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Automoblog Book Garage: Porsche 911: 50 Years

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.


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

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