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.
"... this softbound, updated verion is a budget-priced gem for hardcore Porschephiles and newbies alike.. captures the marque's defining principles in an interesting way." - AutoWeek
“Randy Leffingwell is a Porsche enthusiast – serving as primary reason why this book isn't just another regurgitated account following the history of one of the world's most celebrated marques. Printed as a three-pound soft-cover, the book carries a list price of $30.00 (it is $21.90 right now on Amazon
). That's a literary bargain if you're a fan of European sports cars.” – AutoBlog.com
"Richly illustrated, each important model of the fabled marque is covered, with interviews of key personnel and racers included. All of it is well-researched and written, with quality photography and archive photos to back it up. Even if you have shelves full of Porsche books, this one offers a unique and informative treatment for old and new Porsche enthusiasts alike." – Vintage Motorsport
"I'm easily caught up in the quick reading style and insight I haven't come across in other books." - PorschePerfect.com
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.
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 Porsches, on the street or on the worlds racetracks. This richly illustrated volume tells the story of that fabled marque.
About the Author
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 his most recent Complete Book of Porsche 911 and Corvette 60 Years. He has just finished Porsche 911: Fifty Years, a reexamination of the 911 story based on nearly two dozen new interviews. He lives in southern California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Learn more about him on his website: www.rleffingwell.com.
Table of Contents
1938–1958 FROM VOLKSWAGEN ROOTS TO PORSCHE PRODUCTIONCHAPTER TWO
1952–1961 RACING IMPROVES THE BREEDCHAPTER THREE
1959–1965 THE NEXT GENERATIONCHAPTER FOUR
1962–1965 RACING IMPROVES THE BREED MORECHAPTER FIVE
1964–1972 THE NEW BREEDCHAPTER SIX
1965–1970 RACING TAKES ON ITS OWN DESTINYCHAPTER SEVEN
1970–1976 INVITING THE NEXT GENERATIONCHAPTER EIGHT
1969–1975 THE WIDOW MAKER BECOMES A LEGENDCHAPTER NINE
1973–1979 NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTIONCHAPTER TEN
1973–1981 NECESSITY IS STILL THE MOTHER OF INVENTIONCHAPTER ELEVEN
1981–1985 RACING TO NEW HORIZONSCHAPTER TWELVE
1982–1989 FROM OBLIVION TO THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINECHAPTER THIRTEEN
1989–1995 EXTENDING LINES ON THE WALLCHAPTER FOURTEEN
1995–1998 THE END OF AIR-COOLING ON ROAD AND TRACKCHAPTER FIFTEEN
1997–2005 TWO CARS ONE FACECHAPTER SIXTEEN
1994–2007 REMINDING LE MANS OF PORSCHE’S CAPABILITYCHAPTER SEVENTEEN
2003–2008 CHANGING PERCEPTIONS AND THE BOTTOM LINECHAPTER EIGHTEEN
2004–2005 HEARING A NEW DRUMBEATCHAPTER NINETEEN
2005–2008 BACK TO THE FUTURECHAPTER TWENTY
2005–2008 THREATENING TRADITIONINDEX