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1997 RUF CTR2

RUF Automobile is delighted to offer for sale on behalf of the current owner this beautiful, left hand drive, genuine ‘W09’ VIN RUF CTR2.

Afficionados of RUF will know that the company is in a unique position to source body shells directly from Porsche and then create its own individual interpretation of a highly capable sports car. All RUF-manufactured cars come with a VIN that starts ‘W09’ since the company is recognised as a manufacturer in its own right by the German authorities.

The CTR2 is the evolution of the legendary CTR ‘Yellow Bird’ and only sixteen RUF CTR 2 models were built between 1995 and 1997. The CTR moniker is derived from ‘Group C, Turbo, Ruf’. The 3.6 litre powerplant in the CTR2 is actually based on the engine used in the Porsche 962 Le Mans Group C car

Capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds and hitting a top speed in excess of 220 MPH (354 km/h), the CTR2 was one of the fastest production supercars in the world, capable of out-running Ferrari’s F50 (193 mph), Jaguar’s XJ220 (213 mph), and performing on par with Nissan’s R390 GT1 (220 mph).

The one million dollar McLaren F1 was the only other production car at the time which was later found to have performed better under testing, by 1998, making the RUF CTR2 the second fastest production car of the day.  (more…)

1986 Gemballa Avalanche

Remember the 80’s? Shoulder pads, footballer mullet hair-do’s, Don Johnson sleeves, Dallas, Wham, leggings and Yuppies of course.  If you liked cars, however, you might struggle to pick a favourite from the era of the ‘wedge look’ (Google TR7). Nonetheless the best hot hatch of all time, the Golf GTi (okay and the 205 GTi), was born back then along with the Ferrari F40. So some salvation at least from the acknowledged decade of excess.

Individualism was also high on the agenda in the car world of the 1980’s and the likes of TVR, Morgan, Marcos and Lotus enjoyed a level of editorial exposure that typically McLaren, Lamborghini, Porsche and Ferrari enjoy today. Different times indeed.

Of course car design is a very subjective thing. The traditional, conservative path tends to be trodden by the mainstream guys because, well, that’s the market they target in order to sell the most cars.

So how does individualist design stack up in the twenty teens? That can be answered in a heartbeat. In order to survive in the long term, no company can afford to be too adventurous because the numbers have to add up. Keep it safe, in other words.

The likes of Trevor Wilkinson and Colin Chapman would have a very big hill to climb these days so therefore all credit to the likes of Horacio Pagani and those designers that stretch our imaginations much further than our conformist world would prefer.

Uwe Gemballa was a car designer of his time and fortunately there are still a few of his sensational designs around 30-plus years later today. This 1986 Gemballa Avalanche is a superb example that is available to purchase right now.

Finished in Pearlescent White with a Black Leather interior this super-rare, left hand drive Gemballa Avalanche was first registered in the UK in April 2018 and was originally supplied brand new to a dealer in Puerto Rico, USA in 1986.

The Porsche 930 Turbo may well have been one of the fastest and most highly regarded sports cars of the 1980’s but a market for specialist tuners emerged during that time with RUF and Gemballa quickly making a name for themselves. Gemballa was founded in 1981 by Uwe Gemballa, an engineer who started out creating bespoke interiors before developing a strong interest in aerodynamics and associated aftermarket products. Gemballa soon turned his attention to producing complete cars based on Porsche 930’s and quickly gained a reputation for outrageous designs combined with wild performance.

The Avalanche debuted in 1985 with a price tag of 390,000 DM (nearly $700,000 in 1989) and quickly became the wheels of choice for some very high-profile celebrities such as the rap-musician Vanilla Ice who immortalised the car in the lyrics of one of his songs – “Of course a Vanilla rides the groove like a Gemballa Porsche”.

Each Avalanche was created by Gemballa with mostly bespoke body panels plus individual interiors filled with the latest technology for the time. Mechanical upgrades were completed by RUF with the cars being finished off by Gemballa to specific customer requirements.  (more…)

1986 RUF Porsche 930 Flatnose BTR

Finished in Guards Red with a Black Leather interior this left hand drive 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo Flatnose was first registered in the UK in April 1989 and originally supplied through Porsche in the Netherlands it was well optioned from new, the most obvious of course being its distinctive body shape. This vehicle started life as a genuine factory Slantnose, Flatnose or ‘Flachbau’.

As if a 911 Turbo Flatnose didn’t stand out from the crowd enough, early in the car’s life it was sent to world-renowned Porsche tuners RUF Automobile GmbH, who are the only recognised partner of Porsche and, in fact, are recognised by the German government as a manufacturer in their own right. The customer opted for a BTR conversion (B = Group B, T = Turbo, R = RUF).

The basics of the RUF BTR start with the engine, which had the original partially-finned cylinder barrels replaced by those with air-cooling fins around their complete diameter. The bore was increased giving a new displacement of 3.4 litres from the original 3.3 litres. RUF added unique Mahle Pistons plus connecting rods and 935 type camshafts. The intake manifold was replaced, as was the exhaust, A larger KKK K27 unit replaced the turbo, and a larger free-flowing intercooler was added along with the installation of a larger oil cooler behind the RUF front spoiler.

