Porsche 911 Performance Handbook Review

Porsche 911 Performance HandbookAfter my nearly 30 year love affair with Porsche, it’s interesting to look back over the years to see resources and individuals that continue to be the authority on the brand and it’s enhancement. One of these individuals is Bruce Anderson, a legend in the world of all things Porsche. It’s no surprise that his book, Porsche 911 Performance Handbook, is one of those resources that has stood the test of time.

Motorbooks was kind enough to send me a copy to review. This is the 3rd Edition. I’ve got the previous two versions on my shelf, although the 3rd Edition feels significantly thicker than previous versions.

The Porsche 911 Performance Handbook focuses on 1963 thru 1998 Porsche 911 model years. It covers a brief history of the model, a very useful buyer’s guide, then projects and enhancements you can undertake on your prized Porsche. Everything from rebuilding and modifying the power plant in your 911 to tuning your suspension.

Here are the main sections:

  • Porsche 911 Performance History
  • Buying a Used 911
  • 911 Engine Development
  • Engine Rebuild Fundamentals
  • Engine Performance Modifications
  • Suspension, Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
  • Transmission

Nearly half the book is dedicated to what I consider to be groundwork type of stuff for Porsche 911, even general Porsche, enthusiasts. What’s great about that approach is the depth of information available, written in an easy to read and understand manner. For a car guy like myself, who doesn’t have the mechanical experience that enables me to take stuff like this for granted, Bruce’s coverage proves to be invaluable. That’s not to say the book won’t provide seasoned mechanics with some meat to trick out their rides. There really is something for everyone.

Personally, I think the book should be required reading prior to Porsche 911 ownership. It’s a great resource for those embarking on the purchase process. I’ve long loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.

Check out Porsche 911 Performance Handbook on Motorbooks.com. You can also find it on Amazon.com: Porsche 911 Performance Handbook.

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