PORSCHE 911: THE DE­FIN­I­TIVE HIS­TORY; 1997 TO 2005

Brian Long En­larged sec­ond edi­tion, pub­lished 2017 by Ve­loce, which sup­plied the re­view copy ISBN 978-1-845848-97-2 Re­viewed by Mark Hol­man

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I bet that when Porsche in­tro­duced the 901 (quickly re­named ‘911’, thanks to Peu­geot), no one imag­ined how long the model and its di­rect suc­ces­sors would last — or that Brian Long would be on to the fifth vol­ume of his De­fin­i­tive His­tory!

This book cen­tres on the 996, the first of the wa­ter-cooled mod­els. The au­thor first gives a pot­ted his­tory of the mar­que, and then takes the reader on a de­tailed and in­ter­est­ing tour of all things 996: how it was de­vel­oped, the many vari­a­tions and op­tions over its nine-year life, com­pe­ti­tion mod­els and rac­ing suc­cesses, and how the car was pro­moted in its key mar­kets. While the look of the 996 re­mained much the same, many changes were in­tro­duced over its life­time; some as ma­jor as four-wheel drive and other mi­nor ones like the colour of the badg­ing — al­though I think that the ref­er­ence to the Club Sport GT2 be­ing equipped with “bucket seats trimmed in flammable cloth” is a mis­print! The in­tro­duc­tion of the 997 brings the book to a close.

Il­lus­trated through­out with fac­tory pho­tos, plus a neat se­lec­tion of ads from the US, Europe, and Ja­pan, this 224page book should be en­joyed by the many fans of this ev­er­green Porsche model.

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