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Porsche 911: 50 Years Hardcover – 15 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First Edition, First edition (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760344019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760344019
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 2.9 x 31.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘an exhaustive history of the 911… I wholeheartedly recommend it.’

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Porsche 911: 50 Years provides the Porsche fan with everything he or she could possibly want in a book. All the iconic 911 models are here: the original 901 prototype that set the standard; the legendary RS models that made the Porsche a dominant force on the world's race tracks; the infamous Turbo, the car that kept the peformance flame alight during the dark, dismal 1970s; the fabled 959, the Porsche that redefined the term “supercar”; the 993, last of the original air-cooled models; and the 996, 997, and 991, the liquid-cooled cars that brought the 911 into a new millenium. But more than just telling the story of these cars, author Randy Leffingwell tells the story of the people behind their creation: Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, the son of legendary Porsche founder Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche who, along with Erwin Komenda, designed the instantly recognizable 911 shape; Peter W. Schutz, the Porsche CEO who saved the 911 from extinction; and Dr. Helmuth Bott, the mad engineering genius behind many of the groundbreaking technologies that have defined the 911, like fuel injection, turbocharging, and all-wheel-drive.  This book also tells the story of the 911 community—the clubs and culture that surround the car. No Porsche fan will want to miss this fantastic book.

Author bio: Randy Leffingwell, best-selling Motorbooks author and renowned photographer, has earned a reputation as one of the most thorough Porsche historians working today. He has written and photographed over two dozen books on topics ranging from farm tractors to motorcycles to cars to barns.

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I bought this book as a 60th birthday present for my Porsche fanatic neighbour. He had been invited to a 50th Anniversary show but was not able to attend so this book filled the gap. He was absolutely delighted with it and hasn't been able to put it down. Lots of reminising along the way too.
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I purchased this book as a gift and have just learnt from it's new owner "This book is a well informative a great read and as for the photographic information powerful.
So happy with this choice.
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Bought as a present for a friend who owns a Carrera. He loved it for the stories, pictures and general feel. Much recommended!
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This is an excellent book covering the 50 year history of the Porsche 911 series of cars. It details the history of the 911 up to the 991 series but not the Turbo, Turbo S or Targa models.

The "definitive" book, in my opinion, on the history of the 911 is the "911 Story" by Paul Frere and Tony Dron. This book, whilst not containing quite the level of detailed information as the 911 Story, is an easier read and is a very worthy addition to any collection of books on the 911 or Porsche in general.
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I bought this thinking it would be full of precise and accurate technical detail. Sadly this isn't the case. I've a 997.2 turbo S and the book states the turbo S is a 3.6 litre. Nope, the 997.1 turbo was a 3.6 litre but the 997 gen 2 turbo and all 997 turbo S cars are 3.8.

"Taking advantage of DFi enhancements to the 3.6 litre Mezger block, but essentially doing nothing with either the turbos or intercoolers while increasing boost from 1.0 to 1.2 bar took horsepower up to 530 throughout the range from 6250 to 6750 rpm." (Page 178)

These incorrect details stood out because I know my car. So what about the details on other cars? It kind of throws in some doubt on the other facts within the book - which I now take with a pinch of salt.

It is a shame because the history and evolution discussions are interesting and very different to Paul Frere's 911 bible.

This book could be great with a bit more work. Pictures are excellent and it compliments the Paul Frere book without simply duplicating everything. Mistakes though let it down.
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as a Porsche owner , this book is probably the best on the market to commemorate the 50 years , including pictures and articles ive not seen before , whether new to Porsche or an ardent fan or owner this is well worth adding to your library , especially now the prices have slipped a bit
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Very Good photos and content as well as a excellente book for the living room (if the wife let it)
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It shall make a great present for my Dad who loves his cars :)
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