Rare Porsche Factory Art Book
I’m a sucker for vintage automobilia. I love looking for it, perusing swap meets, flea markets, and antique shops for some little piece of automotive history that survived the ages.
Not long ago, I stumbled upon quite the find in a used bookshop in Milan. It’s a 15” X 19” (38cm X 48cm) binder with a beautiful enamel Porsche emblem and leather strap forming a clasp. Inside the binder are 18 large-format lithograph color drawings of various automobiles in which Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was involved.
Printed in Germany in September 1963, it appears to be a factory art book, perhaps given out a select group of clients. The first page lists each of the 18 models along with a brief description of Porsche’s involvement in each. The 18 listed are:
• The Lohner-Porsche Chaise of 1900
• The First Race Car with 60 Horspower
• The 1905/6 Touring Car with Combination Drive
• Austro-Daimler “Prince Henry”
• The Town Coupe of 1914
• The 4.4 Litre Austro Daimler of 1921
• The 1100 cc “Sasha” Race Car
• Daimler Race Car for the 1924 Targa Florio
• The Mercedes SSK 7.1 Litre Engine
• The 5.3 Litre Steyr “Austria”
• The Auto-Union Race Car of 1934/37
• The first VW of 1938/39
• The Cisitalia Grand Prix Car – 1500cc Four-wheel Drive
• The first 1100 cc Porsche of 1948
• Porsche Spyder with Four Overhead Camshafts
• The Eight-cylinder Porsche for Formula 1
• The 356 C Porsche with Disc Brakes
• Type 901 Porsche
Can you help identify what the history of this book may be?
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