12 Aug

Monterey Car Week 2014 – RUF Registry Porsche picks

I posted the red ducktail/stripe delete RS with RUF service history on our Facebook page on saturday that got a pretty good amount of action, and I had one follower message me asking if I was going and what cars I would be looking at. Sadly, I won’t be going this year. I went last year and also in ’09 when Porsche was the featured marque, and had a total blast. I would say Monterey Car Week ranks up there with the Indy 500, Monaco Grand Prix and Mille Miglia as my “bucket list” car guy things to do. The best part is, there is usually more than one event going on at any one time, so even if you’ve been once, there is still a ton of stuff to do. I have gone twice and have still not been to the Quail Lodge event, Concorso Italiano, or the Jet Center party. If you’re going to buy a Porsche, there are quite a few to consider. I’ve put my personal picks, and the reason I like them, below.

Gooding & Co. is a class act and I have to say, it’s my favorite auction to attend. The auctioneer, Charlie Ross is funny without being annoying, David Gooding stands next to him announcing each car and its significance as they come on the block, there’s no “wheeling & dealing” going on and in general they keep the consignments tight and flowing at a good pace (not too quick, not too slow).

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0: Everybody goes crazy over the icon, the 1973 Carrera RS, but the 1974 is way more rare and it was also the basis for the IROC series for one year. Since I own an impact bumper 911, I have a fondness for this car and the SCRS. This car is finished in the iconic white over gold and unlike the majority of ’73 RSs, the window trim on quite a few of these came black anodized.

1968 Porsche 911 T/R: Early sports-purpose 911s that were built and campaigned in-period are so hard to find amongst the droves of R-Gruppe cars. This one’s pretty sweet and has a great stance with the tall sidewall tires and black side stripes and light ivory. This car feels way too cheap at the low estimate of $400,000 considering early 911Ss are only about 30% cheaper (maybe less after this weekend!).

1959 Porsche 356A Super: Love these simple, honest 356s. I think they’ve still got some upward potential as far as pricing goes, and even though they aren’t fast at all, they’re great cruisers and you can even do tours with them if you’re not in a rush. This one is finished in an elegant eggshell white with the very period luggage-rack fixed to the engine lid. With the Super motor, it’ll be able to get up on the freeway adequately, but definitely not a speed demon. I was originally planning on posting the black Carrera 2 with factory sunroof, but I think the white car is better for driving on a semi-regular basis.

1955 Porsche 356 Speedster: No way I was going to miss posting a Speedster, and this one is my favorite. There’s an equally nice red one in the Gooding auction, but the Rudge knockoff wheels totally make this car. Steve McQueen used to own one just like this, and I happen to love black on red combination. $1/2 million dollar estimate and worth every penny if you ask me!

1967 Ford GT50 Mk. 1: I had to give this car an honorable mention. I haven’t seen any news about it around the net, and with the modern Ford GT prices seemingly going through the roof, it’s odd that this car hasn’t gotten any love. With a well-preserved interior and beautiful Carmen Red paint over Borrani wire wheels, this car has definitely been overlooked by the major classic car news outlets thus far. $3.5 to $4 million estimate is not cheap, but how cool would it be to have this car and a red Ford GT.

Bonhams always seems to secure some of the really significant cars to headline their auctions and this year they have a Ferrari 250 GTO to be sold without reserve, that has captured the collective attention of the worldwide collector car community. But lets move on from that and look at some Porsches.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7: The car that sparked this blog post, a stripe and ducktail delete RS. You hardly ever see one of these. I think I’ve only seen one other one before and it was black. This car is one of the first five hundred with the thinner sheetmetal and glass, finished in a great color combination and with what appears to be honest history that includes some refurbishing by RUF in the 1980s. I’m not a huge fan of the muffler skirt, but besides that, it’s pretty much perfect.

1970 Porsche 908/03 Spyder: Like the GT40, I feel like there has been way too little press on this car. Possibly as a result of the fact that it is a development car and thus has very light (or possibly no) notable in-period race history. Also, while Bonhams does mention the car comes with its factory transaxle, from the description it seems the car was essentially assembled from a box of parts. Even at the high estimate, this car is a cheap way to get into the upper echelons of vintage racing, and that Martini livery is iconic and to die for.

