In partnership with our favorite aircooled Porsche show Luftgekuhlt, Los Angeles, California’s best automotive museum The Petersen has launched a new exhibit to celebrate the greatest Porsche-based supercar manufacturer in the world. Ruf was founded in 1939, and spent decades building and rebuilding some of the greatest sports cars in history. It grew to become a household name in the sports car world with the late-1980s introduction of its 211 mile per hour 911-based CTR, dubbed the “Yellowbird”. The company has been inextricably linked to the Porsche story ever since, having produced some of the fastest flat-six powered machines in the world. If Porsche can make it great, Ruf can make it better.
The exhibit will come to you in two parts, with the first part called “Pfaffenhausen Speed Shop – The RUF Gallery” in which eight significant Ruf cars will be featured. The second exhibit partnership between Luft and the Pete will explore the legacy of Porsche’s famed 956 and 962 race car models.
”RUF’s latest cars, including the CTR Anniversary and SCR, are designed, engineered and manufactured entirely by RUF using RUF parts including the chassis, engine, transmission and body. We are proud to partner with RUF to gather some of its most impressive vehicles in The Vault presented by Hagerty,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “‘Pfaffenhausen Speed Shop–The RUFGallery’ highlights the creativity and vision of Alois Ruf Jr. for one unparalleled celebration of every enthusiast’s favorite event, Luftgekühlt.”
The Petersen’s famed “Vault” will hold the Ruf Gallery, and is open to the public as a limited private tour with a guide. The collection will include 1990 RUF CTR Yellowbird, a 2012 RUF CTR3 ClubSport, a 2007 RUF Turbo R Cabriolet, a 2016 RUF Turbo R Ltd, a 2016 RUF Ultimate, a 1994 RUF RCT EVO narrow body, a 1994 RUF RCT EVO wide body, and a 2015 RUF RT12R. Sounds pretty cool to me!
“We are honored to be chosen for a dedicated exhibit at the Petersen,” said RUF Automobile Owner Alois Ruf. “From our beginnings in a small shop in Pfaffenhausen, Germany to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, we have only sought to bring joy through cars. We are grateful to both Luftgekühlt and the museum for helping us spread that joy.”
Tickets are only available in advance on the Petersen Automotive Museum website. Face coverings are required for all who visit the museum, social distancing of at least 6 feet will be enforced with designated paths through the museum. Hand sanitizing stations are dotted throughout, and museum staff has increased the frequency of its cleaning schedule.
The Ruf exhibit is open now, and the 956/962 exhibit will open on August 15th. Go see both!