"911: Supposedly a random sequence of numbers—in automotive reality the code word for the most successful sports car in the history of the automobile, the victor in thousands of races and a legend that for more than half a century has reinvented itself time and again, yet without losing sight of its roots."
So begins the newly updated and revised version of the ultimate Porsche 911 coffee table book, originally created to celebrate the 911's 50th anniversary, new from German luxury publisher teNeues. Succinctly titled The Porsche 911 Book, it showcases the work of ultra-talented automotive photographer and Porsche expert René Staud, and is now available to order on Amazon.
Starting with the 911's world premiere in Frankfurt in 1963, the lavishly illustrated tome features text by veteran scribe Jurgen Lewandowski, of an introductory nature as well as specifics on the 911's antecedents, in the form of the first T7-based prototype completed in 1959, all the way to the most modern iterations of the iconic sports car.
"Thanks to the brilliant contours designed by Ferdinand Alexander 'Butzi' Porsche, and thanks to the wonderful 2-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine, the model had tremendous promise," he writes of its debut. "At a glance, one could see it was a timeless beauty, and the hoarse sound of the air-cooled, six-cylinder engine promised performance, adventure and racing success."
As Lewandowski notes, "René Staud certainly ranks among the leading automobile photographers of the last few decades. As a result, each of his images [originally made] to commemorate the 50-year history of the legendary 911 bears the mark of its creator, but they go beyond this. They exhibit a remarkable distinctiveness, noblesse and refinement in their placement of color contrasts, of light and shadow, and of compositional weighting in a compelling conclusiveness."
Looking back as the model approaches its 60th anniversary, "The 911 holds a certain fascination, and it always will," Lewandowski writes. "Over the decades, it has become larger and faster—and there are more versions: Coupé, Cabriolet, Targa, Turbo, RS, and many of them with and without four-wheel drive. And yet the essence has remained the same—the 911 is the perfect sports car."
And here you have the perfect book about the perfect sports car, now more relevant than ever before. We'd suggest adding a copy to your library asap.