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

Porsche 75th Anniversary: Expect the Unexpected

by Randy B. Leffingwell

The title says it all: Porsche has achieved a significant anniversary. A perfect reason to write a retrospective and conclude it with a little educated future predicting.

Mercedes-Benz C111: Fackelträger, Traumsportwagen und Rekordjäger

by Kalbhenn, Heidbrink, Hack

Those gullwing doors are about all the C111 had in common with the famous SL300 whose impact M-B was so eager to replicate. Only a few were built, mainly serving as test beds, and the successor C112 was scrapped altogether but this is a big and interesting story.

Air & Water: Rare Porsches, 1956–2019

by The Saratoga Auto Museum

The name of the author is the clue that this is a book about the Steven Harris Porsches that the museum featured in two separate exhibits in 2021. Many of his cars really are rare, and while he does drive them they live in different parts of the US and even the world. This book brings some of them together.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Book

by René Staud & Jürgen Lewandowski

Examples from all series of SLs, almost 70 years worth, as German photographer René Staud sees them. And he’s seen many, probably 500, and photographing SLs has been one constant in his decades-long career.

Porsche at Le Mans: 70 Years

by Glen Smale

Porsches have won Le Mans outright more times than any other marque, and for a very long, long time. This author has written about Porsche for a very long, long time so follow his lead with confidence.

Powered by Porsche, The Alternative Race Cars

by Roy Smith

“Everyone” knows that Porsche makes serious race cars—but even Porsche geeks will surely not know just how many other makes and teams used Porsche motors and know-how to better their own fortunes, often enough in competition against the provider.

The Volkswagen Golf Story

by Russell Hayes

It runs and runs and runs—that was the ad for the Beetle, but it applies much, much more to the Golf. This book, now in an updated second edition that includes Gen 7 and 8, explains why the car deserves r-e-s-p-e-c-t.

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.

Audi RS, History • Models • Technology

by Constantin Bergander

Positioned as Audi’s top-tier offering, the RS models pioneer some of the most advanced technology, and you certainly pay a premium for such a halo car. This book will give you everything worth knowing before looking for one.

Holy Halls: The Secret Vehicle Collection of Mercedes-Benz

by Christof Vieweg

This book won’t tell you where the 12 nondescript buildings are in which Mercedes-Benz stores its collection of over a thousand cars (!) but it shows you what’s in them. Your calculator will melt down trying to keep up with the tab!

Porsche Sport 2021

A year’s worth of racing on five continents. People and places you’ve probably not heard of. Cars you haven’t seen. A thousand photos. Race results. This yearbook has been around for 29 years now—about time we showcase one here!

Volkswagen Type 4: 411 and 412

by Marc Cranswick

This car was definitely an answer to a question people were asking, and it showed VW could punch way above the Beetle class—but it didn’t set the world on fire, not even in its home market. It’s a bigger story than this book can unravel, but it’s the first and only one in English.