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Porsche - Origin of the Species - by Karl Ludvigsen - Table of Contents

Foreword by Jerry Seinfeld

  1. The Species Porsche
    • Sidebar: Freeman Thomas "The Legacy of Erwin Komenda".
  2. Automaking Ambitions
    • The Porsche Firm"s early years in Zuffenhausen
    • The Type 64: A "VW-Sport"
    • Sports Racing Aerodynamic Trends
    • The Type 114: Imagining a Pure Porsche Sports Car
    • Advanced Aerodynamic Bodywork for the F-wagen
    • Type 60K10: The Berlin-Rome Volkswagen
    • Sidebar: 1939 Porsche Org Chart
    • Sidebar: The Auto Union Sports Car
  3. Turbulent War Years
    • Wartime Improvements to the VW Engine
    • Shifting from Racing Cars to Tanks
    • New Quarters in Austrian Farm Country
    • Engineering Work Commences at Gmünd
    • Ferry Porsche in Charge at Gmünd
    • Sidebar: Gmünd in Carinthia
    • Sidebar: Petermax Müller"s Opportunistic Racers
  4. Sawmill Survival
    • Questioning by British and American Allied Forces
    • The French Intervene
    • Roles of Louise Piëch and Ghislaine Kaes
    • Struggling to Survive in Gmünd
    • A Plenitude of Products and Ideas
    • Protecting Porsche"s Assets
    • Uncertain Relations With Volkswagen
    • Sidebar: Ghislaine Kaes and his Diaries
  5. Italy to the Rescue
    • Radical Space Frames for the First Cisitalias
    • Cisitalia Goes Grand Prix Racing
    • Porsche Contracted by Cisitalia
    • The Cisitalia Grand Prix Car
    • Designing the Type 370, an Ambitious Sports Car
    • Karl Rabe Travels to Turin
    • Sidebar: Miles Collier "The Art of Restoration"
  6. A Volkswagen Sports Car
    • Beginnings with the Type 352
    • The Type 356 Roadster Chassis
    • Simplicity: The 356 Roadster Body
    • Road Testing the 356 Roadster
    • Sidebar: The Private Life of 356-001
    • Sidebar: Robert Cumberford "Thoughts on the First Porsche 356"
  7. Miracle of Production
    • Creating a Coupe Chassis: The Type 356/2
    • Scavenging Parts for Production
    • The Iconic Porsche Takes Shape
    • Marketing the Porsche Cars
    • Growing Pains in Gmünd
    • Sidebar: Type 356 Sports Leicht
  8. Saga of a Gmünd Porsche
    • 356/2-040 Provenance
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Preserving 356/2-040
    • West Coast Tune-Up
    • Sidebar: Alex Finigan "My Experience with 356/2-040"
    • Sidebar: Adrian Gand "Appreciating the Missing Link"
    • Sidebar: The Otto Mathé Story
  9. Why Porsche?
    • Returning to Stuttgart
    • Saying Farewell to Gmünd and to the Porsche Patriarch
    • Other Postwar VW-Based Sports Cars
    • Sidebar: Grant Larson "The Gmünd Porsches"
    • Sidebar: Tony Hatter "Thoughts on Porsche Design"
  10. Origin of the Species
    • The Porsche Formsprache
    • Evolution of the Essential Genus Porsche
    • Sidebar: Peter W. Schutz "The Power of Porsche"s DNA"

Appendix 1: Factory Documentation for Porsche 356/2-040

Appendix 2: 1949 Porsche 356 Owner"s Manual

Karl Ludvigsen
Karl Ludvigsen

In addition to his motor industry activities as an executive (with GM, Fiat and Ford) and head of a consulting company, Karl Ludvigsen has been active for over 50 years as an author and historian. As an author, co-author or editor he has some four dozen books to his credit. Needless to say, they are all about cars and the motor industry, Karl's life-long passion.

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