Porsche Books (by and about Porsche) ~ 1950-

Porsche - Origin of the Species

Within Jerry Seinfeld s renowned Porsche collection resides an unassuming yet extraordinary piece of Porsche history: Porsche Gmund coupe 356/2-040. Captured exclusively for this book in a series of evocative portraits by acclaimed automotive photographer Michael Furman, 040's unsullied originality conveys with startling immediacy the combination of artistry, innovation and determination that went into its improbable creation.

Written by the prolific Karl Ludvigsen (see our review of Excellens was Expected below) this book is an in-depth exploration into the specific influences and circumstances that brought forth the first Porsche-badged sports cars.

 
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Ferdinand Porsche - Genesis of Genius

Subtitled 'Road, Racing and Aviation Innovation' the genius of Ferdinand Porsche leaps out even before this massive book is opened!

Written by the prolific Karl Ludvigsen (see our review of Excellence Was Expected below) this charts the ambition, determination and genius of Porsche in shaping the transportaion industries and starting a dynasty still at the forefront of automotive brilliance.

 
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The Porsche Book

The subtitle is "The Complete History of Types and Models" and that pretty well sums up this three volume moster. Volume One covers the rear-engined cars and their racing derivatives; volume two is devoted to mid- and front-engined cars; volume three focuses on Porsche race only cars.

This is a truly amazing compendium of Porsche facts including techical descriptions, original specifications, model evolution (year-by-year) and color schemes.

An invaluable reference to back up your on-line PorscheArchive.

 
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Porsche: The Engineering Story

Since its post-war evolution, Porsche has gained a reputation for technical innovation and the use of cutting-edge technology in its road cars. This book explores Porsche's technical history with each chapter starting at a crucial point in the company's evolution. From Dr Porsche's preparation of high-powered prototype (VW) Beetles for competition purposes, to the technology incorporated in the latest Cayenne and Carrera GT models, as well as recent model 911, the reader is taken on a fascinating journey through the Porsche archives, revealing many fascinating and previously unknown behind-the-scenes details of the company's engineering story.

 
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Excellence Was Expected

Without doubt, this is the definitive work on the history of Porsche. Author Karl Ludvigsen presents the inner workings, masterpieces and failures of the independent car maker with a disproportionately powerful influence on the entire automotive industry. Remarkable both for its breadth of coverage and its technical depth, Excellence Was Expected covers every Porsche road and racing car from the company's beginnings through the development of the 2009 Panamera.

The latest revision, in 2008, incorporates five new chapters and 230 new images. Including all of the current models, there is also comment on Porsche's remarkable financial trades in 2008.

A must-have for any Porsche enthusiast...

 
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Porsche Sixty Years

Whilst not as comprehensive as Excellence Was Expected, this is nevertheless a desirable addition to the Porsche enthusiast's library.

Author Leffingwell's books are well known for their lavish illustrations and this volume celebrating Porsche's 60th anniversary continues that trend. There are plenty of studio-style, posed colour studies plus period factory, publicity, and racing shots to show you exactly how this great family of sports cars has evolved.

 
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