16 Aug

Weekly Roundup 08/16/15 – a Porsche 996 RUF RTurbo conversion, a Porsche 930 Slantnose RUF BTR conversion and a RUF RCT EVO

Added a more eclectic mix of cars this past week. Old and new represented, RUF VIN and conversion cars, and Tiptronic and manual gearboxes as well.

2002 Porsche RTurbo 550 Conversion: I don’t know how many tiptronic RTurbos there are out there, but I would imagine it probably makes a great city car and probably launches pretty hard with the automatic transmission giving you the ability to build turbo boost from a dead stop by power braking and then let the breaks go with the power ready to come in. This car doesn’t seem to have any other modifications done to it besides the engine work, definitely makes for a good sleeper.

Porsche 930 Turbo Slantnose RUF BTR III Conversion: I’ve been looking for more details on this since I first came across it on a Japanese car blog. It looks to be a very late Porsche 930 Turbo with a BTR III conversion. It seems to be a very well-kept car with some exclusive options on the interior, the car might even be a 930S. If anyone has further info and photos on this vehicle, please get in touch with me.

1992 RUF RCT EVO: This car is/was owned by Pingo on Rennlist. I’m not entirely sure if he still has the car, but when I posted it on our RUF Registry Facebook Fan Page, longtime RUF owner and RUF Registry fan Egil Koch who owns a black Porsche 996 RUF RKompressor Conversion mentioned that he owned the car previously and added VIN info to help complete the car’s registry profile. I don’t know the current whereabouts of the car or if Pingo still owns it, reach out to me if you have more info.

That’s it for this week, if you come across some cool RUFs or own one, please reach out! info@rufregistry.com or on facebook at RUF Registry Facebook Fan Page

11 Aug

Monterey Car Week 2015 – RUF Registry Porsche picks

Since this was such a popular post last year, I’m going to do one this year. Many of us are choosing to forego Monterey Car Week for Porsche Rennsport Reunion this year, but it’s not like Monterey is going to be any less significant or have any shortage of awesome cars passing through its auctions.

You guys liked last year’s picks, especially the Daytona-winning Kremer 962. This year, there are quite a few tuned Porsches including more RUFs and RUF conversions as well. My personal opinion is that since the Porsche market is basically on fire, everything factory-stock is top-of-mind and has sort of gotten into a rhythm as far as prices rising, but the tuner cars are now just being “discovered” by the auctions and there are opportunities to be had for both buyers and sellers. Furthermore, the price trackers on Hagerty and other sites do not clearly delineate the tuner stuff from the stock, with RUF and especially RUF-VIN cars being a prime example of something that can throw the numbers off if you don’t know what you’re looking at. Many think that there should be a discount from a 100% bone stock car given identical mileage and spec, but this isn’t necessarily the case and there are divergent opinions on whether for instance a Porsche 930 Turbo factory slantnose cabriolet is worth more or less money than a RUF BTR factory slantnose cabriolet and then depending on what your opinion is on that, where does a Porsche 930 Turbo slantnose cabriolet WITH RUF BTR conversion fall? And then there’s the whole slantnose vs. standard fender debate and on and on. I digress, let’s get to the cars!

Mecum Monterey 2015: Mecum has definitely jumped in the deep-end when it comes to offering tuner Porsches. They’ve got a few cars running through every day and a very special CTR2 on Saturday. Auction coverage will be broadcast on NBCSN, and I always love filling up the DVR with their auctions and then spending the following week going through it a couple hours a day after work. The broadcast team is definitely more well-versed in the muscle car stuff and often get the details horribly wrong on the Porsches, or try to annunciate everything they say and end up sounding totally clueless, but it’s still fun to watch and the coverage is pretty good on the nicer cars.

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S RUF CTR2: This car has evaded me for quite some time now. I don’t know the full history on it, but it spent some time in Puerto Rico, has been in the states for a while and there are also some fairly recent photos from a few years back of the car getting serviced at the factory. To my knowledge, this is the only CTR2 to feature a unique, 911 Turbo S rear spoiler instead of the standard RUF unit. As such, the intercooler placement is also different. The standard CTR2 has intercoolers that are at a fairly acute angle to the ground and get fed by the mail slot vent at the leading edge of the rear wing, the configuration on this car more closely resembles the original 911 Carrera 3.2-based CTR with the intercoolers standing perpendicular to the ground. This car also does not have the unique RUF airbox either, opting to go with a standard Porsche airbox that has had the cover cut open. The original piece just has a small snorkel that connects to a hole in the intercooler frame to pull air from the grille on the wing. On the interior, it’s tough to spot, but it looks like this car may have the EKS clutchless shifting installed. It is not mentioned in the description, but the one photo showing the period airbag steering wheel also reveals that there may only be a gas and brake pedal. The next picture in line is a nice shot of the cabin and you can clearly see the passenger floorboard, but the driver’s side has a dark shadow over it. Finally, the auction description shows a Porsche VIN, not a RUF VIN which starts with “W09″. The estimate is $325,000 to $350,000 with no mention of mileage. It will be interesting to see where this sells in relation to what a similar-mileage Porsche 993 Turbo S is worth. Obviously taking this back to stock, even if restored to a high level, would probably never bring the same kind of money as an untouched car, but if bidding stalls out low enough it begs the question: Is it worth more as a RUF or a Porsche?

