REVIEW FROM TOTAL 911 PORSCHE MAGAZINE

REVIEWS FROM READERS

Hi Paul,

I just got to see the book since I was out of town for a couple of weeks and I am impressed with the outcome. The printing quality and layout are nicely done, the amount of information and photographic content is very comprehensive, my compliments to you Paul for an outstanding job. Thanks for our copies, we will treasure the books.

Best regards, Ben Dimson

 

My copy arrived today. Great book, a lot of new photos, nice layout, a pleasure to flow through. In my eyes a must have for all the Fans of the 964.

 

Dear Paul,

Many thanks, I have received your book!

Congratulations for this impressive work. This book is a must!!!

 

I can highly recommend this book, it is printed on good quality paper, the photos are great quality and the details and information are ideal for a 964 owner or enthusiast.

 

The book is now with me and it looks amazing, thank you.

 

Very in deep exploration, full of facts, wonderful choice of pictures.

 

It looks superb, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. Do you have an Instagram account for the book or you? I would like to recommend it online.

 

Beste Paul...

Boek is prima aangekomen...dank voor de prima verzending..

Ziet er prima uit...garant voor veel lees plezier!

Een boek om trots op te zijn....

Met vriendelijke groet, Laurens 

 

Reading it right now. It’s really good. Not a tired rehashing of the same material used in many other books. I was surprised. Lots, and lots of great pics and little nuggets sprinkled throughout. Very well done!

 

Paul, I just wanted to say that the Porsche 964 book is fantastic. Thank you.

 

A very nice book indeed - much recommended (I got my copy a few weeks ago)

REVIEW 'PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA'

Making its public debut at the 1988 Paris Motor Show, Porsche’s 964-generation 911 was sold starting in the 1989 model year. While appearing outwardly similar to the outgoing G-series, Porsche claimed the 964 was 85% redesigned, sharing little with its predecessor but its classic shape. Working with Benjamin Dimson, lead exterior designer of the model, as well as with the cooperation of Jens Torner of the Porsche Museum Archive, Dutch author and enthusiast Paul Koebrugge explores the 964’s development and production in his recently published book, Porsche 964: The Modern Classic.

A piece of work with some tunnel vision so to speak, as the storytelling focus is on just one model (albeit with more than a few variants), Koebrugge’s book covers all aspects of the 964  including design, testing, production, different models in the series, and racing. The author’s informative historical and technical text is complimented by a variety of in-period images of the cars and augmented by an appendix at the back with relevant statistical data. Gripes are few, however this reader hoped for more diversity in the photographs. 

Overall, Porsche 964: The Modern Classic is a good overview of the somewhat abbreviated 964-era. If you’re an owner or fan of the model, you may well consider adding this book to your collection.

REVIEW 'LOVE FOR PORSCHE' 

Even though the Porsche 964 has not always been the most popular among the Porsche 911 model series, times seems to change. Nowadays, the Porsche 964 has become a proud member of list of classic cars that are being looked at with desire. The Porsche 964 turned into a collectible classic car. One of the people that got intrigued by the Porsche 964 is Paul Koebrugge. And his passion for this modern classic led to the presentation of the book ‘The Porsche 964 : the modern classic”.

Koebrugge spent many hours talking with the lead exterior designer of the 964, Benjamin Dimson. Furthermore, the author had access to the Porsche archives, who provided him with tons of information, and pictures.

Bring all this together, and the result is sort of a bible for the Porsche 964. The book starts with a short introduction by the author, in which he explains his passion and love for the Porsche 911. The author tells nothing new in the chapter about the history of the Porsche 911. However consider that chapter a mandatory number to warm you up. And once your temperature gauge reaches the good level, the author starts revving the engine and gears up.

