put the rest of the tuning world on notice:
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.
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!
We have featured several Ruf tribute cars over the years. Even several Ruf built cars that have been tuned in the states. What we have here is the only lightweight Ruf built CTR imported to the states. Weighing about as much as a Miata this CTR packs 525 horsepower which carries this rocket to a top speed of 217 miles per hour.
If that sounds like a street legal race car it is, complete with a cage and all the trappings of racecardom.
Not sure what you could say about this car that we have not read over the past 23 years but here you go –
“The ONE OWNER car you see here is 1 of only 6 Aluminum LIGHTWEIGHT Street/Track RUF CTR YellowBirds created! 22 additional all steel versions were built. Tipping the scales at just 2,520 lbs., you are looking at the LIGHTEST CTR on the planet! This is the ONLY RUF CTR YellowBird created for importation into the United States. It was the recent cover feature of “9” Magazine. The car is exquisite in every way and in top mechanical and cosmetic condition. It has been maintained by the professional team of Porsche experts at the 901 shop. This car is truly one of a kind and is being offered for sale to the discerning Porsche Collector for the very first time!”
That’s right, 1 of 6 aluminum CTR cars ever created. The BTR will cars fetch anywhere between $60-$75k. While the $279k asking price is steep, cars like this are hard to price. My guess is this one will come down in price until it finds a buyer, maybe somewhere in the $175k-$200k range. That person will have to be a collector as this car will never see a day of track time or a run to Walmart. Iconic cars like this will always be in demand and deserve an owner that will ensure they are cared for in such a way to preserve their history.
Can you imagine what it cost to put this car together?! The ad states it was shipped to Ruf in Germany for the conversion work!
Check out this Ruf RCT conversion for sale at the Texas Ruf Autocentre:
quote from eBayMotors listing:
Just arrived at RUF Auto Centre is this impeccable 1991 Porsche 964 Coupe with a RUF RCT conversion.
This particular car was sent over to the RUF factory in Germany for a “complete” RUF conversion.
The original 964 was completely disassembled at the RUF factory, the body shell custom painted, interior recovered in full leather, engine conversion installed, transmission conversion installed, etc.
Here is a list of what all was done on the car at the RUF factory as part of the conversion:
RUF RCT Turbo conversion (3.6 Liter – 380HP, 395 ft/lbs of torque)
RUF 6 Speed Transmission Conversion
RUF Short Shift
RUF 18″ Wheels
RUF Strut Tower Brace
RUF Instrument Cluster
RUF Steering Wheel
RUF Front Lip Spoiler
Complete RUF repaint in custom Teal
RUF Interior Leather
Front Brake Ducts / Fog Lights
Our RUF / Porsche trained technicians have given this car a thorough inspection and have found absolutely no issues.
A really rare opportunity without question. But only serious collectors are likely to get excited considering the $69900 buy-it-now listed on the ad.