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Watch as Ruf takes you through its unparalleled history

Though Ruf was founded in 1939 as a Porsche service garage by Alois Ruf, Sr., the CTR Yellowbird—star of the first viral automotive video "Fascination of the Nürburgring" and winner of Road & Track’s 1987 "World's Fastest" shootout—was the creation of current Ruf chief Alois Ruf, Jr. He is still the nicest guy you'll ever meet.


In the mid-'70s, the Ruf family was quick to realize that, while Porsche was about to abandon the 911 in favor of its new V-8-powered 928, there were more than enough rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-six fans out there to keep its business going. Ruf wasn't just a tuner and a trusted service center; it was also an engineering powerhouse, giving the 911 five -and six-speed gearboxes before Porsche would, and designing and manufacturing various other parts in-house. With all this know-how, in 1979, Alois Ruf came up with a concept for a car called the 945R—a slantnose, twin-turbo affair pushing out 450 hp and using the 935 engine as its base. This idea soon evolved into the CTR prototype.


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There were actual Porsches in 1939?

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Not sure how many, but there was the Porsche 64: