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Preface 1 Birth of a legend 2 The first Porsche 3 550 Spyder - establishing a pedigree 4 The 356A Colour gallery 5 The 356B 6 Building the motorsport legend 7 The 356C - last of the line 8 A new generation 9 Buying and restoration 10 Replicas Appendix - production totals & specifications Index
Born in Coventry, the heart of Britain's motor industry, Brian Long is a professional writer with a passion for vintage and racing machinery. A trained mechanical engineer and a Porsche 911 owner, Brian has had strong links with the factory for over a decade. Married to Miho and with two children (Louis and Sophie-Mercedes), he now lives just outside Tokyo. With over 40 books published, including several works on Porsche, Brian is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers in the UK, the SAH in America, and the RJC and JAHFA in Japan.
"The book abounds with intimate and unusual stories about these early Porsches, its founders, and the many variations produced." - Porsche Club of America, Monterey Bay region"It's a book to excite any 356 enthusiast." - Australian Classic CarClassic & Sports Car, May 2008UK magazineCirculation: 82,000Once past the in-your-face typography and rather basic design, this is another good offering from publisher Veloce. Working chronologically, the story inevitably begins with the birth of Ferdinand Porsche and skips along until Porsche Number One is conceived, at which point the pace slows in order to allow for a slightly more in-depth look at the following 18 years of 356 production. Although Long's text is matter-of-fact in delivery, there is plenty of information to be found for those not already well-educated in the subject matter. But the real attraction here is the vast collection of visual material. From the posed publicity shots of a 356A loaded with skis - and presumably heading for the hills - to the fabulous images of Herbert Linge approaching outright victory on the 1960 Tour de Corse. If you own a 356, these pictures will make you glad you do; if you don't, they're certain to make you want one. [A] beautiful coffee table book ... Where this hardback shines is the comprehensive collection of imagery pulled together by Brian and his team. The period photography and original advertisements are truly gorgeous and reproduced as well as can be expected. All Torque This revised and reformatted edition has been thoroughly changed, compared to the previous edition with over 100 new pictures. The book gives a clear insight in the production numbers of the cars, and brings technical specifications that any Porsche enthusiast will like. No matter if you are a 356 collector, or just starting to restore a car, this book will bring you lots of pleasure with all the detailed information, and great pictures. Definitely a book that belongs in any Porsche library Liebe zu Ihm (love for Porsche) Highly recommended! Oldtimer Magazine/ Dreamcar Magazine a must for the collection of any 356 enthusiast ... but the sheer amount of information about the early history of the 356 range, production details and motorsport history should make it appeal to a much wider audience ... much more than just a re-issue - it is a well assembled history that can be read from cover-to-cover as a reference work with copious information on production numbers and technical specifications - or just as a pleasurable browse for any sports car enthusiast. Speedsters.com A real standard. Klassiek & Techniek a must for any Porsche enthusiast Auto Express interesting to read CarBuildIndex