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

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

30 May

Weekly Roundup 05/30/14

Pretty much all modern stuff in this weekly roundup (first of 2014 I might add!) I posted about a couple of them on our Facebook page,and slipped the last one in quietly.

Guards Red RUF CTR2: I posted this one late last week before our long weekend Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S. I originally thought this car belonged to the prominent Chilean supercar collector who has seemingly one of everything; all the Ferrari supercars, a Pagani Zonda 760RS, a Porsche 959 and a CTR3, with most finished in red.

But now I’m not so sure. I haven’t been able to find any info linking the car to South America and was going off a hunch because it does appear his CTR3 that I have in the registry is for sale via Autosalon Singen. Either way, I’m on it and will report back with more eventually. Check out the 2 period photos with the one current one from the mobile.de ad showing the green interior, which just doesn’t work with the Guards Red…not to mention the rug floormats aren’t doing the car any favors.

Guards Red RUF CTR3: I updated the red CTR3 that I have in the registry with current photos from its for sale page on Autosalon Singen. I have been contacted by another CTR3 owner who has confirmed the existence of two Guards Red CTR3s at this time. One is this particular car, which is/was originally commissioned and owned by the aformentioned Chilean collector. The unique options to this car are the Porsche airbag steering wheel with RUF hornpad and flat bottom, the matte gunmetal grey finished wheels, and finally, it is the only CTR3 I have seen that is not fitted with the perforated grilles that cover the wide slots on the rear clamshell engine cover.

Grand Prix White RUF RT-35 Roadster: As far as I can tell, this is the second open top 991-based RUF, the RUF RT-35 roadster. I quietly slipped this in because I haven’t been able to find any really good photos to credit to someone other than on Autogespot. But, these shots from the Geneva Auto Salon earlier this year from a photographer for AudiPassion will have to do for now. This model is finished in a subdued white with a black convertible top and what appears to be a Sand Beige leather and alcantara interior. Gustav from GT Board has a quick video walk around of the car showing dedication plate 06/35.

29 May

Unwrapping the beast

One of the first RKompressors I added to the registry was this Porsche 997 model Carrera 4S with the 3.8 liter engine. I had created the registry page back in 2012 and forgot about the car, getting pretty much no feedback from any current or previous owner as to what, how or why it ended up with the wrap and other non-RUF modifications. The only thing I could find was the wrap was done as a promotional piece for an enthusiast website, but to me it did not seem all that attention-grabbing or particularly well thought-out.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago and I get an e-mail from one gentleman in Alberta, Canada that he has recently purchased the RKompressor and brought it up north. he stated the car was in very good condition and that one of the first things he has done is take the wrap off, exposing the beautiful black paint underneath. Now with the HRE wheels and GT3 aerokit, it is one of the meanest looking RKompressor conversions out there.