RUF also went to great lengths to modify the standard Porsche 930 4-speed transmission by adding a 5th gear with the help of Getrag. Next, the shift linkage was improved, becoming both lighter and more positive than the stock unit. The cars were lowered and the suspension was stiffened, RUF also fitted their single-piece forged alloy wheels, sized 9×17 and 10×17.  (more…)

2013 RUF RtR 'Narrow Body'

RUF Automobile is delighted to offer for sale this extremely rare, right hand drive RUF RtR which is the first of its type to be available in the United Kingdom.

Afficionados of RUF will know that the company is in a unique position to source body shells directly from Porsche and then create its own individual interpretation of a highly capable sports car. All RUF-manufactured cars come with a VIN that starts ‘W09’ since the company is recognised as a manufacturer in its own right by the German authorities.

This Canary Yellow RtR was built in Pfaffenhausen in 2013 and has since recorded only 600 miles since new having mainly been used for shows such as the Geneva Auto Salon and as a press demonstrator by RUF Automobile.

This particular example is rear wheel drive and fitted with a RUF-built 645 hp twin-turbocharged 3.8 litre flat-six boxer engine which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.  (more…)

Finished in Solid Black (Special Colour) with Black Leather and Alcantara interior this very rare, privately-owned, right hand drive, 2007 RT12 650S has recorded 85000 kilometres and comes with the following specification:-

Red Stitching, 6 speed manual transmission, Rear wheel drive, Integrated roll cage, Special Carbon interior, Diamond stitches in door panel, 2 Seats, Carbon side mirror housing, Carbon air cleaner box, Black painted wheels, Red RUF logo on wheel centre cap, Oval type tailpipes, Japanese navigation system.

This car is now SOLD! 

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

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Finished in Sherwood Green Metallic with Sherwood Green/RUF Green Contrast Leather interior this privately-owned, left hand drive, December 1997 CTR2 has recorded 37000 kilometres and comes with the following specification:-

3.6 litre, 6-cylinder Bi-Turbo Engine, 520 hp, 685 Nm @ 4500 1/min, 6-speed Manual Transmission, Long Gear Ratio, AWD, Sport Seats made of Kevlar-carbon with Leather, Integrated Roll-cage, Automatic Climate Control, Blaupunkt CD-Player with 10 speakers. Images available upon request.

Sorry – this car is now SOLD!

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

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Finished in Arctic Silver Metallic with Black Leather/Alcantara (Speed Yellow Stitching) interior this privately-owned left hand drive 2008 RUF-converted 997 Turbo has recorded 22000 kilometres and comes with the following massive specification:-

  • Engine: RUF RT12, 3.8 litre engine conversion, 728hp at 7100 rpm and 902 Nm at 4000 rpm
  • Suspension: Bilstein suspension, Springs, blue diameter 60mm race springs, Stiff suspension subframe rear axle, Adaption front axle supporting mount for race springs for 4-wheel drive, RS supporting mount rear shocks, Wishbone bottom Cup/RSR partly front and rear/tie rod rear axle Cup, Axle shaft spacers front axle, Control arms rear RSR
  • Brakes: Porsche PCCB yellow brake callipers, Manthey Motors, Steel discs, piston callipers with Ø380 mm perforated disc Rear, four piston calipers with Ø350 mm perforated disc, Manthey cooling/brake air kit
  • Other RUF Features: RUF IRC, Integrated roller cage with strut brace, covered with black alcantara/leather,  RUF Rt12 front spoiler, Rear Lid/Spoiler 997 GT2, Steering wheel in alcantara with stitches in speed yellow, RUF 20” Alloy wheels with Michelin PS2 tyres – Front axle 235/35ZR20 / Rear axle 325/30ZR20 N0, RUF pedal set incl. foot rest, Schroth six point seatbelts, black/yellow
  • Porsche 997 Turbo Equipment: Automatically dimming interior and exterior mirror, Axle-differential lock rear, Belt outlet B-pillars carbon, Bi-Xenon lighting system, Carbon package switch panel, Door finishers in carbon, Floor mats, Footrest in sports look, Gear lever and handbrake lever Alcantara, Gear lever trim leather, Instrument dials in Speed Yellow, Lid of storage bin in Alcantara with Porsche logo, Loudspeaker finishers on doors and rear in leather, Outer door-sill guards in carbon – illuminated, Park assist (Parking aid rear, PCM package leather, Porsche Communication Management incl. extended navigation, Vehicle Tracking System, Rear section of centre console in carbon, Red tail lights, Seat belts in Speed Yellow, Side skirts in exterior color, Sport Chrono Package Turbo, Sport Shifter, Steering column casing leather, Telephone module, Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPM), Windscreen with grey top tint, GT2 carbon lightweight bucket seats, Seat inlays front seats alcantara, Stitching centre console – speed yellow, Stitching dashboard – speed yellow, Stitching doors – speed yellow, Stitching rear side panels – speed yellow, Stitching seats – speed yellow.

This car is now SOLD!

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

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