“Porsche 964 : the modern classic” covers the complete history of the Porsche 964′. That history starts with a look in the secret garages in the suburbs of Stuttgart. These storage facilities store the cars of the Porsche Museum collection. One of the cars has the internal name “Porsche 911E 19”. That prototype is an aerodynamic study, of which many elements have been implemented on later generations of the Porsche 911. That includes the Porsche 964, which had the flat foor used in the Porsche 911 E19 prototype. A chapter of over 30 pages tells us all about the design of the Porsche 964. Koebrugge describes all details, and illustrates his text with numerous sketches, pictures and illustrations.

We don’t see in-house published books that often. And we must admit this is a high quality one. We do recommend ‘Porsche 964 : the modern classic”. The book will give you a complete overview of the Porsche 946 model range. You’ll not only learn about the history of the Porsche 964. You get tons of information and figures about each and every version ever produced. And on top of that, the wealth of pictures makes it a perfect coffee-table book too. “Porsche 964 : the modern classic” can be purchased directly from the author via the website www.porsche964themodernclassic.nl at a price of € 89 plus shipping.

REVIEW FRENCH PORSCHE MAGAZINE 'SPEEDSTER'

Porsche 964 The Modern Classic

C’est notre coup de coeur du mois! Auto-édité depuis les Pays-Bas par son auteur Paul Koebrugge, il traite de la 964 comme personne auparavant! Amateurs de design, de développement, de prototypes, vous allez être servi : vous y trouverez des archives que vous ne soupçonniez pas, toutes les phases d’études et d’industrialisation sont décortiquées à grand renfort iconographique. Puis chaque étape de l’histoire y est décrite, depuis le lancement de la Carrera 4 en suivant l’évolution des modèles selon les marchés et les millésimes, en faisant un détour par le concept Panamericana, la genèse de la Carrera Cup et toutes les déclinaisons racing, les Turbo (et leur accouchement laborieux) les RS, et les versions plus exclusives encore que sont les C4 et Turbo Leichtbau, les flatnose, les “30 Jahre”, les Speedster, le tuning, bref, tout jusqu’aux débuts de la 993. Et en plus, c’est graphiquement réussi. En anglais. 344 pages. Format 24,5 x 24,5 cm. Couverture rigide. 89 euros. www.porsche964themodernclassic.nl

 

SPEEDSTER REVIEW (translated):

This is our favourite of the month! Self-published from the Netherlands by its author Paul Koebrugge, it deals with the 964 like no one before! Lovers of design, development, prototypes, you will be served: you will find archives that you did not expect, all the phases of design and production are dissected with great precision. Then each part of the history is described, from the launch of the Carrera 4, followed by the evolution of the models, the markets and the model years. A detour is made for the Panamericana concept, the genesis of the Carrera Cup and all racing versions, the Turbo (and its difficult birth), the RS and even more exclusive versions such as the C4 and Turbo Leichtbau, the Flatnose, the “30 Jahre”, the Speedster and the in-period tuning. In short, everything to the very beginning from 993. And in addition, the layout is great. It’s in English. 344 pages. Format 24.5 x 24.5 cm. Hard cover. 89 euros. www.porsche964themodernclassic.nl

 

REVIEW LOV4WHEELS (translated)

Again one! It is a fact that books dealing with the Porsche 911 are numerous and although the subject is interesting, many publishers publish good books...and not so good books.

Among these many titles there are real bibles that every enthusiast must have in his library. Recently published, the book 'Porsche 964 the modern classic' is one of these.

It is necessary to give back to César what belongs to César… it is by browsing the last number of the review Speedster (No. 56 - May 2020) that I discovered the existence of this book.

Written in English by Paul Koebrugge, an enthusiast. Porsche 964, the modern classic aims to fully introduce us to the 964 series, the one that brought the 911 into the modern era and which is the last of the dynasty equipped with vertical headlights.