1985 Porsche RUF 935 Widebody: I’m trying to reconcile the poor description with the photos. I think the auction description here is either taking a lot of liberties or written by someone who’s unfamiliar with Porsches. This seems like a relatively early, low miles, well-kept BTR conversion, but it’s not equipped with a RUF intercooler. The DP front spoiler with oil cooler was a typical RUF add-on in period, so that’s correct. The interior has the “dial-a-death” boot knob just under the ashtray and appears to have a boost gauge with tell-tale, although there isn’t a close enough photo showing the gauges to be RUF or just the standard Porsche. In conclusion, this appears to be a pretty well-kept car with some odd details that are either wrong in the description or missing on the car. Could be an opportunity for someone to get a good deal. $150,000 to $200,000 estimate feels like all the money in the world for a stock, very well-represented later car with the same kind of mileage, let alone a RUF BTR.

1986 Kremer 935 K2: What?! A Kremer on the RUF Registry? Amir, have you lost your mind? Well, yeah…maybe a little bit. Actually, like I said before, the Kremer 962 from last year was one of the most popular cars, so when I saw this, I knew I had to include it. I’m still digging up some more history on Kremer and other tuners like Gemballa and DP. Kremer of course had the racing history and involvement to fall back on. They did a lot of the aero development on the 935 racecars and I personally believe are a big part of the 935′s prolonged history as a winning sports racer and endurance champion. The other red Kremer 935 and the gulf blue and orange DP car are cool, but neither of those really struck me the way this car did. I can’t speak to the mechanical details, but would say that 462hp from some cams and an intercooler seems a little risky to me and perhaps a little ambitious. The condition of the car appears to reflect the advertised mileage and it’s the other touches that really bring out the awesome in the car. The best part of this car has got to be the exterior, the BBS wheel fans finished in a bright contrasting white to the cars red paint and the testarossa-style strakes in the side really exude that cool ’80s vibe. The upholstered rollbar with PORSCHE KREMER branded seatbelts inside and polished fullbay intercooler in the engine compartment are nice finishing touches on a wild car. The only thing I’d be weary of is a lot of these cars ended up having issues with the composite panels forming cracks where they are bonded to the original metal Porsche body parts. I’m not sure how or where to look, but given the low miles and the fact that it’s been kept inside at a steady temperature, I don’t think it’ll be an issue with this car. The description says “Call for Estimate.” I’d be curious what kind of numbers they are hoping for, if anyone has inquired, please reach out info@rufregistry.com

1988 Porsche 930 Turbo Slantnose Targa: Talk about rare. People who don’t know much about Porsches always ask me how many Slantnoses they made or how many Turbo Targas they made. The best answer to all these questions is always “However many they had demand for and people were willing to pay for.” It was a different time in the ’80s. If you had money you could pretty much have Porsche build you whatever configuration of car you liked based on current offerings. Now with all the requirements to keep variations to a minimum to meet as much world demand as possible with the least amount of financial outlay, these cars will probably never happen again. What I like about pairing the Slantnose with the Targa is that both of those on their own deviate pretty aggressively from the classic 911 coupe profile, let alone together. They have an uncanny ability to work with each other very well with the wedge shape of the slantnose complimenting the “triangled off” rear glass of the Targa. I like this car. It wouldn’t be my recommendation to someone who wanted to get into Porsches, but for someone with an early 911 coupe, a 993 Turbo and maybe a 997 GT3, this is the perfect addition to a collection and makes a great weekend getaway car. Given the miles and rarity, it’ll be worth a pretty penny, $190,000 to $225,000 feels a little rich though for something this oddball. With that said, I’d love to eat my words.

