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Tuner Tuesday: 1995 Ruf BTR – REVISIT

The 993 market is red hot right now, and few cars stir the emotions of enthusiasts quite like the Turbo models. Of course, this car wasn’t originally a Turbo, but the nameplate on the front and rear more than makes up for that shortcoming – it is the 1995 Ruf BTR press car for the U.S.. Converted originally by Ruf Auto Center, this car has continually risen in price over the past few years. Since November, it has moved from Texas and it’s original $129,000 asking price to Missouri – an expensive move, apparently, since the asking price is now $149,888. Now, I haven’t shipped a car between states, but knowing some people that have (and the type of cars they ship…) I’m pretty certain that’s not a $21,000 trip. It equates to $29 a mile, if you’re counting. Does $150,000 sound like too much for a non-original, but documented history converted Ruf car?


The below post originally appeared on our site November 25, 2014:

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:

Year: 1995
Model: BTR
Engine: 3.6 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 35,077 mi
Price: $129,000 Buy It Now

New Description
Exotic Motors Midwest is pleased to offer this 1995 993 Porsche 911 RUF BTR finished in Arctic Silver over Black Leather interior! This RUF BTR Turbo Started life as a 911 C2 and was immediately converted into the fantastic RUF BTR as presented today. Extremely powerful with 420HP fed through the rear wheels, powering it’s already lightweight body stripped further from the factory with a factory spec’d rear seat delete. The rear of the cabin has been treated to a beautiful roll cage that has been masterfully wrapped in leather retaining it’s classic Porsche feel.

Factory Options and features include:

– 6-speed manual transmission

-030- Sports Suspension

-419-Luggage Compartment Instead of Rear Seating

-454-Automatic Speed Control

-498-Without Model Designation Rear End


Single Turbo 3.6L Flat-six 8.4:1 CR, 420hp 420TQ, Single KKK Turbo, Rear Wheel Drive, RUF Suspension Kit, Larger Front and Rear Sway Bars, Springs, Boge Shocks, Solid Aluminum-Billet Front Shock-Tower, 18-inch Ruf Alloy Wheels made by Speedline. Carbon Interior panels, Carbon Fiber Radio Delete, Carbon Fiber Center Console, RS Door Cards.

0-60 in 3.7 Seconds

1/4mile in 12.2 seconds at 115MPH as tested by Car and Driver
Old Description
1995 Porsche 993 RUF BTR

1995 Porsche 993 RUF BTR!

Dallas Motorsports is pleased to present this *RARE* 1995 Porsche 993 RUF BTR Conversion!

This RUF BTR began life as a Sun-Roof Delete 993 Carrera 2 and was converted in Late 1995. Also note, this RUF BTR was a press car for RUF featured in the May of 1997 issue.

The centerpiece of the RUF BTR is a single-turbo engine conversion kit for the 3.6 Liter Flat-Six. This kit also includes: RUF Intercooler, RUF Camshafts, RUF Built Transmission, a free-flowing RUF exhaust system, higher-flowing Fuel Injectors, a new engine wiring harness, and a RUF/Bosch Montronic Engine Control System. A Turbo S tail has also been added to house the intercooler. Machined factory Mahle pistons reduce the 3.6 Liter’s compression from 11:3:1 to 8:4:1, which helps to prevent any type of meltdown from the single KKK Turbo’s 11.6 psi of boost. A long with the engine, RUF also installed a suspension kit that includes springs and Boge shocks, which lower the body about 30 mm. A solid aluminum-billet front shock tower brace, and anti-roll bars twice as stiff as the stock ones have also been installed.

Other RUF upgrades include: RUF Pedal Set, RUF Shift Knob, RUF Floor Mats, RUF Steering Wheel, RUF Door Sills, and a Roll Cage wrapped in leather. Lastly, the BTR is fitted with RUF 18″ Wheels.

This RUF BTR features 420 HP & 420 lbs/ft TQ to go along with a blistering 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and an overall top speed of 185mph! Acceleration is better than a 993 Turbo and the driving experience is closer to a GT2 because of the lighter weight and rear wheel drive.

