Preview : the Bonhams auction at Amelia Island

RUF Turbo built for member of the Porsche family

Eye-catcher of the Bonhams Auction in Amelia Island when it comes to Porsche is probably the 1996 RUF Porsche Turbo R ( see featured image of this article). A RUF Porsche is a rare bird on its own. Add to that that this particular one was built for a member of the Porsche family and you know this is a true rarity that comes on the block. The 1996 RUF Turbo R has only 36,000 miles on the counter. This low mileage, and the provenance might make this car subject to heavy bidding.

One-Off RUF Turbo RSR

1984 RUF MODIFIED PORSCHE 911 RUF RSR Bonhams Amelia Island
1984 RUF MODIFIED PORSCHE 911 RUF RSR

We are curious about the other RUF in the Bonhams Auction at Amelia Island. The 1984 RUF Modified Porsche 911 RSR is a one-off modified by RUF. Upon delivery, the new owner/collector immediately desired to increase the performance of his 911 and soon called upon Tore Johnson, the U.S. RUF importer and builder in Long Beach, California, to upgrade this new Carrera 3.2 to RUF BTR specification. After that, the car was sent to Alan Johnson in San Diego.  Johnson was contracted to craft an alloy body for the BTR inspired by the Porsche 935. Today, t the chassis has covered less than 10,000 miles since its delivery in 1984. The RUF RSR been in constant development since new to become the highly developed and powerful road car that it is today.

The Porsches in the Bonhams auction at Amelia Island

Lot 1984: 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder Manual Estimated $2,000 – 3,000
Lot 209: 1969 Porsche 911 2.0S Coupe Estimated $175,000 – $225,000
Lot 212: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster Estimated $200,000 – $250,000
Lot 213 : 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster Estimated $350,000 – $450,000
Lot 214: 1996 RUF Porsche Turbo R Estimated $650,000 – $850,000
Lot 216: 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe Estimated $80,000 – $100,000
Lot 218: 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe Estimated $70,000 – $90,000
Lot 219: 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe Estimated $175,000 – $250,000
Lot 221: 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe Estimated$100,000 – $120,000
Lot 229: 1971 Porsche 911T Targa Estimated $50,000 – $60,000
Lot 236: 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 Estimated $80,000 – $100,000
Lot 273: 1992 Porsche 964 Carrera RS Coupe $250,000 – $300,000
Lot 279: 1968 Porsche 911S Coupe Estimated $190,000 – $230,000
Lot 307:  1984 RUF modified Porsche 911 “RUF RSR” Estimated $175,000 – $225,000

Picture courtesy Bonhams Auction House