1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe: I wish I knew more about all the different intricacies of the early 356s. I know the later ones well enough and the Speedsters as well, but these Pre-A cars are real foreign to me. The orange Continental from last year’s Monterey car picks caught my attention because of the color and this one’s no different. Yes, it is just black on the outside, but what’s that on the top? A factory sunroof in a cool beige canvas complimented nicely by the whitewall tires and hubcap wheels. But it’s the interior that really grabbed me. I absolutely adore the green leather with beige carpets and beige finishings on a polished black dash. The leather compliments the green gauge markings perfectly and it’s all tied together with that almost white steering wheel. This car exudes style and elegance with that classic Porsche sportiness that no other brand or car can touch.

Gooding & Co. always has a great grouping of cars, and probably does the best job of finding vehicles that aren’t just rare or valuable, but have something interesting or unique about them. Whether it’s an intereting color combo, set of options or ownership lineage, all their lots seem to be “must watch” and since they broadcast the auction live on their website, you can watch auctioneer Charlie Ross work the room with his funny bravado.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR: I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one. My favorite color is green and it’s an original 2.8 RSR that was delivered in this Viper Green. It looks like it has a very light amount of patina and presents very well. Maintained by Brunn in Germany with all kinds of cool provenance. If I had a million bucks burning a hole in my pocket, I would buy this car this weekend and then race it at Rennsport Reunion next month!

1996 Porsche 993 Turbo Jeff Zwart Pikes Peak Racecar: I remember having a poster of this car that was given to me by a Porsche dealer at the time. It featured the car on Pikes Peak with the sky behind it, although it was wearing its standard Turbo Twist wheels in the photo. Cool to see how well kept it is and even cooler that Zwart followed up this car with a number of turbocharged Porsche roadcars ending with the GT2RS before switching to the 997 Cup Car he raced at last month’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb. I think my favorite detail from the auction photos are the Cup 1 wheels on one side of the car and the Cup 2s on the other. A very subtle detail that not many people will pick up on, but I believe that’s how it was raced and that’s how the consignor wanted it presented.

1982 Porsche 956: 1st overall, 1983 24 hours of Le Mans. Enough Said.

1988 Porsche 959 Komfort: There are a few other 959s for sale in Monterey, but nothing this unique. Ownership history aside and only looking at the car itself, this is truly something else. One of only 3 cars finished in black, a totally awesome caramel brown special interior and my favorite part, practically every single surface you touch is covered in leather. There is no mention of whether the black wheels were part of the Porsche exclusive treatment, but regardless, I like the way they look on this car and would leave them as-is.

RM Auctions Monterey 2015: RM has the crazy Pinnacle Portfolio with a couple of nice Porsches, but neither of them really struck out at me. Porsches aside though, I think it will be the talk of the town and it’s all happening on Thursday. I’m assuming they’re trying to avoid any and all competition. Bonham’s did something similar with the Maranello Rosso Collection last year and the Ferrari 250 GTO that came in way below where speculators (myself included) were estimating. Regardless, RM always has a robust selection of cars, although maybe not as unique or “attainable” as the other auctions.

1967 Porsche 911S Coupe: Tangerine gets me every time (after Viper Green of course). It’s also not very often you see an original short wheelbase car in Tangerine. I don’t think Porsche buyers had quite warmed up to the brighter, more flamboyant colors at the time and it seems to me from a purely observational point of view that these kinds of colors are more prevalent on the long wheelbase cars. This car is finished in Tangerine with a black interior and appears to be presented very well. I actually selected it because it was originally delivered through Culver City, California to its first owner in Granada Hills which is very close to where I grew up in Woodland Hills. To think, if I was around at that time, I may have seen this car zipping around the San Fernando Valley.

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe: Bottom line with this one is that you’re going to pay $1 million and up for a ’73 RS in the same condition and color combo. Yes, the impact bumpers and more pedestrian interior styling don’t have that super iconic style of the original RS, but I think these cars are coming into their own and being appreciated a lot more now for what they are than what you’d “settle for” if you couldn’t get an early car. That and it’s green, so I have to include it, hehe!

1956 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster: Alright, last one for this year, and surprise surprise, it’s another unique 356. It appears from the auction description that this particular car wasn’t born in this color combo, but it looks KILLER in Stone Gray over Red leather. I usually a fan of the standard steel wheels either with or without the hubcaps depending on color and “style” of build, but the Rudge knockoffs have really grown on me since the black car from last year. There might be a deal to be had with this car since it isn’t finished in its as-delivered color combo, but to hell with that. Buy this sucker and drive the wheel off it. When the paint’s sandblasted and the interior’s tired, redo it back up in its original color combo and sell it or drive it back down and redo it in yet another awesome color combo.

