Ruf Ruf Ruf

13 Dec

A decent example of a very rare car – and one that really got RUF GmbH serious worldwide attention – the original CTR.

This is an ’89, 964 chassis, and #7 made (of I believe 29 total). Exterior looks really nice, interior is a bit tattered, but could be cleaned to near perfect pretty easily. Not a fan of the brown color. For some reason, it seems many 964 buyers bought tan interiors. I almost never see the all black ones.

RUF cars are unique in that they are actually considered a builder, not merely a tuner. Take a look at the build tag with the VIN # and you’ll see what I mean.

Many Porsche-philes might remember that article from Road and Track about the “Yellowbird” – this is the same car, just in white.

CTR’s were based off the 3.2 Carrera engine, which was bored to deliver 3.4 liters of displacement. This gave the car much better torque and area under the curve vs Porsche’s 3.0 factory turbo engine. It was mated to the now well known G50 5 speed transmission (older 911/930 turbo’s were 4 speeds) which RUF had built to their specs. The car also went on a major dose of Slim Fast, with RUF remolding all the factory body pieces in aluminum. These things were absolute animals. 2550 lbs, 469 hp, 441 ft/lbs of torque = hold on and grab the oh shit handles.

Ever wonder why guys of our generation are seemingly mesmerized by stats around the Nurburgring – it’s because of the CTR.

In recent years, Porsche has made their turbo much more of a gentlemans GT than the wild beast it once was. The air cooled versions were often referred to as widow-makers. Modern Turbo’s are still blazingly fast, but it’s much more refined – some would say to a fault.

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