Archive for the ‘Classic Cars’ Category

1995 RUF BTR2

Posted: October 6, 2021 by The Car Spy in Classic Cars, For Sale, Porsche, Pre-owned, RUF

Shortly after the introduction of the 993 Carrera in 1994, RUF Automobile GmbH introduced the 993-based BTR2, with a 3.6 litre turbocharged engine, fixed rear spoiler plus a distinctive RUF-designed front bumper which included two extra air inlets. Based on the Carrera engine, the air-cooled, K27 turbocharged RUF powerplant generated 420 hp at only 5000 rpm and a maximum torque of 425 lb/ft was available at 4800 rpm.

The BTR2 took on the mantle of the original 964-based BTR (Gruppe B Turbo Ruf) which had been produced between 1983 and 1989. In total no more than 18 BTR2’s were built by the factory in Pfaffenhausen and only three of those were produced in right hand drive form.
The BTR2 was based on a 993 Carrera 2 bodyshell in white supplied by Porsche and RUF went about building a turbocharged 993 before Porsche launched their own official Turbo model in 1995. As a point of interest the BTR2 produced 420hp while the Porsche 911 Turbo lagged behind at 402hp. In addition, since the BTR2 was based on a C2 bodyshell it carried less weight than the 911 Turbo so another tick in the box for the RUF.

Manufactured in 1995, this particular BTR2 (car no.6) is a very rare, UK-registered, right hand drive example (one of only three built by RUF) finished in Aventurine Green with a Silver Grey leather interior and was imported and registered in the UK in November 2015. Like all ‘W09’ RUF’s this car was originally supplied by the RUF factory in Pfaffenhausen and built to the owner’s exact specification.

The car has covered a total of 48,000 kilometres (30,000 miles) and comes with a comprehensive history file that tracks the car’s life from its delivery to its first owner in Singapore up to the present day.

During the past 12 months the car has undergone a major restoration of its bodywork which included a glass-out, bare-metal re-spray in its original factory-painted Aventurine Green plus a mechanical re-commissioning which included a major service and fresh MOT. The car is therefore now ready for its new owner to drive and enjoy immediately.

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1979 RUF BTR Porsche 930 Turbo

Posted: October 3, 2021 by The Car Spy in Classic Cars, For Sale, General, Porsche, Pre-owned, RUF

RUF Automobile UK is very pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the current owner this early left hand drive RUF BTR with a 3.3 Turbo engine which is believed to be one of between 70 and 80 examples bearing a Porsche VIN (there are a further 20-30 cars with RUF’s factory ‘W09’ VIN).

​First registered in 1979 and showing 147947 kms on the odometer, this Porsche 911 930 Turbo was significantly upgraded to BTR spec (estimated 1985) using original RUF parts. The plaque on the glovebox indicates the conversion was completed by the authorised Japanese RUF importer, Ishida Engineering. The RUF factory in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, has supplied a recent letter confirming the originality of all RUF parts and modifications.

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This very rare, genuine, right hand drive MB 220SE convertible was registered in the UK on the 29th September 1965 is being offered for sale on behalf of the current owner who lives in Thailand.

Finished in very attractive metallic silver/blue paintwork with contrasting dark blue leather interior the car presents itself very well and wears an appealing patina of age combined with some tastefully restored and updated fittings. The car was originally a maroon colour but is recorded as being re-painted in 2000.

The chrome finishings are free of any serious corrosion with just minor localised pitting in some areas.

The blue leather interior and black hood appear to have been re-commissioned at some stage in the car’s life but since there is no service history available with the car it is difficult to determine exactly when the work might have been done. However, the condition of those items is very good including the blue tonneau cover for the hood when folded.

The odometer is currently showing 45948 miles and the mot history indicates that in 2007 the car had done 41258 miles, suggesting that only very light use has been made of the car during the past 12 years of its life. The next MOT is not due until July 2020.

The engine starts without fuss and idles very smoothly whilst the suspension shows no signs of sagging or lack of support on all four corners.

