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Porsche (Enthusiast Color) Paperback – April 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Enthusiast Color
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879389923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879389925
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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



"... 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

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

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 text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. on July 30, 2011
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The book does a good job chronicling Porsche's history. Nice photos. It would be nice if it had some more info on the latest generation 911. Great book for the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richard on August 6, 2013
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The author (Randy Leffingwell) does a pretty good job of relaying the companies inner workings, ambitious engineering, and market successes over time. He does this without glossing over the companies stark problems with inefficiencies, internal conflicts, and financial overreaching that at times could pitch the company toward dire straits.

There are number of recurring economic pressures faced by Porsche through the years. How currency fluctuations and American emission standards adversely effected budgets for car production, engine design, and racing obligations. It also delves into how Volkswagon and Porsche were related, not just in business, but through family ties. Both of which presented their own conflicts and operating challenges.

This book illustrates Porsche history of the highs and lows. Chapter 12 stands out as a great example of this. The spark and vision needed to continue 911 development despite its growing problems. The CEO that reminded his employees of the passion behind the name and the model that built the company. The motivation needed and means to win in racing again. Of course, no story of Porsche is saved from its trend to unraveling and ultimate dysfunction by chapters end.

The books last chapter covers up to 2008 with Porsche engineers making vital updates to the 911 up through the GT's. All culminating with the back story engineering a Boxster variant that would ultimately become the well received Cayman series. This chapter fittingly ends an era of automotive history of Porsche on the upswing.

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By 2009's end Porsche's audacious plan to take over Volkswagon backfired. Ending its run as an independent sports car maker.

Worth the read - Tables Turn in Porsche's Pursuit of VW - Link http://goo.gl/ktj0bX
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By Amber N. Hutchins on July 31, 2013
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Got this as a gift for my father and he loves it. Would haven given 5 stars if the price was a little lower.
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By ed Pack on May 5, 2013
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Good history and over all well written. Sometimes more information than I wanted on the bore and stroke of engines, but overall a good combination technical and historical history of Porsche with a good mix of pictures.
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By Look4ABook on December 2, 2012
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Bought it as a gift. It was very well received by the gentleman who got it, and he's a Porsche fanatic.
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