Porsche: A History of Excellence

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No other sports car has had a run like Porsche’s, on the street or on the world’s racetracks. This richly illustrated volume tells the story of that fabled marque. Renowned automotive writer and photographer (and Porsche aficionado) Randy Leffingwell focuses his lens on each important model from the first 356 to today’s Cayman and 911. His pictures, in-depth analyses of each car and its context, and interviews with key personnel comprise a complete, compelling, and often revealing history of the world’s premier ...

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Overview

No other sports car has had a run like Porsche’s, on the street or on the world’s racetracks. This richly illustrated volume tells the story of that fabled marque. Renowned automotive writer and photographer (and Porsche aficionado) Randy Leffingwell focuses his lens on each important model from the first 356 to today’s Cayman and 911. His pictures, in-depth analyses of each car and its context, and interviews with key personnel comprise a complete, compelling, and often revealing history of the world’s premier name in sports cars.

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"... this softbound, updated verion is a budget-priced gem for hardcore Porschephiles and newbies alike.. captures the marque's defining principles in an interesting way." - AutoWeek

“Randy Leffingwell is a Porsche enthusiast – serving as primary reason why this book isn't just another regurgitated account following the history of one of the world's most celebrated marques. Printed as a three-pound soft-cover, the book carries a list price of $30.00 (it is $21.90 right now on Amazon). That's a literary bargain if you're a fan of European sports cars.” – AutoBlog.com

"Richly illustrated, each important model of the fabled marque is covered, with interviews of key personnel and racers included. All of it is well-researched and written, with quality photography and archive photos to back it up. Even if you have shelves full of Porsche books, this one offers a unique and informative treatment for old and new Porsche enthusiasts alike." – Vintage Motorsport

"I'm easily caught up in the quick reading style and insight I haven't come across in other books." - PorschePerfect.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760340165
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 3/4/2011
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 778,531
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Leffingwell wrote his first book, American Muscle, in 1989 while still on staff at the Los Angeles Times. Since then, he has authored another 47 titles for Motorbooks and its sister publisher Voyageur Press, including his most recent Complete Book of Porsche 911 and Corvette 60 Years. He has just finished Porsche 911: Fifty Years, a reexamination of the 911 story based on nearly two dozen new interviews. He lives in southern California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Learn more about him on his website: www.rleffingwell.com.

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Table of Contents


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAPTER ONE 1938–1958 FROM VOLKSWAGEN ROOTS TO PORSCHE PRODUCTION
CHAPTER TWO 1952–1961 RACING IMPROVES THE BREED
CHAPTER THREE 1959–1965 THE NEXT GENERATION
CHAPTER FOUR 1962–1965 RACING IMPROVES THE BREED MORE
CHAPTER FIVE 1964–1972 THE NEW BREED
CHAPTER SIX 1965–1970 RACING TAKES ON ITS OWN DESTINY
CHAPTER SEVEN 1970–1976 INVITING THE NEXT GENERATION
CHAPTER EIGHT 1969–1975 THE WIDOW MAKER BECOMES A LEGEND
CHAPTER NINE 1973–1979 NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION
CHAPTER TEN 1973–1981 NECESSITY IS STILL THE MOTHER OF INVENTION
CHAPTER ELEVEN 1981–1985 RACING TO NEW HORIZONS
CHAPTER TWELVE 1982–1989 FROM OBLIVION TO THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN 1989–1995 EXTENDING LINES ON THE WALL
CHAPTER FOURTEEN 1995–1998 THE END OF AIR-COOLING ON ROAD AND TRACK
CHAPTER FIFTEEN 1997–2005 TWO CARS ONE FACE
CHAPTER SIXTEEN 1994–2007 REMINDING LE MANS OF PORSCHE’S CAPABILITY
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN 2003–2008 CHANGING PERCEPTIONS AND THE BOTTOM LINE
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN 2004–2005 HEARING A NEW DRUMBEAT
CHAPTER NINETEEN 2005–2008 BACK TO THE FUTURE
CHAPTER TWENTY 2005–2008 THREATENING TRADITION
INDEX
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