I recently met my neighbor, Patrick, when he became the owner of my 60 Series Land Cruiser. When you meet another automobile enthusiast you seem to always end up talking vehicles you’ve had or would love to buy. I was pretty excited to hear that Patrick is the owner of one of my favorite cars, a 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo. I’m not talking about any run-of-the mill Porsche 911 Turbo either, but one that has been converted to a RUF.
First, some back story on the original car. The 993 is the Porsche internal designation for the model of 911′s available between 1995 and 1998. Porschephiles and the purists have referred to the 993 as the last “true” Porsche.
It is the last one with that Flat Six air-cooled motor and the styling cues that go all the way back to the 1963 originals.
If you compare the roofline, windshield, and overall shape of the car, you’ll see not too much has changed from the ’68 to ’74 to ’97 models.
As earlier mentioned, this car isn’t just a 993 either; it’s a RUF.
RUF Automobile GmbH is recognized as a Automobile Manufacturer in Germany because they install many of their own engineered parts into unmarked Porsche chassis. The company was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Pfaffenhausen, Germany. There is a RUF Centre in Dallas too.They are the truly the ultimate for extreme porformance Porsche-based automobiles.
This car has a well-documented history as well. The first owner picked up the US-spec Guards Red 911 in Germany through the European Delivery Program. In 2001 it was sent back to the German RUF Centre for the conversion to a RUF Turbo R. This very detailed process included new turbos, camshafts, exhaust system, remapped computer system, and some “RUF secrets” to increase the horsepower from 408hbp to 490bhp.
Patrick purchased the car in 2008 and saved it from from a boring life of just sitting in a garage.
Here is a link to the Autoweek Video of the car in action on the Great Texas Beer Run.
Thanks, Patrick, for showing me your amazing car. I hope you’ll let me drive it next time. – Grant Griffin
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