1952 Ferrari 212 Europa: I have another honorable mention. I love the color combination on this car and the interior is absolutely gorgeous with giant gauges in the center and beautiful wood steering wheel. I don’t know much about these early Ferraris, but this car appears to be the precursor to the 250 Europa, and it has the winning Ferrari formula: High-revving V12 in front and elegantly finished exterior and interior. The tall greenhouse on this car probably makes it a slightly easier car to handle than the more “chop top” style of the 250. I just had to post this car because the interior is lovely.

RM Auctions sold the lot with the highest hammer price last year, a Ferrari 275 NART Spyder that was purchased by Canadian retail magnate and Ferrari collector Lawrence Stroll. They have a great group of cars this year, and a couple in especially unique colors that caught my eyes.

1955 Porsche 356 Continental (pre-A) Cabriolet: I was pretty much blown away as soon as I saw this car. Speedsters are nice, but with the hundreds of replicas out there, they are more “seen” than cabriolets. Usually, there is also a later cabriolet at every Porsche event, such as a Convertible D. But I rarely see these Pre-A cabriolets and this one finished in paint-to-sample orange with the unique steering wheel is about as off the beaten air-cooled path as it gets. With only 55 hp from the Super engine, it’s definitely an around town cruiser, but with the estimate in the same range as Super engined Speedsters, it would be real shame to pass this up for one of those.

1972 Porsche 911 S Targa: I don’t have much to say about this car other than I give a lot of credit to the person who decided to restore a Sepia Brown car. I can’t get into this color no matter how much I try, but I’m sure it will make a nice driver or concourse participant, and you don’t see a whole lot of these cars because most were repainted to something a little “less period” at some point.

Mecum is the wheeler dealer’s dream. Grab a beer, figure out what cars you want and start cracking wise with the handlers while they get in your face trying to suck another bid out of you. While it may not be everyone’s style, Dana Mecum always has something for everyone. From sub-$20,000 lots all the way on up to the multi-million dollar stuff, it’s a show and an auction all wrapped into one.

1981 Porsche Cabriolet RUF Turbo: This car has resurfaced in the past couple years after having originally appeared in Joe Rusz’s article that I covered in a previous post about the RUF NATO. It essentially started off as a 1981 Porsche 911 (probably a Targa, but I’m not positive) and was converted to a Turbo cabriolet before the factory had built/sold its own. It’s a nice car that I haven’t quite gotten around to putting in the registry, but will soon. I think the estimate of $175,000 to $200,000 is way too high considering you can get a CTR for around the same or a little more, but it is coming after some pretty high dollar cars.

1997 Porsche 993 Turbo: Yep, I’m a total sucker for an Arena Red 993 and I’m not ashamed to admit it. This is pretty much as perfect as it gets, a Turbo in Arena Red with the Cashmere Beige interior with the upper section in black. Not much else to say. Perfect spec on a spectacular car.

1968 Porsche 911 Soft-Window Targa: Not many soft-window Targas out there this year. Actually, I think this is the only one. Finished in classy Irish Green over Brown leatherette, the only thing letting this car down for me is those god-awful finished wheels. With a proper set of early narrow Fuchs it would be proper.

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster: These ’89 Speedsters seem to pop-up here and there pretty often and I think all the auction houses are selling at least one. This one is by far the most unique, Grand Prix White with CanCan Red interior is very American and seen often on classic American cars from the ’50s and ’60s (thinking C2 Chevy Corvette or ’60s Chevy Impala). Usually they put the black or white seat piping with red interior, which would have been a nice touch, but that’s a small gripe. I’ve ridden in an impact bumper Speedster and they’re a total blast with the low windshield, the perfect car for Southern California. It’s too bad most of them are tucked away as collectors items.

1995 Porsche “962″ Kremer K8 Spyder: I don’t know much about this car or its history, but a million bucks for a car that won first overall at the 24 hours of Daytona sounds like a good deal by any standards, let alone Porsche. Kremer brothers have come up with some magic over the years using Porsche as their basis, and this car look like it’s no exception. The fact that it beat three Ferrari 333SPs to win is nothing short of remarkable. The livery is probably the worst part, and it certainly looked a little more racy in period with white 5-spoke wheels versus the gold mesh that are on it now, but that’s a small detail.

