Porsche: Excellence Was Expected
"You"d expect a sixty-six chapter, three-volume tome by the venerable Karl Ludvigsen to be definitive, and it is . . . Even if it"s too daunting to read cover-to-cover, you can open to any page and expect to learn something new every time with this unimaginably complete work."
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"Without doubt, this is the definitive work on the history of Porsche. . . A must-have for any Porsche enthusiast."
"The amount of information in this 3-volume set was staggering. One could only guess at the amount of research necessary to create something like this. What is obvious is Karl Ludvigsen"s love for the topic. His interest in telling the story behind the brand and all of the events which help shaped Porsche was what really brought its history to life."
"Chapitre[s] riche et croustillant comme des galettes pur beurre . . . si pour certains, ce monument présentera le défaut de n"exister dans la langue de Steve McQueen, il est tout autant le plus passionnant des prétextes pour se remettre à l"anglais."
"A must for those who can never have enough Porsche, Excellence Was Expected is the gold standard of automotive books. A historical portrait of every Porsche road and racing car ever built, the three meticulously researched volumes are filled with the sort of interesting information and delightful esoterica that you won"t find on the web. And, unlike much of the web, it"s as accurate as any mere mortal can make it."
"It is rather universally agreed that this is the definitive work regarding Porsche ever published."
"[T]his new edition is more than ever "the" Porsche book, well researched and written, with no skimping on production values and a really good selection of photographs and technical drawings, it is a must for any Porsche aficionado but it will be equally at home on the bookshelf of anyone interested in motoring history. The price is not high, particularly when considered from a £ for lb. point of view and if you have the 1977 edition there is a vast amount of new material but even compared to the 2003 edition there are 257 new or revised pages and 230 new photographs. Karl Ludvigsen"s reputation as a motoring writer rests squarely on this book and well deserved it is. Highly recommended."
No. 264 / Summer 2009
"It may appear expensive, but the reality is that, compared to the years of exhaustive effort that have gone into this amazing book, it"s a complete bargain. No Porsche fan should be without it."
"Essential reading ... the ultimate car deserves the ultimate book and this is it ... Quite simply a masterpiece."
"The best automobile history ever written ..."
Winner of the IAMA Best of 2004 Award and the 2004 IAMA Best of Books Award
"the definitive work...a "must have"..."
"My suggestion: If you can only get one book for your library on Porsche, this is the one..."
"In showbiz terms this is a blockbuster..."
Karl Ludvigsen picks the top ten driver"s Porsches
"There's danger of addiction!..."
"Es besteht Suchtgefahr!"
"Excellence expected, and delivered..."
Porsche Panorama interview with Karl Ludvigsen
"Karl Ludvigsen's new book is the definitive testament..."
"If you earn more than we do, and you love Porsches, this book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know..."
"...Excellence Was Expected is so widely revered that it's still the only Porsche book to have if you'll have only one..."
"...Excellence Was Expected, edition two is a necessity on the enthusiast's bookshelf..."
"It's technical, thorough and engaging all at once..."
"Væket er den mest komplette samling artikler over Porsches historie med tekniske informationer..."
May 24-June 6, 2004 (nr. 17)