Porsche 911: 50 Years

Porsche 911: 50 Years

Format: Hardcover, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780760344019
Publisher: Motorbooks
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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. Randy 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. Beyond telling the story of the cars, Porsche 911: 50 years 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 owner or fan's library.

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 Porsche 911 50 Years, Corvette 60 Years, and The Art of the Corvette. Leffingwell is considered one of the top Porsche historians working today, and he enjoys a close working relationship with Porsche AG. He lives in southern California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

Format: Hardcover, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780760344019
Illustrations: 150 color & 150 b/w images
Size: 10 in x 12.25 in / 254 mm x 311 mm

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"Author Randy Leffingwell hunkers down like a 911 at speed, efficiently tracing the car's history through four major themes: its birth, evolution, switch to water-cooled engines and racing. Yet this is more than a litany of sheet metal changes and engines, it also traces the history of the people who influenced the car." - The Virginian Pilot

"Porsche 911: 50 Years is nothing if not enjoyably thorough." - AutoWeek

"Porsche 911: 50 Years is above all a celebration of a peculiarly individual car which in a rational world would never have existed and yet survived and prospered through a half century, evolving and adapting but never losing its highly distinct character. No other brand has ever managed this and Leffingwell’s achievement is the focus he brings to this compelling story. Some of the face-to-face discussions the author was able to hold with current Porsche movers and shakers would have been impossible only a few years ago and this greater openness has extended to the company’s image collection: the book is illustrated by a superb selection of previously unseen Archive photography. Leffingwell has created a splendid monument to the Porsche 911, which more than just the definitive sports car, has defied conformist pressures to become a symbol of endeavour and excellence." - Total911.com

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In the early 60s, those looking for performance art had a couple of options. One could catch Yoko Ono onstage, stone-faced, as strangers snipped off pieces of her loose black dress. Compelling. But on September 13, 1963, the world was introduced to a more palatable—even beautiful—marriage of performance and art: the Porsche 911. The vehicle quickly became the definitive—and disruptive—sports car, somehow squeezing two jump seats and an engine into its svelte tail. Read More.