1991 Porsche 928 GT: This is my honorable mention from Mecum. A 22,000 mile 5-speed 928 in very desirable gray on gray, the ultimate ’90s banker-mobile. I think this may very well slip under the radar and somebody might get a deal since the 928 market has accelerated a little, but seems to remain very quietly under the radar with 911 prices going insane. I have spent some time driving a 928 and have to say the reason I think they don’t get much credit is that they drive pretty poorly under 85 mph, which with our speed limits, makes it hard to appreciate. At speed though, the steering and controls are perfectly weighted, and they are excellent cars to spend extended periods of time making a transcontinental jouney in.

Alright, that’s it for me. If you hit the auctions, we’d love to hear from you. Post on our Facebook page or drop me a line at info@rufregistry if you come across any cool RUFs or other cars.

10 Aug

Weekly Roundup 08/10/14 – Two Porsche 996 Turbo RUF RTurbo conversions and a 964 Turbo RUF BR2 conversion

Been swamped with work and haven’t been able to do a weekly update, but finally had some time to go over the additions to the RUF Registry this week. Started off with a Japan market RUF BR2 conversion on a Porsche 964 Turbo 3.3 liter and then a couple of RUF RTurbo conversions based on 996 Turbos.

Porsche 964 Turbo RUF BR2 Conversion: On monday I added this RUF BR2. I’ve been following the owners blog thanks to Google translate since it is all in Japanese. We didn’t get the RUF BR2 here in the U.S. But they start off with an engine conversion and then the owner can add other stuff a la carte. This particular car is a Grand Prix White 3.3 liter with the engine, 18 inch wheels, very subtle plastic front spoiler lip, painted rear reflector with green lenses that have the RUF logo embossed in them, and the more modern RUF shift knob that was first seen on the 996 era cars. If I had a 964, I would probably do it very similar to this one, subtle but with a kick.

Porsche 996 Turbo RUF RTurbo conversion “illGT2″: This infamous RTurbo conversion belongs to Martin, who goes by “illM3″ on most of the car forums. I believe he has since sold the car, but I met and spoke with his friend Slavik K. a few months back and Slavik had some very interesting things to say. First, the engine in this car was sent to RUF in Germany to have the engine conversion done. It has some internal parts changed and Slavik reports that him and Martin had a great time hitting tracks up and down the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and that it routinely put the beat down on Evolution Motorsports GT700 conversion. Alois Ruf quietly claims that RUF horsepower are a little more special than what the cars are rated at and this car definitely lends credence to that claim. The sister car to this one, a nearl identical seal grey Porsche 996 Turbo with the same conversion will be added to the registry in the coming weeks. Both cars apparently had the work done at a similar time, making my job a little more difficult when trying to keep track of the cars. Nonetheless, it’s a very special car and if the current owner is reading this, please contact me at info@rufregistry.com

Porsche 996 Turbo S RUF RTurbo conversion: Another RAC Performance RTurbo conversion, although this one done on a very tidy 996 Turbo S, something we don’t see too often. The 996 Turbo S came standard with the Porsche X50 engine option, essentially a slightly detuned GT2 engine (K24 turbochargers in place of the standard K16, GT2 spec intercoolers and supporting equipment), and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes. Along with the engine, the car was also fitted with RUF swaybars, short-shift kit and pedal covers.

That’s it for this week. As always, if you come across any cool and exciting RUF cars, please email me at info@rufregistry.com

12 Jul

Weekly Roundup 07/12/14 – A tale of two Porsche 911 Turbo R conversions and a RUF VIN 3800S

I don’t think I’ve made it any secret that more or less everybody likes the Porsche 911 RUF Turbo R conversions (RUF VIN as well) and RUF CTR2 cars the most on Facebook and Instagram. I happen to like them quite a bit too. Not as much as the original CTR, but closely behind. My theory is, the world economy was doing pretty well throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, so there are quite a few of these cars out there. Only 29 original CTR2s, but a lot of Turbo R conversions floating around. Good news for us RUF fans is, the internet makes the world a very small place and there’s plenty of great cars popping up.

