Archive for Items Categorized 'German', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Porsche – The Racing 914s

by Roy Smith

Unless you are a racer, you may have never given the boxy 914 a second look. The victim of development shortcuts and marketing tussles, the car that is now beginning to be called “great” was born under a cloud.


by Mäder, Konradsheim, Gruber

This Porsche is certainly having a moment these days, both in terms of collector car prices and literature. A book like this makes you want to be a 911 owner, just to have a legitimate reason for owning it

GT Love, 50 Years Opel GT

by Jens Cooper & Harald Hamprecht

This little Opel, the first-ever German concept car (1965), has more American connections that just being called the “baby Corvette.” As GM’s European subsidiary several US execs who would become industry heavyweights shaped the fates of this machine.

Volkswagen Karmann Ghias and Cabriolets 1949–1980

by Richard A. Copping

Sexy Italian coachwork on what is essentially VW Beetle running gear. Good idea? From concept to the end of production, this book fully explores the role of a specialist coachbuilder in taking Volkswagen into new territory

Mercedes-Benz – The Grand Cabrios & Coupés

by René Staud (photos), Jürgen Lewandowski (text)

Who needs coupés and cabrios is what this book asks. Unless the answer is self-evident in these photos you’ll have to come up with your own.

Porsche 912, 50 Years

by Jürgen Lewandowski

How does the 912 fit into the larger scheme of Porsche model philosophy? In ways more finely nuanced and intentional than the literature normally records. The author’s name pretty much assures a solid book.

Porsche 917, Archive and Works Catalogue 1968–1975

by Walter Näher

Many are the books that tell the story of the all-conquering 917 but this is the one that shows the source material everyone else is working from—it’s like an All Access Pass to the Porsche Archives!

The VW Bus: History of a Passion

by Jörg Hajt

A veritable cult car these days, the ubiquitous VW transporter was a workhorse in all corners of the globe, ridden hard and put away wet. Read here what makes it special.

Porsche 917: The Undercover Story

by Gordon Wingrove

There is no shortage of interesting books about this iconic racecar. What makes this one stand out is that it is written by a former race mechanic who knows every nut and bolt on the car.

Porsche Speedster – Legends Live Forever 1989–2011

by Andreas Gabriel and Tobias Kindermann

Before you spend big money on a Speedster spend a little and get yourself this excellent book that, among other things and for the first time, includes factory-sanctioned data and spec sets.

Mercedes-Benz WINNING! 120 Years on the World’s Greatest Race Tracks and in India

by Adil Jal Darukhanawala

A high-level overview of M-B’s global racing history and, probably for the first time in the West, an account of the marque’s passenger and commercial cars in India

Porsche 911 Turbo – Aircooled Years 1975–1998

by Andreas Gabriel & Norbert A.J. Franz

Among the piles of 911 books this one is a worthy contender, beautifully made, substantial, and with hard—and authenticated—data that will settle many an argument.