RUF Automobile GmbH
is a German automobile manufacturer
. RUFs are built from unmarked Porsche
bodies and chassis. When a chassis arrives, RUF builds their own independent work into the car. Because RUF installs many of their own-made parts (not to be confused with badge engineering
), the company is recognized as a manufacturer by the German government
. RUF is mostly known for their CTR Yellowbird
, and is the biggest and most renowned company to make Porsche
performance enhancements. RUF has also made a name for itself as an automobile refiner, specialist in vintage restoration and rebuilds of classic RUF and Porsche automobiles. RUF also carries out service and crash repair.
The company was founded in 1939 in Pfaffenhausen
as "Auto RUF" by Alois Ruf Sr. as a service garage and was eventually expanded to include a full-service gas station in 1949. Ruf began experimenting with vehicle designs of his own in the late 1940s, and in 1955 designed and built a tour bus, which he marketed around Germany. The positive response it received led to Ruf expanding his business again by starting his own separately owned bus company.
Alois Sr.'s involvement in the auto industry had a distinct effect on his son, Alois Ruf Jr., who became a sports car enthusiast and in 1960 began servicing and restoring Porsche automobiles out of his father's garage. In 1974 when Alois Sr. died, 24 year-old Alois Jr. took control of the business and focused on his passion: Porsche... Read More