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Some readers of my blog asked which books I would recommend about classic Porsche cars or car scene in general. Some asked for the best do-it-yourself books and some for the best coffee table books, the best history books, etc. I’ve bought quite a few over the years, this is the list of books I recommend.

Well, turned out there are more than 10 and I will keep adding great classic car books in the future. If there is anything I should read and might want to add – let me know!

Porsche - The Red Book - Specs & Options, Production Numbers & Data Codes

Porsche 911 Red Book

Potential buyers, collectors and armchair enthusiasts crave all the details that make up the Porsche 911. This book provides all of the critical information (from 1964 to today) enthusiasts need and offers it in a convenient, portable package that can be carried to concours, auctions, club events, or anywhere that quick reference to accurate data is required.

Porsche and Ruf Sportscars - All Porsche since 1948 and Ruf Sportscars since 1977 - Marc Bongers

Porsche and RUF Sports Cars Reference Book

The Ultimate book about Porsche and RUF-Sportscars, all classic Porsches from 1948 and all the Ruf Sportscars. SIGNED TWICE by Marc Bongers

Porsche 911 Source book - The full specification history, 1963 to 2009 - Jörg Austin - Sigmund Walter

Porsche 911 Source Book

Launched way back in 1963 and still in production today, the classic Porsche 911 has become an automotive wonder of the world.  Down the years it has continually evolved, to the point where today’s versions share little more than a name, a shape and an engine configuration with their earliest forebears. 

Porsche - The Racing 914s - Roy Smith

Porsche – The Racing 914s – Limited Edition

The records show that 914s were driven to at least 41 class wins, and at least 71 positions on the other two steps of the podium in Regional, National, and International Rallies. ‘Porsche – the Racing 914s’ is a study in pictures, statistics, factory information, and interviews, that will show the classic Porsche 914 in a whole new light.

Porsche 917 – Archives and Work Catalog - Porsche Museum

Porsche 917 – Archives and Work Catalog

The ultimate book about the Porsche 917. It documents all of the detailed descriptions of developments and test drives and also includes race reports.

101 Projects for your Porsche 911 - Wayne R. Dempsey

101 Projects for your Porsche (1964-1989)

That book guides classic Porsche 911 owners from that period through 101 carefully selected, weekend projects illustrated with step-by-step, full-color studio photography. Divided into three categories-performance, handling, and customization-the projects.

Porsche 911 - Haynes Repair Manual - 1965 thru 1989 - Coupe, Cabriolet, Targa

Porsche 911 Haynes Repair Manual

Haynes disassembles every subject vehicle and documents every step with thorough instructions and clear photos. Haynes repair manuals are used by the pros, but written for the do-it-yourselfer. For Porsche 911 from 1965 to 1989.

How to rebuild and modify Porsche 911 Engines 1965-1989 - Wayne R. Dempsey

How to rebuild and modify Porsche 911 engines

From dropping the engine, to reconditioning and blueprinting, through final reinstallation and break-in, Dempsey guides you step-by-step through the pitfalls often experienced by even the best mechanics. Essential information for do-it-yourselfers and for those looking to hire a professional.

Porsche 911 Performance Handbook 1963-1998 - Bruce Anderson

Porsche 911 Performance Handbook

This book shows anyone with the tools and a modicum of skill how to make this great car even better with performance-enhancing tricks and techniques ranging from subtle to extreme.  Focusing solely on the air-cooled cars produced from 1963 (classic Porsche 911) through early 1998 (Porsche 911/993). Easy to follow instructions for making modifications to every working part of the car, from engine and transmission to suspension, brakes, wheels and tires, and more.  

Porsche - Origin of the Species - Karl Ludvigsen & Jerry Seinfeld

Porsche – Origin of the Species

The latest Porsche heritage book by renowned automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen.

Porsche Gmund coupe 356/2-040. Captured exclusively for this book in a series of evocative portraits by photographer Michael Furman

Porsche 924 928 944 968 The Complete Story

Porsche 924/928/944/968: The Complete Story

All, and literally all you need to know about the water-cooled transaxle Porsches 924, 928, 944 and 968. From the design to specifications of each model, motorsport successes and very interesting owner perspectives of each car. Must have for all Porsche transaxle fans.

111 Porsche Stories that you should know - Wilfried Müller

111 Porsche Stories You Should Know

What came first – the Porsche or the Beetle? Which Porsche racing car set every world record in the very year it was first presented in racing at Monza? Immerse yourself in the unique and visionary world of Porsche: in tales of secret prototypes, fascinating photos from the Porsche archives, magic words such as “Carrera” and “Targa”

Porsche 70 Years - There is no Substitute - Randy Leffingwell

Porsche 70 Years: There is no substitute

There is No Substitute, author Randy Leffingwell offers a richly illustrated and detailed book that captures the full story of one of the world’s leading automotive companies. Beautiful, contemporary photos and rare historical images accompany in-depth analyses of milestone cars and events, the 356, 904, 917, 911, 928, 935, 956 and others—as well as its key players. Comprising the most comprehensive overview of the company’s entire history, Porsche 70 Years truly has no substitute.

Porsche 930 to 935 Turbo Series

Porsche 930 to 935: The Turbo Porsches

Porsche started producing the 930/911 Turbo to the public in 1974 and set off on a new road. At the same time, the governing body of motorsport introduced a new “silhouette” formula to sports car racing. The Books tells the story of the 911 Turbo and its racing cousins, from the 1974 2.1-liter RSR Turbo Carrera to the tube-framed 750 horsepower final variants of the 935. These are the cars which still bring a gleam of pleasure to everyone!

Porsche Garagen Book - Pre-Order now!

Porsche Garages

It’s a really really awesome book about Porsche collectors and their garages, which is, most of the time, not only a garage. It’s more an exhibition, museum or a spa but without the spa. You’ll find more than 20 stories with collectors like Hans-Peter Porsche, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche and Luftgekühlt organizer and Le Mans winner Patrick Long. 

A coffee table must have book! Available from April 2021, pre-order now!