Gray Market Goodness: 500E, 190 2.3-16, and CTR2

Some really tasty gray market goodies are for sale online right now. I had to get these posted fast, so I’m putting them all together. Enjoy!

Mercedes-Benz Euro W124 500E 1992 For Sale at EuroClassicMotors.com for $42000

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quote from their website:

Model: Mercedes-Benz Euro W124 500E 1992 Anthracite Grey Metallic/Black
Features: Fully loaded, Rare onboard computer! (Similar to E34 M5 )
Mileage: 89K since new, second owner car, imported from Germany 1993 by the original owner all the DOT/EPA is done, Currently the new home is Los Angeles area.
Availability: CURRENTLY FOR SALE $42000- call/email.
Technical Data: This is legendary M119 engine, Euro spec is 326hp 354 nm / 261.1 ft lbs @ 4900 rpm.
Exhaust: Custom made from the headers all the way to the Remus, the sound is awesome !!!
Soon will have dyno test on the car, estimated around 356hp at the crank…
Suspension: Koni yellow sport (adjustable).
Brakes: High-performance double-drilled and slotted rotors with high performance brake pads.
Transmission: Is set to start from 1st gear every time and
operates very sensitively in downshift mode with no lock moment… The result is impressive!
Differential: 2.47 LSD (Limited Slip Differential)
Wheels: 19” inch AMG (style) Front 245 35 19 Rear 275/30/19.

Is this the finest W124 500E for sale… anywhere?! It sure looks like it, and duplicating this car would surely cost more than the asking price. Make sure to check out their website which has probably 100 images on it. This car is beautiful!


1985 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale1985 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale1985 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale

quote from eBay listing:

This is the one! Anthracite gray with black leather interior, 5-speed manual with the higher horsepower, higher compression european spec engine. 75k miles and very tight. Very good to excellent condition throughout.

Yes, this is a 1985 model and that means it was produced for the European market and imported here. In the case of the Cosworth 190E, this means that this car has higher horsepower (185hp vs 167hp), torque and compression ratio.

This is a really nice example of a very desirable and collectible car. This is not a show car, but it certainly is in much better than average condition and has a relatively low 75,000 miles on it. It is probably too nice to take racing — even though it is a race car — but could make a great base for a project street car. Or do like me and just drive it! I have driven a lot of Mercedes in my life and this is the only one that really feels like a sports car. It’s nimble handling, high revving Cosworth engine and great exhaust note make this car a blast to drive. Please come buy it before I get into trouble!

• 75,000 Miles
• Five-speed transmission
• 4-cylinder 2.3 liter engine

I like the opening bid of $8000 and the honesty of this listing. While not quite as nice as this example posted a while back, the combination of European specification, recent respray, and very good miles, make me think this is a great example for an enthusiast. I wish I was in the market right now, I’d bid!


1997 Porsche Ruf CTR2 Sport for Sale at SunsetClassics.com

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quote from their website:

We have an exceptional Yellowbird Yellow 1997 Porsche Ruf CTR-2 Sport for sale. This RUF was the fastest production car in the world in 1997. This ultra rare Porsche Ruf CTR2 Sport ranks right up there with Ferrari’s F50 and Jaguar’s XJ220. The CTR2’s air-cooled engine whips out an impressive 580HP with 0-60 times under 4 seconds, and a blistering top speed of 217mph! There were only 16 of these street legal super cars made from 1995-1997 so this is obviously a really rare chance at owning a piece of automotive history. Not to mention it is one wicked car to drive.

This is the fastest car I’ve ever ridden in, and we didn’t even juice it anywhere near its full potential. This particular car was featured in the February 1998 issue of European Car magazine when it was owned by the previous owner Steve Beddor. This car has only 8k original miles since new, a beautiful sounding Blaupunkt stereo system and looks to kill. You are looking at a very fine investment opportunity for any Porsche enthusiast – and one fun sports car that craves some hard driving.

Not much needs to be said here. An opportunity like this doesn’t come along very often, and it’s appears to be titled! The real deal, not a conversion, and has only 8k miles. I’ve always said that I think the 993 series was the last of the real Porsche 911’s and this one is the ultimate tuner car of it’s generation. Sure it’s a Powerball fantasy for most of us, but if my ticket hits, this guy’s phone is going to blow up the next day! Make sure to click through and check out all the images they have and bunch of videos too.

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Wanted: Ruf 6 Speed Transmission for Porsche 930

I got a note from a reader asking for help in locating a Ruf transmission for his Porsche 930:

i just did my engine i upgraded to a ruf 3.4 twin plug on my 1988 930 turbo i was running the stock 3.3 but i had some bolt on power such as a k 29 turbo and a kokelin inter cooler and b&b exhaust with headers i love my upgrade but as you know the weekest link is the stock 4 spd transmission my engine wants more i am very serious on a ruf 6 spd transmission i can not locate one please help me porsches forever its in our blood thank you

Sounds like a helluva setup! Here are pictures of his Turbo:

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Help out a fellow enthusiast! Anyone have suggestions on where you would even start to look for something like this? Leave a note in the comments. Good luck James!

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1991 Porsche 964 Carrera RUF RCT Conversion

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 Brakes
RUF Steering Wheel
RUF Front Lip Spoiler
Complete RUF repaint in custom Teal
RUF Interior Leather
Koni Suspension
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.

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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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I’m Bored: 2007 Ruf 3400K Coupe 25th Anniversary Edition Coupe

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:

RUF 3400K
Layout
Longitudinal mid-engine, rear wheel drive

Engine
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

Transmission
Six-speed manual

Suspension
Adjustable coilovers

Brakes
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)

Exterior
Ruf front bumper with integral air intakes, rear wing, rear bumper

Interior
Aluminum pedals, gear lever trim, instrument panel

Performance
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!)

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