ORIGINAL PORSCHE 356―1950‐1965 クーペ、ロードスター、カブリオレ、スピードスター (CG BOOKS) 大型本 – 2003/10/1
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The 356 series effectively launched Porsche as an independent automaker. From the original Gmund cars -- handbuilt in what had been an Austrian sawmill -- through the Pre-A, A, B and C versions, the 356 was developed and improved over time. The first thing you're likely to want to know, as a new Porsche enthusiast, is how these differ and why. Meredith provides ample detail, and spices it with enough commentary to keep it all from becoming a snooze. The photography is not comprehensive, but is representative: you will know what a Pre-A looks like relative to an A, and you will have some idea as to the changes made.
It misses the mark slightly once you are past the basics and want to know, for example, what the boot would look like in a properly restored 356A, or how the A bumpers changed over the years. For the newcomer, not all that important. But for restoration, that level is warranted, and you won't find it here.
I should compliment the author on the back sections, with production numbers, engine specs, color combinations and a running calendar of model changes. While I have found the colors section to be incomplete -- will someone please have a go at reproducing the color samples/codes in the format of a car brochure? -- the amount of information is impressive and useful. Similarly, the Restoration section is an accurate and sobering walkthrough of a near-basketcase car, highlighting the many places a 356 is susceptible to rust (hint: the whole car, except for the fabric roof...)
The bulk of the book concerns the Pre-A and A, but this is appropriate because most development took place during the 1950s, the era of those models. The chapter on the Carrera versions is especially good, perhaps the best of the book.
Original Porsche 356 isn't a coffee table book, and not a extensive history of the company. It is a beautifully printed (at least the Motorbooks hardcover edition I have), straightforward and concise overview of the cars, which is hugely educational and -- for those engrossed in the minutiae -- fascinating. For those less into the details, it is eminently skimmable.
Very much recommended.
The book forms an attractive and detailed guide to the Porsche 356 and the illustrations, besides being very nice, provide a good and complete reference source. It's the book to own when you like the classic lines of the Porsche 356.