In Porsche 911: 50 Years, bestselling author Randy Leffingwell celebrates a half-century of one of the worldÆs premiere sports cars, focusing on the major themes that have defined Porsche's rear-engined wonder. He tells the whole storyùdesign and development, racing and competition, engineering and technology, style and culture. All the iconic 911 models are included: the original 901 prototype that set the standard; the legendary RS models that made the little Porsche a dominant force on the worldÆs racetracks; the infamous Turbo, the car that kept the performance flame alight during the dark, dismal decade of the 1970s; the fabled 959, the model that redefined the term ôsports carö; the 993, last of the original air-cooled models; and the 996, 997, and 991, the liquid-cooled cars that brought the 911 into a new millennium. But beyond telling the story of the cars, this book also spotlights the people behind them: Ferdinand ôButziö Porsche, the son of legendary Porsche founder Ferdinand ôFerryö Porsche, who co-designed the instantly recognizable 911 shape; Peter W. Schutz, the Porsche CEO who saved the 911 from extinction; and Dr. Helmuth Bott, the engineering genius behind many of the groundbreaking technologies that have defined the 911, including fuel injection, turbocharging, and all-wheel-drive. Leffingwell also tells the story of the 911 communityùthe clubs and culture that surround the car. Together, all of these facets make Porsche 911: 50 Years the most essential book in any Porsche fanÆs library
Hardcover, 256 pages, 10 x 12.25 in. Illustrations: 150 color & 150 b/w images.