1999 Ruf 911
I’ve talked a bit about how much I respect and have loved Ruf cars over the past 25 years. I never thought one would be within ownership reach both due to price and the scarcity of Ruf customized cars in general.
I was surprised to find this week’s Tempting Porsche on Craigslist.com. Here’s the ad:
Very nice Purple 99 Porsche 911 Ruf edition. one owner. New crate motor from Sunset imports, less than 4300 miles on motor. All maintenance records, Top of the line Ruf series car. This car is unique, 996 body is a very hard to find model. Over 40,000$ in receipts.
I called and talked to the dealer and I don’t know how much of this is true, but it makes for great info nonetheless. The dealer claims the current owner bought the car new and immediately had it customized with Ruf components including drive train, transmission and other components. Said the owner went so far as to trailer the car to the dealership any time it needed service (which I find a bit hard to believe).
The current motor was dropped into the car just over 4000 miles ago and was supposedly a brand new motor sent from the Porsche factory. Sunset is an authorized Porsche dealer, so it should have been done right. The dealer mentioned the owner did this so potential buyers wouldn’t think the car had been used for racing and thus abused. That didn’t quite seem right. Personally, if I were buying a Ruf customized car, I’d want the full monty. Maybe that’s just me.
Can be yours for just $40,000…probably even less!
Techart Turbo S on 1982 911 SC Platform
This tempting buy is a bit out of the ordinary. It’s a Techart Turbo S kit built on a 1982 911 SC platform. Among a “few” other things, it has what appears to be a $10,000+ Alpine stereo installed by Car Toys. Here are some highlights from the ad:
It has a built limited slip 5 speed tranny, Sach’s HD Power Clutch, Lightened flywheel, Aluminum Pressure plate, Short shift kit, Smart Racing Products Wevo Shifter, 2002 Leather air bag steering wheel, Sparco Torino Seats, Sparco 4 point harness seat belts, Brae Krause Harness bar and strut bar, Carbon fiber dash, Carbon fiber door sills, Techart Silver faced gauges
Techart bumper, Techart side skirts, Techart pedals, Techart dead pedal, Techart shifter, Techart E-Brake, Billstein HD/ Sport Suspension, Lowered, Poly bushings, 22MM Billstein sway bars, 4 corner balanced, Aligned, Optima Red topped Battery, Phoenix Gold terminals, Turbo S fog lamps and brake ducts, SSI headers, Montey Free Flow Stainless steel exhaust, Porsche Motor Sound exhaust tips, MSD Ignition, Clewett Plug Wires, Cams, Big bore throttle body, Fabspeed intake…
Quite a list, and that’s not even all of it! I have no idea what 90% of that stuff is. Sounds very impressive though. If everything had been done professionally (conversion and upgrades built by Jeff Gamroth of Rothsport Racing and Jerry Woods Enterprises; stereo by Car Toys), this would probably be a pretty fun car to drive and possibly keep for a while.
It’s always amazing to me how much money people can put into a car (over $65k invested in this one, not including the car), then only see a fraction of it come back out of the car when they go to sell it a short time later. I’m not sure anyone got $45k or $50k worth of fun out that car once it was done. Your price for that much fun today? Just $24,000.