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Porsche 911: Perfection by Design Hardcover – November 3, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (November 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760320926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760320921
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.3 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, April 2006
“Porsche 911 lovers are in no way lacking for printed reading material. A glance at the average bookseller’s shelf may turn up more Porsche books than any other marque. It takes a great deal to set a new 911 book apart from the crowd, but a near coffee-table-sized format, stylish design and beautiful magazine-style photography do the trick. Lucky for author Randy Leffingwell, his eye-catching Porsche 911: Perfection by Design has all the above.”
        

Reader’s Digest holiday gift guide, December 2005
“Want a Porsche? Who doesn’t? But since most of us can’t afford one, here’s the next best thing: a coffee-table book all about them. Porsche 911 chronicles the sports car’s birth and rise to the top, and has 300-plus drool-inducing photos.”
    

Excellence, June 2006 (No. 1 Porsche-specific magazine in the U.S.)
“Books on Porsche come and go – but standouts are rare. Porsche 911: Perfection by Design is one … What really sets this book apart is the way it endeavors to answer a basic question: ‘Why has the rear-engined 911 been so successful in a world that’s relegated its basic layout to automotive history?’ The in-depth research and telling interviews used to answer that question make this book a bargain at $50.
 
“The story is matched with superb photos. As is often the case with images captured by Leffingwell’s lens, many are the kind you’ll pore over before turning the page.
 
Porsche 911: Perfection by Design is worthy of a place on the shelf alongside Ludvigsen, Aichle, Frere and Sloniger. Think of it as a book that fills in the whys behind the whats of Porsche history – without relying on tired photos or rehashed history. It will make a fine addition to any Porsche library.”

Book Description

On the eve of Porsche’s 60th anniversary, this richly illustrated volume tells the story of that fabled marque. The book features analyses of each important model, putting the cars into their broader context. With fine photographs of each car and interviews with key personnel, Porsche 911 comprises a complete and fascinating history of the world’s premier name in sports cars.

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Great book for the Porsche lovers!
Barney
An excellent 'coffee table' book, great photos and extensive, detailed information on this beautiful piece of machinery!
Porsche Lover
A great review of the development of the 911 from the "901" through the 997.
M. Mark Yenikomshian

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Mark Yenikomshian on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A great review of the development of the 911 from the "901" through the 997. The book traces the history of the 911 through its generations. This is a must-have book if you own a Porsche or dream of owning one. The quality of the photos is excellent and the writing is thoughtful. Some good historical background make this an enjoyable book to read. Street cars and race cars are covered. Putting together a concise, and yet, fresh history of the Porsche 911 is a hard feat... Mr. Leffingwell did it! I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By X. Levadiotis on February 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
..only if you are interested in a pictorial evolution of the 911. The pictures inside are awesome and they are not to be found on the internet. The supplementary text is comprehensive and very informative and the book is readable throughout.

However, you get the feeling that the book is somewhat hastily written after the 964 generation and the inclusion of some Ruf and Gemballa derivatives spoils the story in my humble opinion as they are not original 911s.

Moreover some models are missing and they are mentioned in their racing guises (like the 911 GT2 (993)). No real technical data is supplied but giving it 4 stars would be injustice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By No Bull on August 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book has nice pictures, great for a coffee table book. The text is another matter, pretty mediocre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blaine on December 10, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I found this to be the best history of the 911 yet from the perspective of telling the back story of the car and the story behind the doors at the Porsche design studio. This book also had stories I had never read before and never before seen pictures. I really like this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Barr on February 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is it! The most comprehensive Porsche 911 publication to date. The photographs are amazing and the background information is very accurate.

Fantastic job Mr. Leffingwell!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Lindsay on February 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Randy's book sits prominently in my family room along side other Porsche books and is one of the few that is up to speed with some of the latest offerings from Zuffenhausen. Writing a book on the 911 is nearly impossible because there is so much out there. You have to know where to start and where to end,--and just how much to stuff in the middle. Randy pulls this off with a great selection of photos, most never before seen, and accurate detail of the nuances of the famous 911. The only negative I can find is what puts a book in the top 5% of books, and that is matching copy to photographs,--on the same page. This is extremely hard to do because it is generally unpredictable, where one paragraph or photograph will start or stop. That, along with a handfull of errors in photo IDs keeps it from perfection by design itself but it's nicely assembled and beautifully printed. Anyone with a 911 in their garage should have this book to help explain their addiction to normal people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MarkTwain on October 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has stunning photography and amazing writing. It provides a comprehensive, but not exhaustive history on Porsche's development. The book flows from topic to topic beautifully, making for a engaging read. This has been the best Porsche book I have read, and it was worth every penny. I would reccomend it to anyone who wants to learn more about Porsche, about its development as a company, about its amazing racing heritage, and about the making of the most captivating road car in the world. The Porsche 911.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike W. on June 9, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was certainly an interesting read. It provided some good insight into the history of the Porsche 911 and the innovations that were made. I was somewhat disappointed however in that I was hoping the book would tell me what was good or bad about a particular model; it didn't. I also would have liked photos of the models being discussed incorporated with the text. Overall, I enjoyed the book and better understand the decisions made by Porsche as the company matured.
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