- A genuine BTR with RUF VIN
- Engine and gearbox rebuilt in November 2020
- Powered by 3.4-liter turbocharged flat six-cylinder engine paired with a RUF five-speed manual transmission
- Delivered new to the United States
The arrival of the BTR marked the beginning of RUF’s global reputation, establishing it as the most highly regarded of Porsche tuning firms. Inspired by the FIA Group B regulation, the BTR used the 930 Turbo body and 935-sourced engine internals as a basis from which to produce a 375-horsepower, 190-mph sports car that was then successfully tested by journalists against the fastest contemporary models from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche.
Widely regarded as the fastest-accelerating road car in the world during production, the BTR was consistently revised until 1993 with performance modifications running from their earliest "BTR I" offerings to the latest and most extreme, the "BTR III." If you were in the market for a truly unique “G-body” Porsche capable of supercar-killing performance, RUF was the company to call.
The BTR on offer was invoiced through RUF Automobile of America in September of 1985 and just a month later exported through the German port of Emden to Albany, New York. It is believed that a Dr. DiMacro owned the car initially thanks to correspondence on file between the doctor and the North American Operation Manager of the manufacturer. Eventually, the turbocharged coupe would find its way to Ohio, where it was registered to Rick Staikoff of Brecksville. In 2014, the RUF found its current owner and was subsequently shipped to the United Kingdom.
At the time of this most recent sale, RUF documented the various options fitted to the car. These include: RUF front spoiler with oil cooler, Turbo 3.3 rear spoiler, air conditioning, 88-liter tank, front and rear Bilstein shock absorbers, sport stabilizers, Turbo system brakes, RUF wheels, four-pipe exhaust, RUF boost regulation valve, Recaro seats, RUF instruments, and a RUF steering wheel with elevated hub. Out back, a turbocharged 3.4-liter, 374-horsepower flat-six is paired with a RUF five-speed transmission with a limited slip differential. The exterior is finished in a stealthy shade of black, while the interior presents a less subtle, but equally stylish violet leather interior with black seats.
Under current ownership, the vehicle has received maintenance work through both RUF and Porsche service centers. Beginning in November of 2020, RUF disassembled the engine and transmission, adjusted the valves, repaired the wiring harness, and repaired the distributor and intercooler. All invoices from this work are present within the BTR’s files.
A true hot-rod, the RUF BTR provides an immense increase in performance compared the standard Carrera of the period. The example on offer is complete with a number of wonderful period touches and with a genuine RUF VIN, it is sure to remain a collectible for decades to come.