2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport

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Alois Ruf may have cut his teeth as Germany’s pre-eminent Porsche customizer, but the CTR3 is something altogether different.

At first glance, its Porsche roots are obvious — there are the twin ovoid headlights and the curvy haunches. Yet the CTR3 is more Porsche-inspired than Porsche-based.

Instead of the Porsche underpinnings that governed the design of every RUF car prior, the CTR3’s platform was developed in conjunction with Canadian supplier Multimatic, the same company responsible for production of Ford’s new, Le Mans class-winning GT. Its footprint is about that of a 911, but the CTR3’s wheelbase is nearly 11 inches longer to accommodate a rear-mid-mounted engine.

The Oak Green CTR3 Clubsport presented here is one of the final examples built. It made its debut alongside RUF’s latest model, the SCR, in March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and today presents in virtually as-new condition throughout, ready to be driven and enjoyed.

Fewer than 30 CTR3s were built, with just seven of those the more hardcore Clubsport. To mark the occasion, this CTR3 Clubsport was signed by Alois Ruf himself, and it will be presented to its next owner with a commemorative watch.

Over the years, RUF has earned a stellar reputation for quality and attention to detail in upgrading Porsches and producing its own cars. The CTR3 Clubsport is without doubt RUF’s wildest creation yet and a must-have for any enthusiast of high-horsepower German supercars.

Prescott Kelly

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Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.

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