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German automobile producers include Ruf Automobile GmbH. They used to manufacture cars using Porsche bodies in white, but now they use their own bodies and chassis. Additionally, they provide performance components for the 911, Boxster, and Cayman among other Porsche vehicles.


Alois Ruf Sr. established the business in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, as "Auto Ruf" in 1939 as a repair garage. In 1949, the business expanded to incorporate a full-service gas station. Late in the 1940s, Ruf started experimenting with his own car ideas. In 1955, he created and built a tour bus, which he sold all around Germany. The good response it received led to Ruf extending his business again by launching his own separately owned bus company.

Alois Srwork .'s in the automotive industry had a marked influence on his son, Alois Ruf Jr., who became a sports car enthusiast. Alois Jr. started maintaining and fixing Porsche cars at his father's garage in 1960.
Alois Jr., then 24 years old, took over the company after his father, Alois Sr., passed away in 1974 and concentrated on what he loved most: Porsche cars, particularly the 911. The first Porsche with Ruf enhancements debuted a year later, in 1975.

In 1977, Ruf unveiled their first full-fledged model, a modified Porsche 930 powered by a 3.3-liter engine. The 911 SCR, Ruf's first fully built non-turbo Porsche, came next in 1978. It had a 3.2-liter, stroked engine that produced 217 horsepower and was naturally aspirated in a 911. For this vehicle, several orders from customers were placed.

The world's fastest production automobile at the time was the Ruf CTR, which was debuted in 1987 and hit a high speed of 339 km/h (211 mph) in April 1987. In 1988, it even reached 342 km/h (213 mph). The McLaren F1 broke the previous record in 1998 with a top speed of 241 mph, making its successor, the 1995 Ruf CTR2, the second-fastest production car of the decade. Its successor, the CTR2, had a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph), making it the fastest road-legal production car in the world for a brief period in the mid-'90s. The CTR2, however, was considerably less expensive than the F1.

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