Empty The Piggy Bank: 1997 Ruf Porsche 911 CTR2 Headed To Mecum

Any motoring enthusiast has surely at least heard the name “Yellowbird” before; it was the name given to a particularly swift 1987 Porsche 911 built-up by Ruf Automobile of Germany. It was so-named for its bright canary yellow paint job, and dominated every other supercar offering of the time, holding the production car record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for several years.

This Ruf Porsche 911 CTR2 is not that car, but it is the “Yellowbird” Ruf CTR’s successor, and is shod with the same canary yellow paint. And, in mid-January, it will be sold at the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida.

This 1997 Ruf Porsche 911 CTR2 gets its kick from a 500 HP flat-6 engine with twin turbochargers, and a close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox. The type-993-based supercar is capable of 0 to 60 in under 3.5 seconds, and has improved stopping power thanks to larger Ruf disc brakes.

What’s more, this particular example was driven personally by Alois Ruf Jr. himself, and has only 19,600 miles on the clock. It may not be the world record-breaking Ruf Porsche 911 CTR “Yellowbird” that dominated the Nürburgring; it’s even better. It’s the sequel to that car.

The Ruf Porsche 911 CTR2 is history, evolved.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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