The Runge RS – The hand shaped ’50s racer



You’ve heard about Jay Leno and his insane collection of cars but what do you do when you’re ultra-wealthy, have all the cars you desire and now want a bespoke car of your own? You turn to Christopher Runge. With humble beginnings in a rural Minnesota barn, Christopher Runge has been building hand hammered aluminium-bodied classic cars. His namesake, Runge Cars, specialises in handcrafted, bespoke automobiles, each commissioned bespoke car is designed to customer specifications.

Runge Cars is the garage Christopher Runge, former snowboarder turned out to be a real master when it comes to hand-built automobiles, founded in Minnesota. It is not even actually a garage in truth: it is a barn, but never judge a book by it’s cover, because what comes out of that anonymous Minnesota barn will blow your mind.

When one time Late Night Host and current Gear-head, Jay Leno learnt of Runge Cars, he knew he had to get the artisan coach-builder onto the NBC show – Jay Leno’s Garage and this catapulted Runge Cars from literal garage brand to sought after bespoke carmaker.


Executing traditional coachbuilding techniques, Runge’s cars possess bodywork of hand formed aluminium fitted to the ‘Superleicht’ aluminium tube form, resulting in a ‘sculpture on wheels’. His latest work is the Runge RS, like all his other handcrafted masterpieces, it recalls the roadster style race cars of the 1950s from famed marques like Maserati,  and Porsche.

Runge builds his own bespoke cars from scratch, yes, this means that the bespoke car artisan even has to cast his own car parts in-house. His latest Runge RS features coachwork hammered over bucks and shaped with an English wheel much the way car makers have been building cars since the 50s.


Clearly inspired by the Porsche 718 RSK and the 550 Spyder, Chris’s Runge RS took over a year to build and was finally completed in autumn 2016. Accented with functional louvres, eagle eyed classic car aficionados might notice some borrowed vintage Maserati and Ferrari aesthetic codes, making the Runge RS an American built roadster with a classic Italian soul.

Beneath the steel tube-frame chassis of Chris’ Runge RS, roars a mid-mounted, air cooled, naturally aspirated 159 horsepower flat-four engine; if it’s not immediately obvious, the ultra-light frame allows the Runge RS to perform almost as well as most modern sports cars. That said, what the Runge RS has in spades over modern supercars is the appeal of retro-aesthetics including an interior trimmed in brown leather with classic racing bucket seats, vintage dashboard gauges, and a wood-rimmed steering wheel.


If you’re ultra-wealthy and don’t want some run of the mill supercar or classic car, there’s really no one to turn to but Christopher Runge and his new 2 seat Runge RS with a steel tube frame, mid engine design and 4 cylinder power plant.

Pricing available Upon Serious Inquiries. Take a look at the Runge RS above and share your thoughts in the comments.

Come into the world of Runge Cars.





Auteur: amr63

Yakymour, home of Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, thè place in the mid 50's 'till the late 80's, where fashion, art, beauty and love meet each other, from all over the world.... Playing as a child in the garden of Yakymour was a happy, innocent time, thanx to ‘Grandma’ Yaky and to Sadruddin, where I could be fully myself and forget ‘the bad things’, and get some strenght. The Last 30 years working as cosmetologist and as a make-up artist for television, theatre, film, fotoshoots, fashion shows, celebrities and individuals gave me a trunk full of experience. My work brought me all over the world and had photoshoot's on location in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, India a.o. At this Blog you will find many reviews of cosmetics, fashion, art, and everything beautiful, as an ode to Begum Om Habibeh 'Yaky' Aga Khan, and named after the place where 'everything' was beautiful: Yakymour. You will find here all the in and outs about skincare, perfums, and make-up, the do's and don'ts, the why's and how's.... The stories behind, and some great interviews... So when you have any question.... please ask. Come on in.... feel yourself at home at Yakymour! Jean Amr P.S. My apologies for future grammatical errors. English is not my mother language :)

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