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Porsche: A History of Excellenceby Randy Leffingwell
Synopses & Reviews
Say the word Porsche, and the first idea that springs to mind is engineering excellence. Throughout its storied history, Porsche has produced some of the world’s most finely engineered automobiles. While some companies pursue form over function, Porsche has taken the opposite approach, making no compromises in its pursuit of function. But in the case of Porsche automobiles, the function is so stunning that the form that follows cannot help but be exquisitely beautiful. In Porsche: A History of Excellence, author and photographer Randy Leffingwell celebrates the rich history of this fabled marque.
No other sports car has had a run like Porsches, on the street or on the worlds racetracks. This richly illustrated volume tells the story of that fabled marque.
Randy Leffingwell (Montecito, CA), best-selling MBI author and a spectacular photographer, has earned a reputation as one of the most thorough Porsche researchers working today. He has written and photographed over two dozen books on topics ranging from tractors to motorcycles to cars to barns.
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.
About the Author
Randy Leffingwell has blended his fascination with all things mechanical and his gift for writing to create several best-selling, award-winning books including Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Porsche 911: Perfection by Design, and many others. He lives in Montecito, California.
Table of Contents
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
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