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Old 11-04-2018, 03:30 PM
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The Porsche books in my library continue to accumulate, so thought it would be good if you are among the truly deluded Porsche lovers for whom nothing is too trivial.There had been a massive amount written about Porsche ( and Ferrari of course), and over the years I have come across some good ones.


Porsche Early History

Ferdinand Porsche was designing cars from the end of the 19th century so most of his personal achievements occurred before the found go Porsche in 1948, and he would die in 1950

The best book on his history is Porsche Genesis of Genius ( Ludvigsen) which covers all of his work from the beginning up to the Auto Union days





Things get a little sensitive during the **** era, but there are some books ti be found:

Professor Porsche’s War Machines ( Ludvigsen) describes well his military escapades:




A little more pointed information can be found in Hitler’s Motor Racing Battles that covers the Porsche-Designed Auto Unions



Also a small book on VW of the era is useful:
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Porsche from 1948

The most essential single publication on Porsches is “Porsche- excellence was expected”…(Ludvigsen) 3 vols…very well written.





The second essential is the Porsche Book ( Barth) which exhaustively covers productions details for every car…




For early history of the Gmund days “ Porsche - Origin of the Species” is very good



The Prototype era: excellent photographs



The Ultimate Book of the Aircooled 911 is outstanding but expensive ( 911 copies made)




Porsche and me ( Hans Mezger)
One of the greatest of all engineers has written an entertaining book.
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Model specific books:

A very limited edition about the 356SL..” The last eleven”




The Porsche 917:

The. official Porsche publication on the 917 is comprehensive:




Porsche 917 Photographic History is good ( Smale)


Porsche 917 The undercover story ( Wingrove ) is just superb



Porsche Carrera 2.7 ( Snodgrass) covers the model in exhaustive detail..( 2500 copies)





911RS covers all of the RS cars up to the 991.1




Porsche Advertising:

Die Rennkplate ( large format) has a good selection of 911 racing posters:


Porsche Showroom posters is good for the early road cars;



Porsche Driving

The old book by Vic Elford is a great guide to handing a Porsche on a track (not expensive)
. ( I actually had Vic sign one of my cars recently)



Not sure why these books are specifically about Porsche but they are superb guides if you are planning a drive through the Alps are around Stelvio:




General Interest:

These are much more in the coffee table/visual level and tend to cover the same ground;

The Porsche Book is huge and has wonderful photography but little technical detail:





For the truly obsessed Porsche Sounds come with a CD of a variety of engines running….



General histories are for a casual read:







And finally if you want to know the exact material was used in different seats, or specific light lenses or some fascinating and unpublished histories then 000 Magazine is brilliant. Published quarterly, virtually no advertising ,outstanding production quality. I doubt it any back issues are available ,sadly:
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Thanks for the tip
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Originally Posted by Ronan View Post
Model specific books:




And finally if you want to know the exact material was used in different seats, or specific light lenses or some fascinating and unpublished histories then 000 Magazine is brilliant. Published quarterly, virtually no advertising ,outstanding production quality. I doubt it any back issues are available ,sadly:

Great compilation, Ronan, and thank you!

I believe all issues of 000 from Issue 001 forward are available, though 2-3 are getting to low supply.

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If one was inclined to be rather less focused, then consider 2 books by Randy Leffingwell

Porsche 911, 50 years. and Porsche 70 years. Both good reads.

Also Porsche 911 Story by Paul Frere and Tony Dron.

As stated not as focused as the other books, but nevertheless lots of detail given.

Enjoy, Tony
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If you want to see how Porsche built a car from the ground up then read Project 928.
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That is one mighty collection!

While mine pales in comparison, they are different.







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what ?? no " The Gold Plated Porsche" yet ??

fair to say we all buy Porsches for different reasons .. my very small and humble Library I am constantly reading.






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There you go. Read it a few years ago...

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That book will have to be revised based on the large fortune sunk into this gold plated Porsche...…


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