Black Porsche 911 RUF Turbo R Conversion: Posted this bad boy yesterday. It was tough to followup on wednesday’s white Turbo S-based car, but this one’s almost as tasty and for those who like to fly under the radar, it’s just about perfect. The BBS wheels are a nice touch over the more often seen RUF 5-spoke alloys, even though I would still prefer the latter personally.

Grand Prix White Porsche 911 Turbo S RUF Turbo R conversion: Pretty much the holy grail of Porsche 993s is the Turbo S. Add to that the RUF Turbo R conversion with some extra RUF accessories like the wheels, bumpers and some interior work, and this is pretty much the dream 993 short of a CTR2. Like the black one, this one is also available in Japan at LMP Cars.

Grand Prix White 981 RUF 3800S: This car has been available for sale for quite a while now and is looking no worst for wear. With all the news about the Porsche Cayman GT4 moving forward with an aggressive turbocharged powerplant, lets not forget how nice and visceral a high-revving, naturally aspirated flat-6 is. This 3800S is a perfect example of that, and with mid-engine balance, I’m sure it’s an absolute hoot to drive! Good news for anyone who’s interested, this very car is available with Bob Forstner, Excalibur Park Lane immediately in the UK. Make sure to check out those seats too, I’m a total sucker for houndstooth.

That’s it, and as always, find a cool RUF or know someone who does? E-mail me: info@rufregistry.com

05 Jul

Weekly Roundup 07/05/14 – a black devil from Japan RUF CR4 converion, a Yellowbird Yellow 996 RTurbo and an early 911SCR

This week’s additions were a bit haphazard, as I wanted to mix it up a bit since last week we had a pretty good mix of new and old. Overall, I would say these three cars represent a pretty good breadth of RUF products from around the world. There’s something for everybody, whether it started off as a Porsche 911 originally and modified in-period to SCR, or is a newer RUF VIN car that carries with it the cache of the IRC, a monster turbo motor and trademark “Yellowbird Yellow” paint.

A lot of people ask me from time to time which RUF is my favorite and I have to say, I love all the CTRs a lot, as they are just a little bit more special than the conversions or more conventional Porsche 911-based RUF VIN cars. But, with that said, the Yellowbird Yellow RUF RTurbo is like the spiritual successor to the original RUF CTR Yellowbird. Additionally, it was also the highest-spec RUF one could purchase brand-new at the time, before the CTR3 came along. Those two things together make it one of my favorite RUFs, certainly one of the more special cars I have added recently.

The black CR4 and SCR represent the other end of the spectrum. For those people who want a RUF-level of appointment and attention to detail, but not necessarily in a monster powerful package, these naturally aspirated cars are a great alternative. Just as eager to tackle a trackday or long distance rally event, the SCR and east-Asian-market-specific CR4 are both great cars in their own right and carry that special RUF cache.

Without further ado, lets get onto this week’s additions to the RUF Registry.

1991 RUF CR4 from Japan: Japan is literally brimming with great cars, and this black CR4 is no exception. This car was submitted by its owner, Terumi Y. Terumi reports that Alois Ruf personally named this car “Diablo Negro” or “Black Devil” and I have to say, it’s a fitting name for such a car. The “Diablo Negro” is a RUF VIN 964-based CR4 model. Like the CRo and CR2, the CR4 is an east-Asian-market car that we did not get here in America or Europe as far as I know. The CR cars are naturally aspirated an the CR4 has the all-wheel-drive system from the Porsche 964 Carrera 4, making “Diablo Negro” a very robust package for a road rally or track day fun.

Yellowbird Yellow RUF RTurbo: A yellow monster was the subject of wednesday’s Facebook post. This car is a RUF VIN RTurbo and originally delivered with one of the lowest-spec motors with the 520 bhp. Although no slouch, it at some point, somebody wanted more and had the cars engine upgraded by RUF to 650 bhp “Nardo” spec. Save for its all-wheel-drive, one could say that this particular car is the spiritual successor to the original RUF CTR Yellowbird that made headlines in 1987 when it outran the competition in a Road & Track Magazine test. As far as I know and from the research I’ve done, it is still owned by “RSA333″ on Rennlist.

