Although simply titled, the revised edition of The Porsche 911 Book reveals the detailed backstory and lineage of the iconic model
Another Porsche book? Well, thankfully, yes, and a fine one it is. This tome, simply titled The Porsche 911 Book, is published by teNeues of Germany and printed in the Czech Republic. Although not new to market, it has been recently released in a revised edition, following a successful run of 40,000 copies sold since its initial publication in 2013. With text by Jürgen Lewandowski and photos by René Staud, this 192-page hardcover documents nearly every variant of Porsche’s most beloved model.
The book’s premise, of course, is that the Porsche 911 is the most successful sports car ever made, a claim that’s hard to argue given the model’s decades of dominance in motorsport and in dealer showrooms. The Porsche 911 is a perennial favourite, and driving – or owning – a 911 is almost a rite of passage for car enthusiasts, in the same way that cars powered by a V-12 or classic American V-8 engine set benchmarks for performance and personality within the world of sports cars.
At the time of the 911’s inception, it would have been impossible to predict that the development of the model would be a tale spanning more than 50 years. While followers of 911 history would be correct in citing 1964 as the beginning of production, the saga begins much earlier with a single T7 prototype in 1959. An oddity and an outlier, the green machine prefigured the familiar 911 shape, from the A-pillar forward. Photographed in profile, it suggests the automotive equivalent of the Dimetrodon dinosaur.