Quartet Of Rare Porsche-Based RUF Sports Cars Will Lead 2023 Amelia Island Auction

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The lineup includes the only production example of the stunning RK Coupe.

Auction house Gooding & Company has announced a new collection from RUF - stylized as RUF//The Collection - featuring four rare models that will headline the 2023 Amelia Island Auction in March. For decades, RUF has been designing and manufacturing unique iterations of the Porsche 911, and the four models shown here are expected to steal the show at Amelia Island next year.

The lineup consists of a 1998 RUF Turbo R, 1998 RUF Turbo R Cabriolet, 1997 RUF BTR2, and 2007 RUF RK Coupe. Each model is unique and exquisitely detailed, as has been the case since 1974 when the focus of RUF shifted to building and modifying Porsche-based sports cars.

The Turbo R from 1998 is based on the 993-generation Porsche 911 Turbo. It differs from the original Porsche with details like 18-inch RUF five-spoke alloys, a different front bumper, RUF green-hued gauges, and a signature RUF steering wheel.

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Finished in Blood Orange, this vibrant exterior hue is contrasted by a black leather and fabric interior, which has had its rear seats deleted. Delivered new to its first owner in Germany, this Turbo R is one of only about 15 that were built by RUF.

Over the course of its life, it received upgrades that included a new specification to the Turbo R Limited series from 2016, along with new OEM exterior lights, larger 19-inch RUF wheels, and a Bilstein PSS10 adjustable coil-over suspension. The engine makes around 552 horsepower, and this beautifully kept example has covered only 13,800 miles.

From the same year is the 1998 Turbo R Cabriolet. Of the 15 Turbo Rs from RUF, this is the sole Cabriolet example. Like the coupe we just covered, this one has Blood Orange paintwork over black leather but has covered even fewer miles with an indicated 10,223.

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Its twin-turbocharged flat-six engine makes 490 hp, while upgrades include aerodynamic mirrors, sports seats, and a specially engineered chassis. It has had only three owners from new.

A year older is the 1997 RUF BTR2. As the successor to RUF's first production car, the BTR2 is based on the 993-generation 911. It sports Speed Yellow paint, a reworked front bumper, and a fixed "whale tail" rear spoiler. The overhauled engine makes 420 hp, and it could achieve a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds.

In total, just 10 examples of the BTR2 are believed to have left the RUF factory. After initially being delivered new to Japan, this BTR2 spent a brief period in the UK before being purchased by Andy Cohen of Beverly Hills, California. It was converted to US specification and now has just under 26,000 miles on the clock.

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The last RUF model that forms part of this collection is also the newest, that being the 2007 RK Coupe. Its uniquely curvaceous lines stem from a collaboration with design house Studiotorino. In fact, this is the only time that RUF used an external coachbuilder to body a car.

Based on the Cayman of the period and an iteration of the RK Spyder, it has a compressor engine and mechanical turbocharger that's good for 440 hp. 49 cars were meant to be produced initially, but only two RK Coupes emerged: one prototype and this one, the sole production example. It is finished in a color known as Marmograu over a black leather cabin with contrasting red stitching, and the seats are carbon fiber buckets. Besides its exclusivity, it has covered just 6,642 miles.

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"In recent years, collectors have begun to recognize the significance of the RUF marque, particularly the W09-serial numbered cars built in-house in Pfaffenhausen. Not only are these cars extremely rare, but they also exemplify the exceptional attention to detail and engineering excellence that have become synonymous with RUF," said David Brynan, Gooding & Company Senior Specialist. "We are thrilled to present this fantastic collection at Amelia Island, which consists of four outstanding and highly individualized cars from a knowledgeable private collector."

RUF already blew us away at Monterey Car Week earlier this year, and these four beauties are sure to do the same for lucky attendees when they appear on stage at the 2023 Amelia Island Auction on March 3, 2023, at the Omni Amelia Island Resort.

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