2022 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1990 Porsche-RUF 'CTR' Carrera 4
$275,000 - $325,000
One of Only Two All-Wheel-Drive 964 “CTR” Models Built by RUF
Well Documented and Originally Built for the Beddor Brothers
Competition History Includes Pikes Peak and One Lap of America
Offered with Extensive History File, Press Clippings, and Period Photos
A Fascinating and Important Piece of the RUF Story
3,605 CC Type M64/01 SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Motronic Fuel Injection
Twin KKK Turbochargers
Estimated 550 BHP at 6,100 RPM
6-Speed Manual Transaxle with All-Wheel Drive and Limited-Slip Differential
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes with ABS
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and MacPherson Struts
Rear Double-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs and Semi-Trailing Arms
Steve and David Beddor, Chanhassen, Minnesota (acquired new in 1990)
Eric Kuckhoff, Acworth, Georgia
Richard Jones, Bigfork, Montana (acquired circa 2003)
Current Owner (acquired in 2007)
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Colorado, 1994, Beddor (2nd in Class)
Car and Driver One Lap of America, 1994 (1st Place Winner in 7 of 11 Events)
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Colorado, 1995, Beddor (6th Place)
While originally founded as an automotive repair shop, RUF has focused on modifying and building Porsche-based automobiles since 1974. In 1975, the original RUF model was an enhanced Type 930 Turbo with an enlarged 3.3-liter engine. In 1978, it was followed by the RUF SCR, which boasted a similar performance to a 930, despite the absence of turbochargers.
RUF’s participation in Road & Track magazine’s “Ultimate Top Speed Shootout” event in July 1987 made RUF a household name. RUF brought its new “CTR” – for Group C Turbo RUF – to Volkswagen’s test track in Germany. Competing against some of the stoutest sports cars of the period, including a Ferrari 288 GTO, Ferrari Testarossa, Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Countach, AMG Hammer, and a Porsche 959, the twin-turbocharged RUF “CTR” Yellowbird recorded the highest top speed at 211 mph. Capable of 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds, the “CTR” was also highly capable on track, subsequently setting a Nürburgring-Nordschleife track lap record.
The “CTR’s” feats caught the attention of Steve and David Beddor, brothers in an accomplished amateur racing family. The family ordered two US-specification Porsche 964 Carrera 4 models, including this particular car, and shipped them to RUF in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, for upgrades. Drawing on lessons learned from the Yellowbird, RUF rebuilt both 964s to “CTR” specification during 1992 and 1993. The 3.6-liter, flat-six engines received twin KKK turbochargers with intercoolers. Developing a claimed 550 hp, power was delivered through a RUF six-speed manual gearbox to all four wheels. Underpinnings included a fully independent and adjustable suspension, while the bodies featured lightweight Kevlar panels. A roll cage, Recaro bucket seats, rear spoiler, lightweight interior and glass, and fuel cell are said to have been part of the transformative specifications, at a cost of $285,780 per car.
Finished in black paint, this 1990 Porsche-RUF “CTR” Carrera 4 is one of the two examples built for and raced by the Beddor brothers. At the famous 1994 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, this RUF finished an impressive 2nd Place in the Open Class. As a participant at the 1994 Bridgestone/Car and Driver magazine’s One Lap of America driving competition, the RUF achieved 1st Place in seven of 11 events. Kept in the Beddor family for a number of years, this car passed through a small number of caretakers before being purchased into current ownership in 2007.
Accompanied by a file of documentation including period photographs, press cuttings, and correspondence, this “CTR” Carrera 4 presents well throughout despite its competition history, and now also sports air-conditioning and power windows for a modicum of extra usability. One of only two “CTR” models built with all-wheel drive, this storied example is a once-in-a-lifetime offering for the astute Porsche collector.
*Please note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California Resident.