Black Porsche 911 SCR from Denmark: Finally, we kicked the week off with the 911SCR from Denmark. This particular conversion belongs to “Mikael” on Pelicanparts. It was in pretty dire shape when he finally decided to take it down and have all the rust repaired. More proof that the Europeans truly DRIVE their cars compared to us here in the United States. Overall, it looks like he did an excellent job resurrecting the car. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of modifications beyond what was fitted in-period, but everything seems to be done to a very high standards. I would personally prefer it with the impact-bumpers, but the 964-look conversion appears to be carried out very well and is something that RUF did for at least one other customer at some point, so I think it’s an appropriate modification. Even though I featured an SCR last week as well, these cars are very scarce and documentation on them is hard to come by. They are definitely a nice gem if one can find a good example that has been well-kept.

That’s it for this week. If you have any further information on any RUFs out there, please do not hesitate to email me: info@rufregistry.com

Thanks,
Amir

28 Jun

Weekly Roundup 06/28/14 – From oldest, a Porsche 911SCR conversion to newest, a 991-based RUF RT35

We went to “coast-to-coast” as we say here in America with what is essentially the first RUF-modified Porsche model, a 911 SCR, and a nearly new Porsche 991-based RUF RT35. Although there isn’t much of anything RUF left on the SCR conversion, it has been rebuilt by Porsche specialists in the UK Tech 9 Motorsports to a fantastic specification. The RUF RT35 needs no introduction, although I will expound on the car further down. Finally, we started the week off with a pretty typical BTR conversion that seems to have traveled the world and landed here in Southern California.

Sport Classic Gray Porsche 911 SCR Conversion: From the few photos I’ve been able to find of the final product, it does not seem like there is anything other than maybe some small frame reinforcements left of the RUF work on this 911SC that was originally converted to SCR. Good news is, like the black Porsche 911 Turbo R Conversion from last week, this car is very well-documented on an online forum, DDK-Online in this case. Either way, it’s a spectacular air-cooled Porsche 911 build, in an awesome color, and appears to be somewhat street-able still.

And a shot of what it looked like before the rebuild:

Metallic Brown RUF RT-35: This is the next RT-35 produced after the Grand Prix White RUF RT-35 Roadster and finished in a very unique spec. At first I thought it was the Porsche color Macadamia Metallic, but now I’m not so sure. It looks a little lighter and with a touch more metallic. My favorite part of this car is the interior. It is a very subtle two-tone beige full alcantara with houndstooth inserts on the seats, such an elegant color combination against the metallic brown exterior. I don’t know a whole lot about where this car has ultimately ended up, but Autogespot member TheCarhotel spotted the car in Munich in July 2013. It was also on the stand at the Geneva Auto Salon earlier this year.

Silver Porsche 930 RUF BTR Conversion: Finally, there’s the silver 930 I posted on monday. This car spent some good time in Japan and the current seller OXCars appears to have brought to Europe en route to its final destination here in Southern California where it is being offered for sale. Nothing particularly unique about this car, but it looks about right for the miles and although there isn’t any science behind this observation, I have found that the Japanese cars tend to have a little bit better attention paid to them than ones in Europe. If you’re looking for a nice 930 driver, this one’s probably worth taking a look at.

That’s it for this week. I’ve got some exciting plans for the Registry I’m working on right now that I’ll reveal in a few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any further information or photos on these or any of the cars in the registry, please e-mail me: info@rufregistry.com

22 Jun

Weekly Roundup 06/22/14 – new and old Porsche and RUF VIN 911s

First of all, happy summer to all Ruf Registry followers. Here in Los Angeles, summer has hit hard and hot and it has inspired me to try and plan some great road trips of my own. I would be driving my Porsche 911SC, but would obviously prefer doing it in a RUF, like an original RUF CTR, or maybe a CTR2. Either way, you I want to encourage everybody who’s on the fence or trying to plan something out to get on with it and do it! Nothing better than spending some quality time covering nice highways and seeing parts of the world you haven’t yet explored. Without further ado, lets get onto the RUF Registry additions for this week:

Moss Green Metallic RUF CTR: I’ve seen this car posted quite a bit on the internet, especially on the Pelican Parts Forum which I frequent weekly. Since my favorite color is green, this is probably my favorite CTR. I’ve been tracking this car since about 2010 when it was first posted for sale on Garage Current. I finally got around to translating the description section from the information I have, and it appears the car had an accident that damaged the left side of the car and as such, it is reflected on the title according to Garage Current. I think that’s part of the reason it sat unsold for so many years. Either way though, it does not appear on the site any longer, and I have not seen it for sale anywhere else.