Although this 220SE does not present itself in concours condition it is both a perfectly usable, solid classic and an ideal base for a long-term project to turn it into a show-winning example.

Genuine 220SE convertibles are very hard to come by since there are many coupes that have been modified to soft-top versions. In addition this an original UK-registered, right hand drive model which adds even more rarity value to the car.

THIS CAR IS NOW SOLD!

Old-School Cool: 1999 Volvo V70R AWD

Posted: January 19, 2020 by The Car Spy in Classic Cars, For Sale, Volvo
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The Car Spy does like a Q-car or a so-called ‘sleeper’. Something that looks like it couldn’t peel the skin off a rice pudding but has a discreet morsel of pumped muscle hiding under those family-friendly looks. Enter the Volvo V70R from the 90’s.

Much-loved by antique dealers for its ability to carry the entire contents of a stately-home, the ‘First Generation’ V70 had a somewhat conservative image. However, when Volvo stuck the turbo-charged 2.3 litre engine and an ‘R’ badge on the tailgate the Old Bill and British Touring Car drivers just couldn’t get enough of them. This was a high-performance family estate sporting an old man’s cloth cap. Sleepers didn’t come much better than this.

Phrases like ‘modern classics’ and ‘collectable cars’ are not normally associated with the Volvo brand, although, to be fair, original Amazons and P1800’s have their place in automotive history but the V70R from the 90’s onwards deserves to be taken seriously.

The good news is that if you are in the market for one you don’t need particularly deep pockets. There are normally several on offer in the classifieds for no more than £10k which is less than the annual depreciation on a brand new car from Geely-owned Volvo today.

Cars like the V70R are cool because only real car enthusiasts will appreciate and respect the historical capabilities of a car like this. Even car-mad JK (Jamiroquai) has had one in his impressive collection of desirable cars. And today, 250 BHP, 150 mph and a 0-60 time of just over 7 seconds is not too shabby for a car designed and built when Wham! were at No.1 in the charts.

We found this Laser Blue Metallic example on sale with only 95k miles on the clock at what appears to be a very reasonable £7990. Likely depreciation? Zero and if anything, likely to appreciate, we would bet on it.

Full details on the advertising dealer’s website are as follows: https://www.quickandbig.com/volvo-v70r-awd-1999

So values of classic Fords are on the rise at auctions and deservedly so, we think. Any petrolhead who can remember the car heroes of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s will know that Ford was the trail-blazer that turned mundane mainstream family cars into the sporting legends we all dreamt of owning one day. Lotus Cortina’s, RS Capri’s, Escort Mexico’s and Sierra Cosworth’s stole the automotive limelight and there didn’t seem to be a single TV cop series without a Ford as the motor of choice for the lead character(s). Cue instant flashback to ‘The Professionals’ and ‘The Sweeney’.

Like most ‘modern classics’, those more desirable examples of the brand have long since departed this world via the scrap-metal crusher or are currently locked away in a secure, climate-controlled storage facility like some precious work of art never to be seen and enjoyed by anyone apart from its owner.

Fortunately, however, the odd, very nice original example of one of those desirable Fords with Nike trainers will make an appearance in the classified ads and this non-modified 1990 Ford Escort Turbo RS Series II definitely caught our eye.

The dealer marketing the car is stating that the very low 44,000 mileage is genuine (backed up by MOT history) and there appears to be service history covering the early years of the car’s life. This Diamond White RS is being advertised at £18,995 which seems very competitive if the car and its mileage are as genuine as claimed. A 1989 Northern Ireland-supplied example with 29,000 miles sold for £27,900 last November at Silverstone Auctions – https://bit.ly/2G3TL9O

The Series II RS Turbo had the revised and uprated 1.6 litre CVH engine which produced 132 BHP, giving the car a top speed back in the day of 125 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 8.3 seconds. Those figures might seem pretty average by today’s standards but thirty years ago they were pretty much class-leading.

It appears that classic sporting-Fords will never be ‘cheap’ again especially since their heritage and impact on their modern equivalents is now being truly appreciated.

Take a look at the car in detail here:- https://bit.ly/2RxGU4W