Rare RUFs join Silverstone Porsche sale
Two rare RUFs, originally modelled on Porsches, are joining Silverstone Auctions' Porsche-only sale next month
RUF, the German car manufacturer famous for modelling its vehicles on Porsches, will have two of its cars at Silverstone Auctions' Porsche sale. A rare 1998 BTR2 993 Turbo and a 2002 RTurbo will be on offer at the Dallas Burston Polo Club on September 28.
The RTurbo is an original factory press car and featured in the promotional video ‘RUF RTurbo Nürburgring Lap’ (see below). This RTurbo has a 3.6-litre flat-six engine producing 550bhp and 575lb/ft of torque, a six-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel-drive. It retains its original Speed Yellow paintwork with a black leather interior. As part of a private collection for the past few years, the car has been well cared for and has covered 29,948 miles.
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One of only five right-hand drive examples, the BTR2 993 Turbo headed for sale is rare in more ways than one. Only 15 BTR2 coupes were built in total and the example for sale has only had one owner in its 20 year existence. The car also has an integrated rollcage and EKS electronic clutch system. Routine service with the RUF factory has taken place every 12,000 miles, while interim and minor works have been carried out by OPC and Porsche specialist workshops.
Powered by a 3.6 litre flat-six, the BTR2 produces 420bhp, is capable of 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 191mph. The aerodynamics, suspension, wheels and brakes were all specially developed for the car, which is finished in Arctic Silver with a Charcoal leather interior.
'RUFs are a very special breed of vehicle. When you take a car as well respected as a Porsche and try to improve it, it can lead to some incredible results,' said Harry Whale, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.
'The pair of RUFs on offer at the Porsche Sale are truly impeccable examples, one from a single ownership and a vendor who has clearly cared for the car dearly, and another which is famous around the world for appearing in RUFs own promotional material, taking on the legendary ‘Green Hell’, the Nürburgring. We couldn’t ask for two better examples of RUFs unbeatable engineering prowess and skill.'
'Very few RUFs on the market can claim this heritage and provenance. The RTurbo retains its incredible performance and subtle looks and is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a piece of RUFs history at the Porsche Sale. This is a highly exclusive opportunity. RUFs are already rare and this incredibly special example is one of only five in the world. A car this well cared for makes this a truly unmissable chance.'
For more information on the RUFs and the rest of the Porsche Sale, which is in association with Porsche Club GB, visit silverstoneauctions.com.
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