Guards Red RUF CTR Cabriolet: I had heard about this car from someone who either owns it or owned it previously. They had e-mailed asking me about whether the VIN number is an actual RUF VIN and I did not have any records of it, so said I was unsure, but it does appear to be genuine. What’s interesting about this car is, it’s not a Porsche and does not appear to carry a factory Porsche 930 Turbo VIN, which starts with WPOZZZ like all other Porsches of that time destined for rest-of-world markets. This could very well be one of the first RUF VIN BTRs ever built, and the current seller claims it is one of two built. These early RUF VIN cars carry a lot more Porsche equipment than the later cars where RUF content was continuously increased, but the bumpers and leather-covered RUF hornpad steering wheel lend themselves to the RUF VIN story. Either way, it looks fairly represented, with the condition matching the claimed miles.

Arena Red Porsche 911 Turbo R Conversion: Yeah yeah, I know what you guys are thinking? Another 993 Turbo R conversion. I have no shame in admitting this car is in my absolute favorite spec on the 993, Arena Red over black leather interior. The cashmere is nice as well, but in the states at least, the preferred spec seemed to be the grey interior, which wears absolutely horribly. This car looks super tidy and is available for sale at Specialist Cars of Malton in the UK with what appears to be good documentation. If I hit the lottery and decided to move to the UK, this would be the first and last car on my list. Absolutely perfect for a quick blast in the english countryside or to take on an adventure down to main land Europe and the French Riviera.

That’s it for this week. Hope everybody has a great first week of summer, and as always, please e-mail me if you have any further information on these cars: info@rufregistry.com

14 Jun

Weekly Roundup 06/14/14 – Porsche 993 Turbo R Conversions

Big surprise, this week’s weekly roundup is going to be all Porsche 993s with Turbo R conversions. Two really clean cars that were converted and subsequently reprented by RAC Performance and a third with a very well-documented and storied past.

Artic Silver Porsche 911 Turbo R Conversion: First up is the subject of yesterday’s facebook post. RAC Performance carried out the conversion on this sleeper bone-stock looking 993 Turbo just a few thousand miles before representing it for sale on their website in the summer of 2012. Even though $93,900 still represents the high side of the market, a car with low mileage, a bonafide history and conversion carried out at such low mileage really makes this purchase more of an emotional one, rather than trying to compare it to similar Porsche 993 Turbos on the market without the RUF Turbo R conversion and then add a premium of some sort for the RUF goodies. The only thing that gives this beast away a little bit are the exhaust tips and the lowered stance. I’m sure whoever ended up finally buying this has had a lot of fun blowing the doors off 996 Turbos and GT2s, and of course the unsuspecting Ferrari F430 driver.

Black Porsche 911 Turbo R Conversion: I am not ashamed to admit that I absolutely love the Speedline for Porsche 3-piece wheels that originally appeared on the Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6s in ’93 and ’94 here in the U.S., but also on the earlier 3.3 liter Turbo S Leichtbau cars that we did not get here in the states. They look just as fitting and at home on a 993 as they do on a 964, case in point being this Porsche 993 Turbo with RUF Turbo R Conversion carried out by RAC Performance. Like the silver car, this one has fairly low mileage, and the conversion was carried out just a few thousand miles before it was put up for sale late last year. Overall it looks super tidy and I think the Turbo S front chin spoiler is a nice, subtle touch that the discerning eye will pick up on. The interior is all Porsche, black everywhere with no RUF items, but obviously in pristine condition given the low miles. Between this one and the silver one, it would be tough to choose, but I would probably go with this for the beautiful wheels alone.

Black Porsche 911 Turbo R Conversion: Last but not least, we have the very well-documented on Rennlist Turbo R belonging to a gentleman in Washington state. This car has a very unique exhaust setup inspired by the CTR2 that the original owner worked with Alois Ruf to get properly mounted on his car. I have personally seen this car when it was owned by Javier V. here in Southern California and can vouch for its smashing good looks. It is also the car that you click on on the left side of the screen when you land in the registry and want to navigate to the 993-based RUF section of the site. I’ve posted the original photo, which was taken by Javier, below.

