Pfaffenhausen Speed Shop: The RUF Gallery At Petersen

The RUF Gallery exhibition celebrates the passion and is the the inaugural exhibit to launch in the Petersen’s new Legends of the Vault gallery. In 1939, Alois Ruf Sr. founded AUTO RUF, a general service garage located in the Bavarian town of Pfaffenhausen, Germany. The industrious Ruf Sr. repaired every vehicle imaginable, even building his own bus from scratch.

The RUF Gallery At Petersen

One day, while driving his bus, a Porsche 356 crashed in front of him and Ruf Sr. came to the rescue of the driver and the car, saving both and returning the little red Porsche to the road some time later. It was then that his love affair with Porsche began; a love which was passed on to his son, Alois Ruf Jr. When Ruf Jr. assumed directorship of the company in 1974, he vowed to continue the pursuit of this passion, and just one year later, they released the first RUF-enhanced Porsche. The RUF Gallery celebrates that passion and is the the inaugural exhibit to launch in the Petersen’s new Legends of the Vault gallery. Eight vehicles, curated by Patrick Long and Jeff Zwart tell the story of the legendary brand.

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The RUF Gallery At Petersen

**Tour is self-guided via digital guide – we recommend bringing headphones **

The RUF Gallery: Vehicle List

  • 1990 CTR Yellowbird
  • 2012 CTR 3 Clubsport
  • 2007 Turbo R Cab
  • 2016 Turbo R Ltd
  • 2016 Ruf Ultimate
  • 1994 964 RCT Evo Narrowbody
  • 1994 964 RCT Evo Widebody
  • 2015 RT12R

The RUF Gallery At Petersen

HISTORY OF RUF

  • 1974 | Alois Ruf, Jr took over RUF
  • 1975 | The first RUF enhanced Porsche debuted
  • 1981 | RUF Automobile received the Manufactures’ Certification from the German Federal Vehicle Offices
  • 1983 | RUF BTR introduced
  • 1987 | RUF CTR received road use certification
  • 1988 | RUF Automobile became an approved U.S. manufacturer
  • 1991 | RUF BR introduced
  • 1993 | RUF Carrera Turbo (RCT) introduced
  • 1999 | RUF 3400 S unveiled at the Essen Motor Show
  • 2002 | RUF launches the Rturbo
  • 2004 | RUF presents the Rt 12 at the Essen Motor Show
  • 2006 | RUF RK Coupé world premier
  • 2008 | RUF introduces prototype eRUF, the first German electric automobile
  • 2012 | introduction of the CTR3-Clubsport
  • 2016 | RUF Turbo R limited introduced (only 7 manufactured)

Report by petersen.org

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