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For Sale at Auction: 1988 Ruf BTR in Amelia Island, Florida

Vehicle Description

Chassis No. W09TA0348JPR06001
Engine No. BTR34028

A real 'W09' RUF from the 1980s is a rarity - bar none. It's not uncommon to see RUF parts on 3.3-liter Porsche 911 Turbos: Speedline wheels, steering wheels, even floor mats could be bought and separately installed. There's a great reason for that, what's fast is cool, and a RUF is the definition of both. Throughout the 1980s and 90s the fastest cars in the world were built in Pfaffenhausen, Germany and while many could not afford a RUF an older 911 or 930 was the place to accessorize with RUF parts. RUFs from their early era can be split into two camps. The first are so called, 'conversions' a car born with a 'WP0' VIN as a Porsche in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen that eventually, and happily, traveled to RUF in Pfaffenhausen for RUF upgrades and parts. The second, and more desirable RUF is created from a 'body-in-white' and born with a 'W09' RUF VIN. These are the truly special RUF automobiles and those like this 1988 RUF BTR are born without any stories or explanations required.

Built April 1988, this example is accompanied by paperwork confirming its status as an original RUF production car with build specification details. As a BTR (Gruppe B Turbo RUF) it was constructed with a 3.4-liter 374-horsepower (DIN) RUF air-cooled, turbo flat-six. Based on the standard Porsche 3.3-liter 930 engine, RUF's BTR featured increased displacement, twin-plug ignition, turbocharger modifications, a less restrictive RUF specific exhaust system, a larger intercooler, an oil cooler housed in the front valance and a cockpit mounted 'Ladedruck' screw-type boost control knob. With the horsepower increase the BTR notched 186 mph, winning Road & Track's inaugural 'World's Fastest Car' test, besting Porsche's 930 by 28 mph. As is clearly RUF's style, they also went one better with their transmission, offering a 930/5-2, five-speed manual when Porsche only offered four. At that very same test Paul Frere effused praise on the RUF's transmission, 'the RUF-modified gear change is excellent - much better than Porsche's standard arrangement - with shorter travel and needing less effort.'

The heart of a RUF is its powertrain, but those in Pfaffenhausen didn't neglect the rest of this BTR. Optional body modifications included RUF's 'flat front conversion,' emulating a 505 'Slantnose' 930, with modifications to the front fenders and an aerodynamic valance at the front, boxed rockers down the sides, and rear fender intakes. Wheels are staggered RUF design 17-inch Speedlines, nine inches wide at the front, ten at the rear with Bridgestone RE71 tires - similar construction to those found on the Porsche 959. The interior was not without RUF's touch as well with special RUF gauges, Recaro 'Classic' seats, and expected luxury amenities such as power windows, electric sliding sunroof, and air-conditioning.

Amazing stuff, however, most amazing of all today is its high degree of originality. Through time and ownership changes many RUF automobiles have been further personalized and modified, not so for this BTR. Only covering an indicated 7,537 miles at the time of cataloging, it is in astonishingly original condition - even featuring its original Nakamichi tape deck, tool kit, warning triangle, and HEPP medical kit. Firmly in collector car territory, this RUF BTR is a unique specimen, a 1980s supercar faster than anything when released, still satisfyingly fast today, and above all else an original RUF.

Vehicle Details

  • 1988 Ruf BTR
  • Listing ID: CC-1684841
  • Price: Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Amelia Island, Florida
  • Year:1988
  • Make:Ruf
  • Model:BTR
  • Odometer:7537
  • Stock Number:AM23_056
  • VIN:W09TA0348JPR06001
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