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Chet Parsons is a textbook car geek of the highest degree, perpetually torn between air-cooled Porsches and early BMW M-cars, Chet joins Megadeluxe to share stories of cars and the people who love them. Expect a serious bias toward 80s and 90s European sports cars, and serious encouragement to get out and drive (or ride) whatever motorized conveyance gets the petrol pumping in your veins. And don’t be surprised by random references to 80s new wave, Douglas Adams, or Monty Python.
Photos by Kalem Romero
It’s 1985, and you’ve decided to buy a Porsche, but the standard fare from Stuttgart doesn’t quite do it for you. The obvious thing to do, then is to contact Alois Ruf at the company that bears his name, right? A family business that evolved from a local garage into a certified manufacturer building Porsche-based production cars, RUF Automobile is perhaps best known for the Yellowbird, a 469 horsepower, twin-turbo, 911-based legend formally known as the CTR. This Road & Track cover model hit 217 mph in 1987, and was immortalized on video in “Faszination,” which features RUF test-driver Stefan Roser wrestling the CTR around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
But as tempting as one of RUF’s turbocharged creations might be, the reality is that you’re not Stefan Roser. This means the possibility of leaving the road backwards in a frenzy of turbo boost and lift-throttle oversteer is a more of a probability than a possibility. Which brings us to the car featured here, a naturally aspirated RUF 911. But where does this car fit, without the turbocharging that practically defines RUF’s creations?