Rare 1997 RUF CTR2 For Sale

RUF CTR2 rear wing
Photo: Classic Driver / The Octane Collection

For Porsche fans, RUF Automobile is as good as it gets! Since the first CTR broke the speed record in 1987, RUF cars have been coveted by collectors as well as motorsport fans.

Check out this amazing CTR2 for sale and get the full story about RUF and the iconic Yellowbird.

Rare 1997 RUF CTR2 For Sale
Photo: Classic Driver / The Octane Collection

Rare 1997 Ruf CTR2 For Sale

This exceptional 1997 RUF CTR2 has only driven 30,017 miles (48,308 km) and is in excellent condition! The classic silver exterior has clear signs of excessive power with extra air vents in the front and rear bumpers plus the massive CTR2 rear wing. Power comes from a race-derived version of Porsche’s air-cooled 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six. An engine that was directly lifted from the Porsche 962 Le Mans Group C car.

RUF CTR2 engine
Photo: Classic Driver / The Octane Collection

The car has exceptional provenance with a detailed history file. While the car was in Norway, the owner (who was also a RUF dealer) carried out necessary modifications in-house. During that, the car was upgraded to 580 hp and the EKS clutchless transmission was exchanged for a manual gearbox.

RUF CTR2 interior
Photo: Classic Driver / The Octane Collection
RUF CTR2 rear
Photo: Classic Driver / The Octane Collection

The car is listed for sale at The Octane Collection via Classic Driver for $848,662 USD (£624,995 GBP).


  • 1997 RUF CTR2: 1 of 16 Non-Sport
  • Arctic Silver exterior
  • Marble Green leather interior
  • RUF Konig seats
  • 5 dial dash arrangement
  • Additional sixth gauge for boost
  • Integrated roll cage
  • Engine: air-cooled 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six
  • Manual gearbox
  • Performance: 580 BHP / 589 PS / 433 kW
  • Forged magnesium OZ wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires
  • Upgraded brakes: 993 GT2 Evo specification
RUF CTR2 profile
Photo: Classic Driver / The Octane Collection

The story of RUF Automobile

RUF Automobile was founded in 1939 when Alois Ruf Sr. established a service garage and tour company in Pfaffenhausen, Germany. During a tour in one of his Ruf build busses, a Porsche 356 crashes after overtaking the bus. Alois Ruf Sr. offers to help the driver and brings the damaged Porsche back to the Ruf garage where he repairs the car. The experience sparked a passion for Porsche and the repaired 356 became the first Porsche owned by the Ruf family.

The Iconic Ruf CTR – Yellowbird

RUF Yellowbird Porsche Drifting
The famous RUF CTR ‘Yellowbird’ drifting the Nürburgring, Germany. Photo: RUF Automobile.

RUF Automobile launched the first CTR in 1987 and the first appearance was at the “World’s Fastest Cars” contest held by American car magazine Road & Track. By accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h), the car was awarded “The Fastest Production Car in the World”! The record was due to a successful recipe made by RUF. Firstly, the CTR was a limited high-performance edition of the Porsche 911 with a special set-up. Secondly, it had a highly tuned version of the 3.2-liter flat-six engine. Thirdly, it had a long list of enhancements and upgrades making it the perfect track-day weapon.

CTR is an abbreviation of “Group C Turbo Ruf”. Since the original record-breaking Yellowbird, it has been made in four additional editions. The second edition, the CTR2, came in 1996 and the CTR3 came in 2007. In addition to this, RUF has also made two special editions; the CTR3 Clubsport from 2012, and finally the CTR Anniversary edition from 2017.

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Much More Than A Modified Porsche

Since 1975, RUF Automobile has produced enhanced Porsches under their own name as an officially recognized manufacturer. The cars are fabricated using unmarked Porsche bodies and chassis parts, combined with independent upgrades. This means, that all RUF cars have certified RUF VIN and serial numbers. For many people, the RUF fascination originates from the legendary video “Faczination on Nürburgring (Nordschleife)” from 1987. In the video, race car driver Stephan Rozer shows how to drive the CTR Yellowbird around the German race track. This was something most people had never seen before and the video (of course on VHS) became an instant hit! When the video game ‘Gran Turismo II’ was launched for Playstation 1, RUF Automobiles also secured a spot for their cars.

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