1998 Ruf Turbo R Limited Coupe / W09BD0360WPR06036 Chassis Information

1998 Ruf Turbo R Limited photograph

1998 Ruf Turbo R Limited photograph

1998 Ruf Turbo R Limited1998 Ruf Turbo R Limited
Coupe
Chassis #: W09BD0360WPR06036
Sold for $912,500 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
Ruf Automobile GmbH was founded in 1939 in Pfaffenhausen, Germany as 'Auto Ruf' by Alois Ruf Sr. It began as a service garage that later expanded into a full-service gas station in 1949. In the late 1940s, RUF began experimenting with vehicle design of their own, and in 1955 designed and built a tour bus. The popularity and good fortune led Ruf to expand the business even further by starting his own separately owned bus company.

Alois Ruf Jr. had a passion for Porsches and after his father's death in 1974, he took over the business and focused his attention on Porsches. In 1975, the first Ruf-enhanced Porsche was introduced to the automotive community. Their first complete model followed in 1977 - a modified Porsche 930 powered by an enlarged 3.3-liter engine. In 1978, Ruf's first complete non-turbo Porsche was built - the 911 SCR. By 1988, the cars had gained approval from the NHTSA and EPA and the cars could legally be offered in the United States.

RUF Automobiles receives bodies-in-white from Porsche, meaning they have not yet been assigned a factory VIN. RUF applies their own identification numbers, unique design features, and mechanical modifications to the vehicles. Additionally, RUF converts factory-built, client owned Porsches per request.

The RUF CTR was introduced in 1987 and its popularity and notoriety flourished after a special competition staged by Road & Track magazine at Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany. The challenge was to find the 'fastest car in the world,' and the RUF achieved a maximum speed of 211 mph. This top speed bested the Porsche 959, Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Countach and Diablo, and various other notorious supers of the era. The bright yellow RUF CTR was given the nickname 'Yellow Bird' by the Road & Track photographer John Lamm.

In 1988, RUF upped the top speed even further, achieved 213 mph, and was soon followed by a newer version that set a 217 mph speed, a record that remained until 1998. This pedigree and astonishing impressive manufacturing has continually evolved over the years, culminating with the late design, the CTR4, which was introduced in 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The RUF Turbo R Limited was based on the Type 993 Turbo, which had a stock output of 408 horsepower. Seven 993 Turbo bodies-in-white were purchased by RUF from the factory before the original tooling was destroyed and put them aside for future development. Each of the seven air-cooled street-legal machines were unique and built to the specification of its purchaser.

This particular example was the first of that series. It was delivered to its American owner in late 2017 after being featured on the December 2017 issue of Excellence. The car is finished in Irish Green with a black leather and Alcantara interior. It was the first 'Limited' to be fitted with full carbon-fiber bodywork, and had a 2,950 lb overall weight. It came equipped with a RUF-modified air-cooled and twin-turbocharged/intercooled boxer six cylinder engine offering 620 horsepower and 553 foot-pounds of torque.

The RUF bodywork included special front and rear fascias with vents ahead and behind of the wheels, and a fixed rear wing to reduce lift. Inside, there were a pair of leather and Alcantara-trimmed carbon fiber bucket seats, lightweight door cards, and extensive carbon fiber trim. There is a fully integrated roll cage to enhance the occupant's safety. Amenities include air conditioning, an entertainment system, and electric windows.

The suspension was modified with GT2 rear bushings, stiffer engine-cradle components, and large 15-inch ventilated and cross-drilled with six-piston calipers. In the back were 13.8 inch slotted and ventilated discs with four-piston calipers. At all four corners were light-alloy wheels and 19-inch Michelin tires.

Currently, this RUF has 140 miles on its odometer.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2019

2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$700,000-$900,000 
Sale Price :
$912,500

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1998 sales)
1998 RUF Porsche 993 Turbo R
Chassis#: W09BD0360WPR06019
Sold for $626,500
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
 
1998 RUF Turbo R Limited
Chassis#: W09BD0360WPR06036
Sold for $912,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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