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Gooding & Company to auction RUF automobiles at Amelia Island

Rare RUF automobiles to lead Gooding's 2023 Amelia Island Auction

1998 RUF Turbo R. Photo © Gooding & Company / Brian Henniker

Santa Monica, California: Global market leader and renowned auction house, Gooding & Company, has announced RUF//The Collection consisting of four exceedingly rare RUF automobiles to lead its 2023 Amelia Island Auction this March. This event follows in the footsteps of Gooding & Company’s record-setting 2022 Amelia Island Auction, which became the firm’s most successful sale at the venue to date, and also fittingly set the world record for all RUF automobiles ever sold at auction. This exceptional collection of RUFs, along with the rest of the soon-to-be-announced catalogue, will grace Gooding & Company’s auction stage on Friday, March 3 at the Omni Amelia Island Resort.

BACKGROUND:

The legendary Ruf Automobile GmbH was founded in 1939 by Alois Ruf Sr. as a general and automotive repair workshop. In 1974, Alois Ruf Jr. took over the marque following his father’s passing, and shifted its focus to modifying and building Porsche-based automobiles. In 1981, RUF became an official German automobile manufacturer, with cars built in-house bearing the all-important W09 VIN prefix. Ever since, the family name has become synonymous with some of the finest performing custom-built and modified Porsche-bodied vehicles available worldwide. On offer here, RUF//The Collection exemplifies some of the rarest vehicles to ever leave the RUF factory in Pfaffenhausen, and comes to market from one sophisticated American collector devoted to stewarding the finest Porsches and RUFs ever produced.

“In recent years, collectors have begun to recognize the significance of the RUF marque, particularly the W09-serial numbered cars built in-house in Pfaffenhausen. Not only are these cars extremely rare, but they also exemplify the exceptional attention to detail and engineering excellence that have become synonymous with RUF,” states David Brynan, Gooding & Company Senior Specialist. “We are thrilled to present this fantastic collection at Amelia Island, which consists of four outstanding and highly individualized cars from a knowledgeable private collector.

1998 RUF Turbo R. Photo © Gooding & Company / Brian Henniker

1997 RUF BTR2:

The first model to ever be produced with a RUF serial number was the 1983 BTR, based on the G-series Porsche 911. In 1984, Road & Track magazine crowned the BTR the “World’s Fastest Car” due to its top speed of 190 mph and ability to achieve 0-60 mph in a mere 4.7 seconds. Introduced over a decade later in 1994, the BTR2 was the successor to RUF’s first production car, based on the 993-generation Porsche 911. Distinguished by a reworked front bumper, a fixed “whale tail” rear spoiler, and an extra set of rear driving lights, the BTR2 boasted an overhauled engine which pushed 420 hp at a low 5,000 rpm, and achieved 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, beating its predecessor’s speed. Approximately 10 BTR2s are believed to have been constructed by the RUF factory, including this example, finished in Speed Yellow and bearing chassis number 001. This 1997 RUF BTR2 was delivered new to Japan in 1998, then shortly housed in the UK before being purchased by Andy Cohen of Beverly Hills, California, the founder of the well-known Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories company. Mr. Cohen had the BTR2 sent to Pfaffenhausen before export into the US, where the car was converted to US-specification and its engine was fully serviced. The BTR2 passed through one other private collection before joining the consignor’s fleet, and comes to auction in outstanding condition, showing less than 26,000 miles.

1998 RUF Turbo R. Photo © Gooding & Company / Brian Henniker

2007 RUF RK COUPE:

Combining the very best of German engineering with Italian styling and refinement, the RK Coupe was born out of RUF’s collaboration with design house Studiotorino, signifying the only time the Pfaffenhausen manufacturer has ever turned to an external coachbuilder to body a car. The RK Coupe, which stands for “RUF KOMPRESSOR,” is an iteration of the RK Spyder, and is based on the Porsche Cayman modified with a compressor engine and mechanical turbo charger that produces 440 bhp. Initially intended for a production run of 49 cars in total, only two RK Coupes were ever actually built: the prototype, housed in the Studiotorino museum in Italy, and this sole production example, on offer here by Gooding & Company. This one-off supercharged W09 RUF has only had two owners since new, and was acquired directly from its first and only German owner by the consignor. Bearing a stylistic homage to vintage Porsches, the 2007 RUF RK Coupe comes finished in Marmograu, a color evoking similar hues to Porsche colors Heron Grey or Dolphin Grey. The interior features black leather upholstery with contrasting red stitching cloaked over lightweight carbon fiber bucket seats. This singular offering has never before been shown and displays just 6,642 miles on the odometer. A collaborative effort like no other, this RK Coupe truly presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for car enthusiasts who appreciate unparalleled German mechanics and sophisticated Italian craftsmanship.

