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Tuner Tuesday Roll The Dice? 1986 Porsche 930 Ruf

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A fair majority of our “roll the dice” features have been cars with high mileage, dubious modifications, or poor maintenance. The question marks are exchanged for, generally speaking, a budget price relative to the rest of the market.

This Porsche has none of that.

What we have here is a 1985 Porsche 930. Even if the air is cooling slightly in the 911 Turbo market, and while there’s probably only a premium on really original early and late examples, one from the middle of production like this isn’t to be shooed away immediately. Second, this car has really quite low mileage reported at under 15,000. Condition looks to be very good, and the car is marketed to be an originally Ruf-modified example. The price is certainly not budget-friendly for most outside of Wall Street. So where’s the rolling of dice to be seen?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 930 on eBay

Year: 1986
Model: 930
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 15,000 mi
Price: $165,000 Buy It Now

1986 Porsche 911 / 930 Turbo

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1986 911/930 Turbo
Make: Porsche
Model: 911
Type: Coupe
Trim: Turbo Carrera Coupe 2-Door
Year: 1986
Mileage: Less than 15,000
VIN: WP0JB093XGS050589
Color: Black and Grey
Engine size: 3.3L 3294CC H6 GAS SOHC Turbocharged
Number of cylinders: 6
Power options: Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power Seats
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual 4 speed
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Options: Cassette Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof, Radar detector
Vehicle Title: Clear
Porsche Certificate of authenticity.
Original Window Sticker and Manuals
Service History

1986 930 TURBO Beautiful “black” matching numbers 1986 Porsche 930 turbo with nice gray leather interior and factory sunroof. Less than 15K miles Clean Carfax with no reported issues, clean title, with all original paint and body! Runs and drives superbly with no known issues. Ruf upgrades @ approx. (40K), Factory radio.
Contact us for more details. We are happy to help answer any questions, Less than 15,000 miles, same owner since 1998.

Fastidiously maintained and cared for since new. This is a Blue Chip collector / enthusiast vehicle.
Call Danny @ 630-377-1222

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So where’s the beef? Well, in this case, it’s the complete lack of documentation of work completed. In 1986, RUF was issuing their own VIN numbers for full BTR examples, but an American example like this could have been converted, too. It appears that this car wears many of the BTR bits outside of the 5-speed. The adjustable boost “Schrapnel Knob”, the RUF gauges, Speedline wheels, bumper cover and intercooler all appear to be correct. But what modifications lie inside the motor remain a mystery. For such a valuable car, both in period and today, and one that was obviously treasured, the lack of documentation is both surprising and a bit concerning for a collector.

That’s because while the market has been heavy on the 911 Turbo front as of late, the really valuable examples have either been well documented modified ones or very original examples. For example, a slightly more potent, documented RUF CTR sold at RM Auctions last fall for 224,000 Euros. The asking price for this car is obviously lower, but it’s also missing the important documentation of that CTR. This example’s price was realized recently on the ex-Ickx 1983 930. While it had more mileage, the documentation of Ickx’s ownership and original condition brought the price up.

Is this car worth a roll of the dice? If it could be proven to have all the correct modifications done in period, then perhaps it’s not a bad value. However, without that documentation, the buyer would have to be willing to overlook better documented and more original examples simply because they like the mods. I have to think that it’s unlikely to sell specifically because of this. You could, for example, save $50,000 and get the clean Carmine Red 1987 Rob just looked at, and even that car we felt was quite reaching in its asking price.

Snake Eyes!


One Comment

  1. David
    David May 13, 2017

    From the ebay ad:

    Q: Hi – do you have any documentation for the RUF work done to this car? Also, add says RUF work was completed at 40k. But car has 15k miles? Did you mean 40k dollars? Thanks

    A: We do not have any paperwork or documentation for the Ruf Conversion. The estimated cost of the Ruf conversion by the current owner is $40,000.00. The Porsche has less than 15,000 miles. It is our understanding that a factory converted Ruf with a Ruf serial number was not available in 1986 as USA Spec and these cars could go back to either Germany or an authorized US dealer for the conversion.

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