Before yesterdays dream car became todays SUV, the reputation of Porsche as a manufacturer of fine sports cars was established. It started with the ideas of Dr Ferdinand Porsche, and a world best seller that spawned a revered line of sports cars. The Porsche 356 and 911 dominated their classes in international racing, leading to more specialized designs that brought glory to the marque, most famously at Le Mans. Porsches success was based on excellent engineering. The firms design consultancy has brought automotive innovation. Such excellence has been centered upon Weissach, the go to place for companies needing a high tech helping hand. Commercial achievement is based on image too. Here, Porsche has carefully chosen its models, and the way they have been sold and promoted. The result, is a unique position in public perception and media coverage. Even during the golden air-cooled era, Porsche wasnt afraid to experiment. The Square Porsche and front-engined coupes, all courted controversy. However, Zuffenhausen believed a Porsche was a Porsche, and soon others did too. The companys tremendous influence in design and engineering has even inspired artistic creation. Like the cars, they represent an inseparable combination of style and substance.
Introduction - Porsche - Established 1931 Chapter 1 From Peoples Bug to the 356 Chapter 2 Porsche evolution - easy as 356A-B-C Chapter 3 Porsche 911 - The very early years (1964-69) Chapter 4 - The 911 enters the RennSport era Chapter 5 Blown Out Of All Pro-Porsche-Un. Turbo Times. Chapter 6 - 911 meets the Yuppie & Le Mans Dominance Chapter 7 - Moving towards the 964 Chapter 8 Porsches future - The 993 Bibliography Footnotes Appendix A - Porsche Quartet Specifications Appendix B - VW / Porsche Specials - Apal & Devin Appendix C - Porsche+Audi - A century of association Appendix D - The Grand Experiment - Front Engined Porsches 1975-1995 Appendix E - The Art Of Porsche Appendix F - The Frontdated 912E Appendix G Carrera RX - The Rallycross 911 Appendix H - Porsche+Audi & VW items of interest
Marc Cranswick has had a lifelong interest in cars and all things mechanical, and has written about and drawn the cars that he loves for many years; these include a variety of European, Japanese and American marques. Formal study of the postwar American car market has led to a series of books about the cars and trucks of the Big 3 and independent automakers. He writes enthusiast-directed model history books, and has involvement with many specialist car clubs. His reference book The Cars of American Motors - An Illustrated History, was featured on NBCs business channel CNBC.