It looks attractive, this book attracts the reader from the first glance with its hard cover which displays very beautifully the green of a Carrera RS, combined with mauve and black and contains 344 pages and 850 illustrations!
The foreword is by Ben Dimson, the head designer of the exterior of the 964. The first pages are devoted to the introduction of the author. A passionate man who fell in love with cars from the early age of 3 and tells us with humor of his first meeting with a Porsche: a police 356, which stopped his father doing more than 140 km/h at the wheel of his Volkswagen 1600 Fastback!

After the history of the 911, we get to the heart of the matter with the birth of Auftragsnummer 964 - project No. 964 - in 1984. We then approach the genesis of this new generation of 911 which led, in 1988, to the presentation of the famous Carrera 4.

The author then leads us to discover the range over the years, markets and model years. All versions are presented with photos and drawings. The rarest versions are not forgotten, like the Turbo Leichtbau, the special 30 Jahre series, the Carrera 2 America GS or even the Turbo S 3.6 Flachbau.

The versions intended for circuits also figure prominently and we are delighted to find the history of the Carrera Cup!

A nod to the author's personal history: a few pages are devoted to the 964 Dutch police.

Paul does not forget to speak of the period tuning which prevailed strongly in the 90s and which also attacked, with more or less success, the 964.

Finally, the author presents us at the end of the book the genesis of the one that will continue the story, the superb 993!

In short, you will understand, just like Speedster Magazine, we had a real crush on this book! It will be the third of the year after Aurélien Chubilleaud's work on the Citroën XM (My father's Citroën XM - ETAI) and that of Patrick le Quément dedicated to automotive design (Design between the lines - Merrell Publishers Ltd ).
‘Porsche 964 the modern classic’ is sold via the author's website: www.porsche964themodernclassic.nl. It’s in English only, which should not be an obstacle for those who do not speak English fluently, its reading is very accessible!

 

REVIEW CARAMINI MAGAZINE

Once again, a subcontinent of the planet Porsche is undergoing an in-depth expedition: Paul Koebrugge, convinced and loving owner of a 911, 964 series, has set out to depict the latter in an extremely detailed and comprehensive way. He is not the first, however: Adrian Streather's very technology-heavy “Porsche 911 Type 964 Manual” comes rather as a repair guide and Andreas Gabriel's “Porsche 964 - 30 YEARS”, as always at BMB, is bilingual, so it offers with approximately the same number of pages necessarily only half of the content (unfortunately the publisher could not provide a review copy; the comparative view would certainly have been very interesting).


Fortunately, Koebrugge saves the filling material with which many other type or series monographies like to annoy: no 50 pages with redundant rambling on the general Porsche or 911 history, but historical key facts completely sufficient on a few pages, then the direct introduction to the core topic with a detailed description of the planning and design process as well as the prototype phase. This part of the book represents a special delicacy, because Koebrugge was able to win Benjamin Dimson, the then chief exterior designer, for the advisory work. So there are very interesting insights into the genesis of the series, garnished with extensive, rare images; with the latter, the subsequent documentation of the production process also stands out.


The author then proceeds to a chronological presentation along the model years, each chapter deals with the newly presented derivatives, constructive and equipment-specific changes as well as special and small series models. The depth of detail here often exceeds what can be expected: alone (e.g.) the presentation of the Ferry Porsche 80th birthday study Panamericana (which, incidentally, did not meet his taste) or the history of the vehicles made for the unrealized Carrera Cup USA deserve the predicate "never been there". With various special, rare offshoots of the 964, Koebrugge makes a virtue out of the lack of works images: In consultation with the respective dealer, he uses high-quality image material from vehicles offered online and precisely points out details that may have been changed subsequently - very good idea, how else would you ever get to see the type data carrier of a Turbo S lightweight ?
The work (which, incidentally, is very tastefully designed in the style of contemporary Porsche advertising) closes with a comprehensive data section that includes the otherwise seldomly found six-digit type codes of all models. The reviewer strongly hopes that Koebrugge will come up with another subject ... 

Guenter Werich

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