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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Turbo ’Ruf CTR’

The original RUF CTR, commonly known as the “Yellowbird”, outran the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959 from 0 to 100 mph and kept going all the way to a top speed of 213 mph. It was the fastest car of the ‘80s and, arguably, the most extreme road-going interpretation of the Porsche 911 Carerra at the time.

As a follow-up to the vicious BTR, the RUF CTR was even more insane. It used parts from the Porsche 962 Group C prototype racer, had lightened body panels, a gearbox built just for it, tires similar to those on the spaceship that was the 959 and a bright yellow paintjob that made it stand out and earned its nickname: Yellowbird.

Before Alois Ruf and the team set about building the CTR, the world’s fastest car was the Lamborghini Countach. Surely, with all the wings it had grown by the time it received four valves per cylinder in 1985, it looked the part. Sadly for the Italians, the more understated Ruf CTR blew by the Countach, and the Testarossa, and the 288 GTO and just about any other supercar you can think of. And Ruf themselves thought that they could’ve eeked more with longer gears.

Keep reading to learn more about the ludicrous Ruf CTR

PostHeaderIcon 2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.

Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.

TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.

Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mecum Monterey Auction.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 959 Gen III by Canepa

The Porsche 911 may be considered as the quintessential Porsche model, but others like the 959 also deserve the “all time” status that they’ve been given. In the case of the 959, it featured some of the most advanced technologies available in the world at that time, and when Porsche was done building it, the model became the fastest street-legal car in the world. Only 292 units of the Porsche 959 were built and one of them belongs to Bruce Canepa, the owner of the noted car restoration company Canepa. Since the company prides itself on being a world-class restoration service company, it took up the task of customizing its owner’s 959. The result is a supercar that packs an incredible 763 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque.

Those numbers may look normal by today’s standards, but remember, this was done on a car that’s on the cusp of being 20 years old. This was done on a car that took on the Lamborghini Countach and the Ferrari Testarossa during its time and has etched its own legacy in the annals of Porsche lore. In other words, it’s every bit as impressive a restoration/tuning job as anything the company has done. The fact that the car is actually owned by the owner of the company further adds to its one-off aura.

Don’t be fooled by the lack of exterior upgrades that would’ve modernised the car. Canepa barely touched the exterior except for replacing the wheels. Everything else though was given the full cosmetic and mechnical peek and subsequent work.

It certainly goes without saying that unless another 959 owner actively seeks Canepa and asks for the same program, this particular 959 that’s owned by Bruce Canepa will remain a complete one-of-a-kind. It’s a fitting title for a car that at one point in its life was considered the fastest in the world.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.


PostHeaderIcon 2016 Porsche 991 Meets its Ancestors

2016 Porsche 991-959

When the boys at Sport Auto got hold of the 2016 Porsche 991 facelift turbo, and before they put it through their usual battery of tests, they decided to pair it up with a couple of older turbocharged Porsches. This puts in perspective the evolution of Porsche’s “Turbo” models and significance of the new Carrera getting a turbocharged engine.

In this video the 2016 Porsche 991 meets the 993 Turbo and the also mac daddy of all turbo Porsches, the legendary 959. You get to see the 991 and the 959 in action as well, which is really sweet:

Turbochargers are a fact of motoring life these days, but the good news is the modern turbos are nothing like the early versions. The lag is virtually eliminated through a number of clever technologies like variable geometry turbines and fancy software. So although the 2016 Porsche 991 features two meaty turbos on its 3.0 liter flat-six engine, the driver won’t really notice their presence. The car doesn’t even sound turbocharged. If anything, it sings the sweet melody of early air-cooled 911s which is just fantastic. And to think this is just the basic Carrera 2S model. What are the next GT3 and GT3 RS models going to be like?

The post 2016 Porsche 991 Meets its Ancestors appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon 30 Years of Porsche 959 Exhibition at Porsche Museum

30 Years of Porsche 959-0

1986 was a pivotal year for the super car industry, because it was in this year that Porsche 959 was born. When it came out, the first thing the 959 did was take the rule book on how to make a super car and tore it to pieces. This thing established a whole new level of sophistication which other manufacturers have been striving to ever since. 

Conceived first as a Group B rally car, Porsche 959 launched with a 2.85 liters twin-turbo engine featuring an air-cooled block and water-cooled heads. It developed 444 hp which isn’t much by today’s standard, but was considered toruser-troubling back in the 80s.

What’s more, the 959 was a fairly light weight car, at least considering how much tech it was packing. Thanks to a blend of aluminium and Aramid (Kevlar) composite for the body and Nomex floor, the car weighed in at just 1,450 kg, not bad for the first four-wheel-drive super car.

These days Porsche 959 commands huge prices in private auctions. But then again, that has always been the case. When it was new only people like Bill Gates could afford a 959. You may not be able to buy one of these, but you can still enjoy an up close and personal look at the car thanks to these photos from the 30 Years of Porsche 959 Exhibition Porsche is hosting these days at their museum to celebrate the car:

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The post 30 Years of Porsche 959 Exhibition at Porsche Museum appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Rare Black Porsche 959 To Be Auctioned In August

Born as a Group B rally car and built for the road in only 337 units, the Porsche 959 is widely regarded as the most sought-after Porsche in history. The fact that it was hailed as the most technologically advanced vehicle of the 1980s, delivered impressive performance, and was Porsche’s first-ever supercar also contributed to its reputation. Nearly 30 years have passed since the 959 was put into production, and car collectors are willing to pay millions to get their hands on one.

This is exactly what will happen at Gooding & Company’s car auction at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the 959 shown above is expected to change hands for $1.6 to $1.8 million.

The supercar in question was built for the 1988 model year and delivered to Dr. Friedrich Flick. In case you’re wondering why it’s called Komfort, this was a designation used by Porsche to differentiate it from the lesser-equipped siblings, marketed as Sport.

Making this 959 truly special is that it had been ordered in paint-to-sample black. And I’m not talking about just the body, but the wheels and every inch of chrome too. Only three cars have been finished in this color and the auction house says it has been factory maintained its entire life. That said, it’s not surprising Gooding & Company expects it to fetch more than $1.5 million.

Continue reading to learn more about this story.

Rare Black Porsche 959 To Be Auctioned In August originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 7 June 2015 12:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Fully Blacked-Out Porsche 959 Hits the Auction Block

Blacked-Out Porsche 959

Nope, it’s not a silly custom job. This Porsche 959 is probably the only original example in the world with a fully blacked-out exterior. And it can be yours now as the owner has just listed for sale at Gooding & Company Pebble Beach auction in August.

Boasting a deep metallic black body, black wheels, and tinted windows, this one-of-a-kind Porsche 959 reflects the dark side of the German super car which is actually known for its mellow approach to performance motoring, what with its turbo engine, four-wheel-drive and a full host of electronic safety systems. The 959 was in fact the first super car in the world to have all of these things.

The black Porsche 959 you see here is in tiptop condition as it’s been subjected to regular factory maintenance programs since 1988 when it first came out of there and was shipped to America. It has a six-speed manual gearbox and a 450 horsepower flat-six turbo engine that gives it a top speed of 197 mph. The auctioneers expect this 959 to fetch up to $1.8 million USD.

The post Fully Blacked-Out Porsche 959 Hits the Auction Block appeared first on Motorward.

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