1998 RUF TURBO R:

Introduced in 1998, the RUF Turbo R was based on the 993-generation Porsche 911 Turbo, distinguishing itself with a revised front bumper, more aerodynamic door mirrors, 18″ RUF five-spoke alloy wheels, sport seats, RUF green-hued gauges, and a signature RUF steering wheel. With a powerful six-speed manual transmission coupled with an all-wheel drive, the 1998 RUF Turbo R on offer here is finished in vibrant Porsche factory color Blutorange (POR 18), or Blood Orange, featuring a black leather and fabric interior with lightweight bucket seats and optioned with rear-seat delete. Per documentation on file, this Turbo R is one of approximately just 15 built by RUF, and was delivered new to its first owner, Heinz-Jürgen Hartmann of Reiskirchen, Germany, in 1998. This example was later transferred to Swedish ownership before making its way to its third owner, who returned the car to the RUF factory for an extensive refreshening. This included upgrading the Turbo R to a specification more similar to the even higher-performing Turbo R Limited series from 2016, boasting newer technology and advancements introduced since the late 1990s.

The comprehensive upgrade included installing new OEM headlamps and taillights, as well as adding redesigned CTR2 front and rear bumpers featuring extra venting slats. The original 18″ alloy wheels were replaced with larger 19″ RUF ones, and inside the car, the original seats were recovered, alongside new carpets and a RUF Classic sound system. Mechanical upgrades included a new Bilstein PSS10 adjustable coil-over suspension system and carbon ceramic brakes, while the engine was revised to an elevated 560 PS specification. Presented today in beautiful condition throughout with almost no visible wear and having a provenance of just four owners from new, this example clocks approximately 13,800 miles on the odometer. An incredibly rare offering, this Turbo R strongly evokes the feel of a bygone analog, air-cooled era, but with its recent mechanical and performance upgrades, simultaneously proves to be a solid contemporary to the technologically advanced supercars of today.

1998 RUF TURBO R. Photo © Gooding & Company / Brian Henniker

1998 RUF TURBO R CABRIOLET:

Of the approximately 15 Turbo R vehicles manufactured by RUF, only one was bodied as a Cabriolet, and that sole example is on offer here. In a color combination that matches the collection’s Turbo R, this 1998 RUF Turbo R Cabriolet is finished in Blutorange, or Blood Orange, over black leather, and shows just 10,223 miles on the odometer. Based on the 993-generation Porsche 911, this Turbo R Cabriolet is modified with RUF front facia with vents ahead of the front wheels, RUF-designed 18″ five-spoke alloy wheels, aerodynamic mirrors, sports seats, a RUF steering wheel, and RUF-branded VDO instrumentation. Additionally, this extremely rare and exclusive supercar is powered by a twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that produces 490 hp. To accommodate the Cabriolet’s body, RUF performed extensive chassis engineering during the design and build process. According to its RUF Zertifikat, this sole Cabriolet was commissioned by VIP customer and RUF collector Colonel Mark Haselton of Alpharetta, Georgia; its second owner was esteemed Porsche and RUF collector Brent Martini, who had the car displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in 2021. With a total of just three owners from new, this one-of-one Turbo R Cabriolet exemplifies RUF’s special role in elevating already great Porsches by maximizing their performance and unparalleled, unique driver’s experience.

1998 RUF TURBO R CABRIOLET. Photo © Gooding & Company / Brian Henniker

DETAILS:

Amelia Island Auction
Date: Friday, March 3, at 11:00 AM EST
Location: Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Resort
Public Preview: Thursday, March 2 through Friday, March 3
Auction Catalogues: $75, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auction
General Admission: $30, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auction
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