If you are looking to own a RARE AIR-COOLED gem such as this 993 RUF BTR, look no further!!

Call/Text/Email Spencer Heitman 214-773-0588 for more information or to make an appointment.

The trail on this car seems to be well documented; aside from the Car and Driver article which I can’t seem to find, the car also wen through the hands of Ruf Autocenter a few years ago, who seem to acknowledge the C&D article. The conversion and condition of the car seem to be top notch and though Rufs are rare in general, a last generation 993 BTR converted model with significant history seems to be extra special. While not the wildest colored Ruf we’ve seen, I think the Arctic Silver with black leather and those awesome Speedline wheels looks just about perfect. There are just enough details to set is apart from the normal Carrera 2, but not so many that it really stands out. I really like the Turbo S rear spoiler with the discrete air intakes, the subtle chin spoiler and the 924 Turbo-esque air intakes in the light panel. It’s a bit of a sleeper, all in all. Pricing is considerably higher than when RAC sold the car; the asking price is 50% higher than only a few years ago. But miles are low, condition is still impeccable, the history is known and the 993 market is red hot. This certainly looks like a special Ruf amongst an already special breed!



  1. Howard S
    Howard S March 3, 2015

    Is this really the Press car? Sounds like it should be worth somewhere in the mid $100’s in today’s market. It does not look like all the original parts are present. Those seats are 996 hard backs which obviously would not have been in the car either from the Porsche factory or after the Ruf conversion. They’re nice seats they just look really out of place. A 3.6 single turbo can be a handful to drive at speed. Oh … I can move a car on a carrier from Philly to LA for about $850 bucks or enclosed for about $1400. Just as a point of reference LOL.

  2. Howard S
    Howard S March 3, 2015

    I sort of kind of remember the car. Back in the 90’s I was a Wall St trader and cars were a hobby not my business. I bought a lot of cars back in those days, all the right models and sub models, too bad I sold them too. I remember the single turbo Ruf car, I also remember not lusting over it as much as a 993 TT or even a 1994 3.6 Turbo (965). This would be a neat car for a collector given its history with Ruf, as a driver it’s probably easily surpassed by many cars from about that era.

    Carter, I agree its not worth the 15 bucks to buy that build sheet. I suspect I’ll be able to get it from another source with a little digging. It would be interesting to see whats been swapped on the car since its original build.

  3. Carter
    Carter March 3, 2015

    If you find it, let me know – I didn’t have any luck!

  4. Howard S
    Howard S March 3, 2015

    The cars been around the block a few times ownership wise, a reported 5 owners plus dealers had it on their books a few times. Miles appear legit. Lived in Florida originally, worked its way up the east coast to VA and NY with a stop in TX sometime. Really hard to value this one without seeing the car, and without knowing what should be in there. In the pictures it looks as if it was a bolt on turbo and IC, some wheels and suspension bits and a roll cage. Plus some body swaps but the sheet metal has not been altered, just the bumper covers and deck lid/ spoiler, fascia sort of stuff. I have to imagine they stripped a lot of weight we just can’t see where. Just a guess…. but a buck fifty might prove to be cheap depending on a few things.

  5. Carter
    Carter March 3, 2015

    Yeah, I guess the question I have is…if it’s such a good deal, why has it been sitting? We listed it in November (@129), then BaT listed it in December via craigslist, and now here it is again. The Ruf connection obviously makes the car, since it’s apparently documented, but I guess it really just takes the right person being in the room. Strange, though, that it hasn’t moved more quickly to an enthusiast.

  6. Howard S
    Howard S March 3, 2015

    We must be missing a piece of the puzzle bucause if its all there I get the feeling this car should sell easily at a buck fifty and higher. What a 993 TT BTR going for these days? North of $200? Whats one of the CTR’s selling for? North of $200?

    There must be less than meets the eye on this one.

  7. Carter
    Carter March 3, 2015

    Well, the original Rufs/Ruf Vins are certainly crazy money now – I guess they always were though. I think the lesser value here is that the car was converted in the U.S., but the ties to the company are as strong as a real one. Perhaps in that light, it is a serious value.

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