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Porsche 911 Story: The entire development history Hardcover – November 11, 2002

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Victory Lane, January 2007

“This book is chockfull of drawings, photos, stories, charts, specs, all told by one who is one of the top sports car racers … If you could only have one 911 book, this is it!”

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About the Author

Paul Frere - engineer, writer, and former top racing driver - has driven virtually every Porsche 911 variant. He is the author of My Life Full of Cars: Behind the wheel with the world's top motoring journalist, in which this marque features strongly. He lives in Monaco.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing; 8th edition (November 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859608396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859608395
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The author really knows these cars. He's owned them, driven them, and even raced them for the factory.
There's a huge amount of technical information, but its presented in a informative and well-written way. The chapter on engine development is worth the price of the book alone; every design change is described and explained.
Perhaps the only critisism is that Paul Frere likes the 911 too much. The disasterious self-leveling suspension episode isn't really mentioned, nor are the many problems that have occured with the 2.7 litre cars in the hotter climates of the USA.
Overall this is a great book; if you have any technical interest at all 911s, this is the book to get.
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This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in a technical overview on the evolution of the Porsche 911. Chapters include topics such as engine, transmission, and body evolution. Well illustrated and written by a true expert in the field. Excellent appendixes with comparison tables of every aspect of the car you can think of. A must read if you are considering purchasing a 911.
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No living automotive author can match the elegance and technical depth of Paul Frere's writing. Accordingly, only Frere could produce such a book as this, dense with minute technical detail, yet balanced with a broad view of how Porsche designed, raced, and evolved the 911.
The look on Frere's face as he sits in his own Carrera (in the color photograph section of the book) says it all: the 911 is a singular automobile, and this is the author to tell its story.
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THE book for any fan of the 911. Frere's engineering knowledge combined with his racing experience mixed with his close relationship with the Porsche Factory makes this book the reference for all things 911. Mr. Frere's writing style is easy to read while containing vast amounts of detail and content. If I had one criticism or suggestion, it would be to rewrite the book in one cohesive style. Since the book has gone through 6 editions, the information on the later cars has been patched onto the existing manuscript. A total rewrite would allow Mr. Frere to integrate every aspect of the 911 evolution. It would give the book a seamless flow and greater continuity. With the end of the air cooled cars, now is the time for that rewrite.
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Great book for any Porsche entusiast. Excellent coverage on the engines types, changes to body, suspensions, etc. If you want to get technical the infomration is also there. If you love Porsche this is a book to have!
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Format: Hardcover
I've read them all, and this is by far the most comprehensive and well written book on the 911.
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Over the course of a couple of decades, Paul Frere has established himself as the definitive expert on the Porsche 911, it's predecessors and the models derived from the basic 911 platform. This book is not for the faint of heart casual reader. There are endless pages of discussions of changes to transmission gearing, updates to engines, tweaks to suspensions and so on and so forth for hundreds of pages. There is also substantial coverage of the Porsche's racing career, but that could occupy a half dozen books by itself and so the coverage in this book is more of an overview, and for that it's surprisingly rather dull reading.

The book contains hundreds of photos, drawings and illustrations, including a color section, so the text is broken up and enhanced by them. Some details described in the text could use further illustration, but I suspect that the true Porsche aficionado (of which I am not one) is better informed.

This book is most definitely not recommended for the casual reader. Even those with a passing interest in automobiles should seriously consider the degree of commitment to which they might wish to aspire before undertaking this book. Only the true Porsche-o-phile might be inclined to give it a try.
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This is a technical book that is not for the average auto enthusiast. This book details the year by year development of all the systems, from engine to suspension to body shell design. It's a must have for the hard core Porschophile.
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