That’s all for this week, and if you have any further info about any of these or other cars you see in the registry, do not hesitate to e-mail me: info@rufregistry.com

07 Jun

Weekly Roundup 06/07/14

This weekly roundup as you guys may have guessed is all Cayman-based RUFs. We kicked the week off with a green RUF 3800S, then added a couple of different “2.9 Asia Edition” cars, an orange one, and a grey with red wheels.

I’m sure you’re wondering what exactly a “2.9 Asia Edition” is. To be honest, I believe it’s the standard 2.9 liter Porsche Cayman spec engine, but built by RUF in their facility in Pfaffenhausen. It’s also possible that these are in fact RUF Porsche conversions and not genuine RUF VIN vehicles, although the dealer Royal Motors alludes to them being RUF VIN. The orange one would have had to have been ordered with Paint-to-Sample if it’s a Porsche with all the interior exclusive options in deviated stitching. If you have any more information on the “2.9 Asia Edition”, please contact me via e-mail: info@rufregistry.com

Green RUF 3800S: I’m not entirely sure what this specific green color is called, but I think it’s Outlaw Green like this CTR3 we have in the registry. Unique to this car is the stock Porsche Cayman bumper cover instead of a genuine RUF item. I found a magazine article on it with some nice photography. If you read Thai, please translate it for us in the comments section!

Orange RUF “2.9 Asia Edition”: I’m not sure what the color is on this one, but would guess it’s RS Orange. Lots of nice deviated stitching going on inside, along with a small carbon pack, paint-matched seatbacks and embossed RUF emblems. Again, not sure if we’re looking at a converted Cayman with an original Porsche 2.9 liter engine, or bonafide RUF VIN. This car has an RT12S-style front bumper with the RUF LED array turn signals.

Grey RUF “2.9 Asia Edition”: Finally, there’s the Seal Grey car with red wheels. Like the orange car, there’s plenty of deviated stitching to be had on the interior, but rather than paint-match the seatbacks to the color of the car, they have done them in red to match the wheels, which is a nice touch. This car has the RT12-style front bumper, but with Porsche 997.2 Carrera/GT3 LED array turn signals.

That’s it for this week. E-mail me if you have info on these Porsche Cayman-based “2.9 Asia Edition” cars: info@rufregistry.com

05 Jun

AK Ski RUF RT12 gets matte gray wrap

One of the first RT12s I added to the registry belongs to Swiss ski manufacturer Marco Kuonen, founder of AK Ski. Marco’s RT12 is Blood Orange, a classic Porsche color that looks great on the newer cars as well, but he felt like changing things up a bit, so he had the car wrapped in matte gray. It looks like the company that did the job was very thorough, getting the mirrors just about perfectly and the upper and lower rear wing element as well.

Additionally, Marco has informed me that the Guards Red BTR that has been making the rounds in Europe at various shows where RUF has a presence is in fact his car. It is a 1979, but is fitted with a BTR III spec engine producing 420 bhp. I have yet to add this to the registry, but will as soon as I have some more photos of it.

Finally, check out the awesome skis that Marco made to match his RT12. They are finished in a semi-gloss black and have the RUF logo near the tips painted Blood Orange to match the color of his car.

Photos and info courtesy of the owner, Marco Kuonen.

03 Jun

White RUF CTR3 Information

Hello fellow RUF-aholics. I’m looking for more information on the white RUF CTR3 that was on the RUF stand at the Geneva Auto Salon in 2009. This particular car is finished in what appears to be Grand Prix white over green leather with diamond quilting on the seats and door panels. The wheels appear to be finished in gunmetal grey like the Guards Red Chilean CTR3. It also has the fairly uncommon trapezoidal exhaust tips, rather than the quad tips that are seen more often. Most relevant to my interests, it’s right-hand-drive, which means there are only a few places it has likely gone to.

Anyway, here are the photos of the car at the show. These were taken by GT Spirit, so photo credit goes to them.

E-mail me if you know the whereabouts of this car or have any other information on it: info@rufregistry.com