German Engineering at Work
In 1939, Alois Ruf, Sr., founded “AUTO-RUF” in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, as a service garage and soon after added a gas station.
Moreover, that work with automobiles and interaction with passionate automotive fans would inspire something else with Alois.
By 1963, Alois Ruf would a damaged Porsche 356, and did not turn back. For the next twenty years, Alois Ruf began perfecting the mechanical rebuild of Porsches.
RUF and Beyond
In 1981, “RUF Automobile” won the coveted Manufactures’ Certification from the German Federal Vehicle Offices. He created and captured unbelievable mechanics and design with his work on Porsche 911s.
Through the ’80s, his cars broke speed records and received critical acclaim in national publications, such as “Road & Track.”
Uniqueness Captured with Each New Design
Intrinsically, each design he created was unique and different from the previous (not just based upon what type of model). Ruf pushed the envelope of the rebuild with the modern Porsches he put on the market.
In 1996, the RUF CTR2 released with 520 hp, also with a CTR2 Sportbody version.
Fast-forward to 2007, the mid engine RUF CTR3, the successor to the CTR2, released with 700 hp. The technology continued to improve, but as well as Ruf’s creative mindset and spaces.
While RUF is recognized as a unique rebuilder, they also build their own cars and stand as a prominent car manufacturer in Germany. The company also offers service, maintenance and repair for all regular Porsche customers in Germany.
They have also claimed the unique position as one of the most reputable sources for classic Porsche restoration in the world. Recently, RUF unveiled the 2017 RUF CTR. The first rear-engine carbon fiber monocoque chassis. A twin-turbo 3.6L flat-six that reaches 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. The car was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show this year to rave reviews.
You can read more about RUF in the Car Lover’s Guide to Southern Germany, available in the Via Corsa shop.