More Mint­bird than Yel­low­bird

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An ultra-rare ex­am­ple of RUF'S most famous cre­ation, the orig­i­nal CTR and also known as the Yel­low­bird thanks to the dis­tinc­tive yel­low coach­work of some ex­am­ples, is up for sale. One of just 25 made, it's be­ing of­fered by RM Sotheby's at their Paris sale on the 7th of Feb­ru­ary.

Though the CTR is rare, its vi­tal sta­tis­tics are well known. The en­gine is a bored out, twin-tur­bocharged ver­sion of Porsche's 3.2 Car­rera lump. Cour­tesy of the fu­elling and ig­ni­tion sys­tem lifted straight from the Group C 962 racer, out­put was rated at 469bhp, an out­ra­geous fig­ure for a 1980s car. Drive was initially chan­nelled through a five-speed gear­box de­signed in-house with cus­tomised ra­tios. A six-speed op­tion was later made avail­able.

All that power pushes a rad­i­cally mod­i­fied G model 3.2 Car­rera body. The stan­dard car's steel doors, bon­net and en­gine cover were re­placed with alu­minium, re­duc­ing curb weight by a mas­sive 200kg over­all. The car's rain gut­ters were also shaved to re­duce drag, while glass­fi­bre front and rear bumpers were fit­ted and the rear arches widened slightly to ab­sorb the tasty Speed­line wheels. Op­tional Club­sport mod­els also re­ceived alu­minium wings and a full alu­minium roll cage.

The re­sult, even by today's lofty stan­dards, was spec­tac­u­lar. In 1987, Phil Hill clocked an in­cred­i­ble and record-break­ing top speed of 211mph for Road & Track magazine, a vmax that would stand for over a decade. The CTR like­wise went on to hold an unofficial lap record at the Nür­bur­gring-nord­schleife for sev­eral years. The CTR was also, of course, the sub­ject mat­ter of the in­fa­mous Fasz­i­na­tion at the Nür­bur­gring video in which a cer­tain tas­sel-footed Ste­fan Roser did un­speak­ble things be­hind the wheel.

This par­tic­u­lar not-so-yel­low 'bird be­gan life as as a Guards Red 3.2 Car­rera. The car’s orig­i­nal Ger­man owner drove it some 40,000km be­fore de­liv­er­ing it to RUF for con­ver­sion to CTR spec­i­fi­ca­tions. It re­tains its orig­i­nal Club­sport fea­tures, in­clud­ing the full suite of afore­men­tioned weight-sav­ing com­po­nents. Af­ter be­ing con­verted at Pfaf­fen­hausen in 1991, it re­mained in Europe un­til be­ing ex­ported to Ja­pan in 1993, where it spent most of its life, ac­cru­ing an im­pres­sive 197,000km.

In 2015, it was re-im­ported into Europe and de­liv­ered to RUF in Pfaf­fen­hausen for a gear­box over­haul and sub­se­quently a com­plete health check at a Nor­we­gian air-cooled Porsche spe­cial­ist, where the twin K26 tur­bocharg­ers were over­hauled.

RM Sotheby's has placed a sale es­ti­mate of €275,000 to €325,000 on the Mint­bird. But it's of­fered with­out re­serve, so you might just get a bar­gain.

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Of­fered for auc­tion with no re­serve by RM Sotheby’s at their Paris sale in Feb, this Ruf CTR is un­likely to be much of a bar­gain, though

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