Car Catcher: A RUF-Modified Porsche 911 Turbo

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If a Porsche 930 isn’t exclusive enough for you, then maybe try this 1981 Porsche 911 Turbo that’s been modified by RUF. As it turns out, 1981 was a pretty big year for RUF, as the German government reclassified the company from a simple Porsche tuner to a full-on car maker.

Powered by a stroked 3.3-liter powerplant, the car is also equipped with a five-speed manual transmission developed in-house by RUF to replace the four-speed that was standard on earlier 930 models.

Finished in white over a blue interior with plaid seat inserts, this RUF shows 52,108 miles on its odometer. This 1981 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF is going across the block in RM Sotheby’s upcoming Open Roads, April auction, with an expected selling price of $90,000-$110,000.

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aircooled MegaDork
3/26/21 5:11 p.m.

So... basically a white Yellowbird?

BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter)
BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/26/21 5:57 p.m.

Yellow bird has a lot more modifications and is built using the narrow body.

I'm surprised that the estimate is that low, more or less what a nice 930 goes for. 

3/27/21 2:28 p.m.

The spec for the BTR in era was 374 HP so about a hundred less than the CTR (Yellowbird).  These cars provide the old school turbo experience with a bit of turbo lag but are a hoot to drive, especially with the 5 speed.  Many came with an adjustable boost knob that Alois intended to be used to reduce boost when the road was wet.  Some owners used it as a "Please build me another engine" knob.

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