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Automoblog Book Garage: Porsche 911: 50 Years

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With this Book Garage series, I want to believe we are helping preserve the finer, more memorable things in automotive culture. All of the books we feature illustrate the special connection we have with automobiles, be it at the race track, the auction block, or in our very own driveway.

That said, we are thrilled to see the Porsche 911 and its legacy preserved in print.

Fifty & Counting

Porsche 911: 50 Years tells the story behind the automaker’s rear engine machine. From design and development, to the lifestyles associated with the 911, nothing is left to chance. The book explores the first 901 prototype, the RS nameplate that kept Prosche alive on the track, and the Turbo which carried the brand through one of racing’s more difficult periods.

People & Places

Porsche 911: 50 Years also follows Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, son of Founder Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, who co-designed the 911; Peter W. Schutz, the Porsche CEO who saved the 911; and Dr. Helmuth Bott, the mind behind the engineering of things like fuel injection, turbocharging, and all-wheel drive for the 911.

The book also explores the deep culture and loyal following behind the 911.

The 2006 Model 997 Turbo delivered 480 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, a 60-horsepower increase over the second-generation 996 models. Porsche offered it only on the all-wheel-drive platform. Porsche ArchivOn the Rossfeld hillclimb in 1966, Eberhard Mahle drove this 166-horsepower 911 to victory. At season end, he placed first in the European Hillclimb Championship. Porsche ArchivRené Metge and co-driver Dominique LeMoine during a training leg for the 1984 Paris-Dakar raid challenged the forward tipping point of their 953 4x4. Such techniques paid off for Metge and LeMoine, who won the automobile class. Porsche Archiv


Randy Leffingwell is a bestselling Motorbooks author and photographer, based in Santa Barbara, California. He has written and photographed over two dozen books on transportation. Leffingwell demonstrates both his knowledge and passion for the 911 in this book, making it a wonderful collectible for any Porsche enthusiast.

Porsche 911: 50 Years is available through Amazon and Motorbooks. Once you have this book in your collection, it will be impossible not to fall in love with the Porsche 911 all over again.

*Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. 

Porsche 911: 50 Years Gallery

Porsche introduced the 356B in late 1959 as a 1960 model. Within Porsche it was known as Technical Program 5, or T5, and this was a chassis and platform that saw much use in developing the next and the new Porsche. Porsche ArchivThe 901 sales brochure was obsolete within days of the Paris Auto Salon because French carmaker Peugeot protested the designation. The color and black-and-white publication became a collector’s item when Porsche renamed the car the 911. Porsche ArchivSix months after the Frankfurt debut, Porsche showed a Quick Blue–painted 911 prototype, chassis 13 326, along with a bright red 904 at the Geneva, Switzerland, auto show. Porsche shared show space with Volkswagen. Porsche ArchivThis 1967 base 911 model probably was one of very few ever used to tow a caravan mobile home. The fender mirrors were likely aftermarket accessories. Porsche ArchivThe four-seater idea continued to fascinate Porsche, and in October 1969, Pininfarina delivered its concept of a new four-seater 911. Assembled on chassis 320020, it used an S engine developing 180 horsepower. Porsche ArchivOn Weissach’s open road jump test, a driver  challenged the car’s functions, strength, and durability. Weissach engineers often reported that visitors from other carmakers watched these tests, shook their heads, and said, “No wonder!” Porsche ArchivThe 1977 model year 911 lineup posed on a Weissach test track curve for a photo. From left, a Turbo 3.0 coupe, a 911S Targa, a Carrera 3.0 coupe, and a base 2.7 coupe. Porsche ArchivOne of the final pilot-production 959s underwent yet another round of development tests. With all the car’s new technology, Porsche lost money on the series but won Weissach countless consulting clients from dozens of carmakers. Porsche ArchivAfter displaying the Gruppe B concept car in 1985 and introducing the production model as the 959 in 1986, Porsche needed to keep visitors and journalists excited. This 3.2 Speedster studie, for Frankfurt 1987, did exactly that. Porsche Archiv–Photo by Jens TornerA chance to test drive the new Carrera 4 proved irresistible even to world rally champion Carlos Sainz. The 993 C4 appeared as a late 1994 model.
Porsche ArchivWith its wind deflector in place, the 996 Cabrio showed off the graceful lines Pinky Lai had labored to produce. Cabrio buyers received an aluminum hardtop as part of their purchase price. Porsche ArchivPorsche 911 50 Years Cover

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