Alright, that’s it for this year’s picks. For those of you that are going, have a great time. If you’re going to Rennsport, drop me a line, would be great to meet up at the track. info@rufregistry.com

All photos courtesy of the auction houses.

09 Aug

Weekly Roundup 08/09/15 – A RUF 3400K Cayman prototype, Porsche 997 Carrera S RKompressor Conversion and an infamous 1995 993 BTR

Had a good mix of cars this week with multiple generations of 911 represented and a great 3400K Cayman that gets out and mixes it up with the big boys.

“Azzurro Santa Barbara” RUF 3400K Cayman: I’ll start off by saying that I’ve seen this car in person before and the color is awesome. I was at the Monterey Historics in 2009 when Porsche was the featured marque and it was parked on the hard, tan-colored dirt section on the infield of Laguna Seca and it just popped amongst all the various grays, guards red, black and white cars that were also around. You could tell the car definitely got out and wasn’t afraid to get scrappy because the front end had a little gash down at the lowest part of the bumper on the passenger side. Many people who have driven the Cayman say the chassis has better balance than a 911s, but is kept underpowered to not overshadow its bigger brother. If that’s true, then the RUF 3400K is pretty much the perfect formula. This car was submitted by its owner, Dr. Joe C. and he appears to have been the first Cayman 3400K customer that RUF had. According to him the car is prototype 02/02 purchased new at Porsche in Germany and delivered to RUF in Pfaffenhausen for full conversion to Cayman 3400K in June of 2006 where it was also repainted to its current awesome color, “Azzurro Santa Barbara”.

Porsche 997 Carrera S RKompressor Conversion: A pretty comprehensive RKompressor conversion, this car resides on the east coast of the United States. Its current owner has added some tasteful modifications like the Champion Motorsport wheels and some light engine enhancements to bring out some more performance from the RKompressor. I especially like the LED front turn signals and rear taillights as they’re the only thing that really dates the 997.1 911s and are easily reversible if you ever have to sell the car.

Silver 1995 RUF BTR: Last but not least, the infamous Car & Driver Magazine text car that was featured in the May 1997 issue of the magazine. It has been through a few owners and there’s quite a bit of history on this car in various corners of the internet. I’m still working on filling out the complete history of the car, but know of a couple of other previous owners and will populate the registry description with its history when I have some time to contact the previous owners and sort through the details.

That’s it for now. As always, if you come across any RUFs, please submit them through the SUBMIT A RUF link or email me with the details at info@rufregistry.com

01 Aug

Weekly Roundup 08/01/15 – Three BTRs, two RUF VINs and one Porsche 930 Turbo conversion

First weekly roundup in nearly a year! Work and life got in the way and I had to step back from updating the registry for a while, but getting back on the horse now and will be updating fairly regularly from here on out.

ex-Marilyn Beddor RUF BTR converted to Twinturbo: I’ve had a few different people submit this car in the past and finally got around to adding it to the registry. It’s an interesting car if only because it appears to have started off as a very nice and comprehensive BTR, but was converted to twinturbo afterward. The Beddor family were good customers of RUF in the past with Steve Beddor campaigning a CTR2 in everything from road racing to Pikes Peak hillclimbs. Steve seems to have moved on from RUF and motorsports, selling his CTR2 a while back. It has an interesting engine management system with a bizarre control box sitting on top the passenger side rear seatback which has been folded down. On the other rear seat is a fire suppression system retardant tank. Everything else looks like fairly standard BTR with a very period white and black interior with period Recaro seats and racing harnesses.

RUF BTR No. 009: This is the earliest BTR that has been submitted to the registry. I had my eye on it on mobile.de a while ago when it was being represented by a dealer in Germany in pretty rough condition. The person who submitted it didn’t divulge too much information about who they are, “MB Racing” in Italy and submitted the picture that was posted to our social media channels. I think this car may have slipped under the radar since it was in well-used condition judging by the photos. These early BTRs are much lighter than the later cars and perform very aggressively as well. The color on thi car is fairly unique as well, you don’t see that many linen metallic cars in general, much less a RUF. It is silver with just a touch of champagne giving it a warm hue.

Porsche 930 Turbo cabriolet RUF BTR III conversion: Last car from this week is a late ’80s conversion that comes up for sale from time to time. Last I saw it, it was being represented by Top Gear Imports who are fairly avid Porsche sellers on eBay for around $130,000. According to a RUF Registry fan on facebook, the car also popped up after it was at Top Gear for $225,000, and I will add to the story on the car’s registry profile page when I get more info. With that said, it was submitted by its current owner/caretaker, Paul W. If you are interested in purchasing the vehicle, e-mail me and I’ll put you in touch.

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 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


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