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1988 Porsche 911 Turbo 'Ruf CTR'

1988 Porsche 911 Turbo ’Ruf CTR’

The giant-killer from Pfaffenhausen which was faster than an F40

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.

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1987 Porsche 959 Gen III by Canepa

1987 Porsche 959 Gen III by Canepa

One of Porsche’s most iconic models gets a one-off makeover

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.

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1986 - 1989 Porsche 959

1986 - 1989 Porsche 959

In the 1980s the world was just coming off the gas-crunch of the `70s, and it had a taste for insanely fast machinery thanks to the Group B racing boom in rally and road cars. Porsche decided it wanted to use the racing regulations as a test bed for future models, so it took a 911 and used it as a rough base to create the 959, one of the greatest cars the world had ever seen. Originally codenamed the Gruppe B, the 959 would make use of an incredibly advanced electronic all-wheel drive system, some of the most advanced body materials available in the world, and a whole host of electronic aids that set the blueprint for today’s supercars. When the car finally hit showrooms in 1986, the Porsche 959 was the fastest street-legal car in the entire world.

While its bones are a 911 underneath, the 959 is a completely separate model of car that shares very little with its donor. The engine used a hybrid air- and water-cooled design, came with a pair of turbochargers, and it produced 444 horsepower. The 959 is the template for the modern supercar in almost every way. As a road car, it was the first to ship with tire pressure sensors, magnesium wheels (with hollow spokes no less), and an active differential. On top of all of its other accolades, it was also the first mass-produced car to come with a six-speed manual. Even today there are few cars on sale that can match the speed, pace and excitement provided by this incredible Porsche.

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1988 Porsche 959 S

1988 Porsche 959 S

In the mid 80’s Porsche was shocking the world with the unveiling of the 959 supercar. Porsche by a 2849 c.c. flat-six engine with a total output of 450 hp, the 959 soon became the "World’s Fastest Car." But Porsche came with an even more exclusive version for those customer who were willing to pay more for an extra sporty package. This was the Porsche 959 S version, limited to only 29 units.

The 959 was a sensation by no doubt. From a technical perspective it was a racing car "nevertheless the result is a car which has all the comfort and smoothness and no more interior noise that we expect from a road vehicle along with a high safety margin", said the head of development of the time, Helmuth Bott, not without pride.

The S version featured a full roll cage, Sport seats with racing seat belts, and a race tuned suspension. It made the 0 to 60mph sprint in only 3.5 seconds and had a top speed of 198mph, and ran the quarter in just 11.8 seconds at a trap speed of 119 mph.

Because Porsche refused to crash up to 4 for testings, the 959 was never road legal for the US market. And this is where Canepa Design came in.

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