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Porsche 911: 50 Years [Hardcover]

Randy Leffingwell
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15 Oct 2013
In Porsche 911: 50 Years, bestselling author Randy Leffingwell celebrates a half-century of one of the world’s premiere sports cars, focusing on the major themes that have defined Porsche's rear-engined wonder. He tells the whole story—design and development, racing and competition, engineering and technology, style and culture. All the iconic 911 models are included: the original 901 prototype that set the standard; the legendary RS models that made the little Porsche a dominant force on the world’s racetracks; the infamous Turbo, the car that kept the performance flame alight during the dark, dismal decade of the 1970s; the fabled 959, the model that redefined the term “sports car”; 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 millennium. But beyond telling the story of the cars, this book also spotlights the people behind them: Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, the son of legendary Porsche founder Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, who co-designed the instantly recognizable 911 shape; Peter W. Schutz, the Porsche CEO who saved the 911 from extinction; and Dr. Helmuth Bott, the engineering genius behind many of the groundbreaking technologies that have defined the 911, including fuel injection, turbocharging, and all-wheel-drive. Leffingwell also tells the story of the 911 community—the clubs and culture that surround the car. Together, all of these facets make Porsche 911: 50 Years the most essential book in any Porsche fan’s library.

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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: 31 x 25.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

(Oversteer.org.uk)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Porsche lovers 3 Feb 2014
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the better ones 10 Feb 2014
By mr c
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Present for a Man who Likes Porsches 16 Dec 2013
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As this was bought as a Christmas present it has not given or opened .... However, if does look a good book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice non technical read on the history of the 911 13 Nov 2013
By Blaine - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a nice volume telling the story of the development and evolution of the Porsche 911. This is a light read with quality photos. It is not a model year by model year 911 book and is light on the technical details. Even though there are many books on the subject, this one has new interviews and technical drawings that I have not seen in other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Porsche Club Newsletter 13 Jan 2014
By James M. Lamb - Published on Amazon.com
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A newly released book is taking a prominent position on my Porsche Book Shelf. I have plenty of coffee table books that are good for lots of pretty pictures, but this one is between them and my hard core references such as Karl Ludvigsen’s. There are two areas where it excels, the use of quotes from Porsche people at and below the department heads, and the other is why each generation of the 911 was changed, especially the 991 generation.
The author, Randy Leffingwell, has written dozens of books on transportation, including photographic duties. Porsche 911: 50 Years is 256 pages with 300 photos, including many photos and drawings from Porsche’s archives. It is well worth it.
It starts with the 356 era, and Erwin Komenda’s shop’s design for variations and replacements. Randy had access to interviews, new and old, with the less familiar names such as Eugen Kolb, Gerhard Schröder, and Heinrich Klie. You get a much better feeling of how executives such as Ferry and Komenda got along. You also discovered how these lesser known names should be credited with some well-known designs or ideas.
This kind of depth continues through each generation of the 911. You get a better understanding of how Porsche kept getting smarter with their designs. From a 901 design with no thoughts of a convertible, and very little thought of racing it, to designing the 991 for 22 models and racing versions before it hit the auto shows. I was surprised to learn they wanted to water cool the 993, but there was too much to do in little time.
The 911 street generations are followed by a racing chapter. It starts with the 911 hill-climbers, and proceeds through 935s, 959s, and GT series.
The book ends with a statement from Peter Schutz. We praise him for entering Helmuth Bott’s office and using an indelible marker, started from the 911’s expiration date to extend the line around the room to the opposite wall. Schutz said in a 2004 interview “Porsche is in the business of selling memberships in a dream.” Porschephiles should read this one.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not the definitive account 27 Nov 2013
By NattyBoston - Published on Amazon.com
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Decent history of the 911 but the book is not very well written. A lot of filler, not a lot of technical information and very little about each model (Carerra 3.2 v 964 v 993 etc.), the improvements it made over the last, problems associated with each etc. It's a fairly enjoyable read, but it's not the definitive Porsche 911 overview
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun coffee table book 29 Mar 2014
By Vince D. Duperron - Published on Amazon.com
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Read the book in a bit more than a day (not feeling well). Well made, well illustrated. Author could have done more research and better editing would have made this a better book. The author covers the transition from 356 to 911 in great detail. The first Targa gets a fair treatment. The transition from air to water cooling is mentioned but not in much detail. The transition from 993 to 996 is discussed but a much better understanding would have been achieved had the author put the 911 developments in context with what was happening in the rest of the company (we now have SUVs, roadsters, saloons, etc).

Better editing would have made this a better book to read from cover to cover. It suffers from non-sequiturs and other continuity gaps.

All that said, I did read the whole thing and did enjoy myself.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 911 overview 17 Jan 2014
By Jerry M. Hampton - Published on Amazon.com
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Most Porschephiles (like me), as well as fans of other marques, are familiar with the literary works of noted author & photographer Randy Leffingwell. In this new book he has now done for the Porsche 911 what he did for the Corvette a few years ago; namely chronicle the history of one of the icons of sports car history in an overview with words and his wonderful photographic skills. I have added this new work to my collection of noteworthy Porsche books and if you love and admire the 911 and it's heritage (and who doesn't), this special offering from Motorbooks is a MUST HAVE!
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