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Porsche 75th Anniversary Expect the Unexpected

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-11-22
  • Publisher: Motorbooks

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In Porsche 75th Anniversary: Expect the Unexpected, the full story of Germany’s fabled marque is revealed through a richly illustrated account of its most surprising moves and successes.

Few other sports car manufacturers can match Porsche’s success in the showroom or on the world’s race tracks. In this stunning volume, automotive historian, photographer, and recognized Porsche expert Randy Leffingwell focuses his attention on the key moments and models that have created the Porsche legend, from the original Gmund coupe to today’s 911, Cayenne, Panamera, and all-electric Taycan.

Leffingwell’s recounting of Porsche’s history is accompanied by rare images from Porsche’s own archive and punctuated with quotes and observations from key personnel. It’s a thorough, compelling, and revealing look at one of the world’s premier car makers.

Created with Porsche’s cooperation, Porsche 75 Years takes you behind the scenes of Stuttgart’s most famous cars as well as its key players. This book offers something for all Porsche enthusiasts, whether they are rear-engine loyalists, race fans, or followers of contemporary vehicles like the Cayman, Boxster, Macan, and Taycan.

Celebrate 75 years of Porsche excellence!

Author Biography

Randy Leffingwell wrote his first book, American Muscle, in 1989 while still on staff at the Los Angeles Times. Since then, he has authored more than 50 other titles, covering subjects from sports cars to motorcycles to farm tractors. Leffingwell is considered one of the top transportation photographers and historians working today. Some of his previous best-selling Motorbooks titles include Art of the Corvette, Porsche 911: Fifty Years, John Deere: A History of the Tractor, and The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection (with Darwin Holmstrom). He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Hurley Haywood raced Porsches and won for decades in cars from Porsche Werks and the legendary Brumos Team. He won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, and 1991. Haywood was victorious at Le Mans in 1977 racing a Porsche 936, in 1983 in a Typ 956, and in 1994 driving a Porsche Dauer 962 GT LM. He also finished first overall at Sebring (1973 and 1981). He also earned two IMSA GT Championship titles, a Trans-Am Championship, one SuperCar title, and raced the Indianapolis 500 eighteen times. Haywood is well known to Porsche enthusiasts as the honorary chief—and most sought-after—driving instructor at the Porsche Track Experience at Barber Motor Sports Park. Born May 4, 1948, Haywood retired from professional racing in 2012.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Hurley Haywood
We’re Racing to Rome in a Beetle?
Typ 60 and 64
Wait! Dusio Pays the Ransom?
Typ 360 Cisitalia Grand Prix Car
I Didn’t See Anything I Wanted
Typ 356/1
It’s Better than Repairing Tractors and Manufacturing
Well Pumps!
Rebirth in Gmünd
Porsche’s 356 Was Evergreen—and So Was Its Favorite Color
Mass Production in Zuffenhausen
Adventures in the Middle
Typ 550 to Typ 718 WRS
Open-Wheel Triumph and Tribulation
Typ 718 to 804
Replace It? Are you Mad? Replace It! It’s Time!
Typ 901, 902, 911, 912
Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
Typ 904 Carrera GTS and 906 Carrera 6
The 911 Perfected, Polished, and Plenty Potent
911 S, 911 R, 911 RS 911 RSR
Is There Room on the Podium?
Typ 910, 907, 909, 908
No One Expected the 917
Typ 917 K and L, 917 PA Spyder, 917/10, 917/30
Caught in the Middle
Typ 914-4, 914-6, 914-6GT, 916
Exhaust Gas Makes You Go Faster!
Turbocharging the 911
Freeing the Whale
Group 5 and Group 4 Silhouette Racers
There’s a Car in the Museum?
Typ 936
I Need Antifreeze with a Porsche?
Typ 928, 924, 944, 968
What Do You Mean It Can Stick to the Ceiling?
Ground Effects
Anyone Bring Sunblock?
911 Cabriolet
Open Wheels to New Horizons
Leaving Racing to Customers
Typ 956, 962
What’s a Supercar?
Typ 953, 959, 961, 964 Carrera 2
Taking the Middle
Typ 986 Boxster, 987 Cayman
Going for Overall Victory. Again.
911 GT1
Water-Cool the 911? Heresy!
Typ 996, 997, 991, 992
Porsche’s Building an SUV? Heresy!
Another Supercar? About Time!
Carrera GT
And Now a Sedan? Heresy!
Returning to Battle, the Racing Becomes Electric
Typ RS Spyder, 918, and 919
Porsche Goes Silent
Formula E, Mission E, Taycan, Mission R, Macan


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