Porsche Decades
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Porsche Decades by Jay Gillotti
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Porsche Decades
An Introduction to the Porsche Story

by Jay Gillotti


Porsche Decades is an introduction to Porsche history from 1875 to the 2023. It is written and designed for new Porsche owners, new Porsche club members, or those new to learning about the brand. Each chapter touches on the major events and projects important to Porsche’s history during the period. The main topics are meant to spark further interest and provide a jumping off point for future exploration of this fascinating automotive and engineering history. Plentiful sidebars add general knowledge and enrich the narrative for new and experienced Porsche enthusiasts alike.

The first chapter covers 1875 to the end of World War I. Each chapter from the second on covers a succeeding decade of Porsche history. The book explores both road car and competition car history, including Ferdinand Porsche’s prolific output prior to Porsche becoming a manufacturer in 1948. There is a brief overview of the important features and developments for all of Porsche’s important cars including changes from one generation to the next. Simple charts compare generations of Porsche’s 356 and 911 sports cars. The book also introduces numerous important Porsche employees whose work shaped the performance legacy and traditions of Porsche cars.

Porsche Decades includes over 300 images. There are appendices for Porsche’s type number history and prominent appearances by Porsches in Hollywood films. An extensive bibliography details books, magazine and internet articles for readers to explore for more information on topics of interest. Travel across the decades of automotive history and through the travails and triumphs of Porsche’s fascinating history.

  • An introduction and overview of Porsche history from 1875 to 2023
  • Written for new Porsche owners, new Club members or anyone new to learning the basics of Porsche's fascinating history
  • Chapters from the second on each cover a decade – Chapter 2 the 1920s, Chapter 3 the 1930s, and so on
  • Foreword by Miles Collier, Founder of Revs Institute
  • A majority of the images provided by the Porsche AG Corporate Archive
  • 356 pages
  • 312 images
  • ISBN: 978-1-956309-16-4
  • First published April 2024
Author Biography

Originally from Danbury, CT, Jay has lived in the Seattle area for the past 25 years. He began studying motor sport history in high school and worked for his father in a VW-Audi dealership. He has been a fan of Porsche and the 917 ever since seeing Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans as a youngster. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Jay spent nearly thirty years in the corporate relocation industry before retiring at the end of 2016. He’s also a lifelong musician and songwriter.

After joining the Porsche Club of America in 2009, Jay began writing for the Pacific NW Region newsletter, contributing over 50 feature and historical articles for the Spiel. He has also written for the PCA National magazine, Panorama, plus Forza, Vintage Motorsport, the International Motor Racing Research Center, Collier AutoMedia, Wayne Carini’s The Chase and 000 Magazine. Jay was a contributor to motorsport-related books by Michael Keyser (A French Kiss with Death), Christopher Hilton (1982) and Brian Redman (Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks). In 2021 Jay assisted the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance with their presentation of the 917 anniversary class. He has moderated presentations by Brian Redman, John Horsman, Vic Elford, Derek Bell, Hurley Haywood and Patrick Long for the Porsche Club. Jay and his wife, Debbi, are a two-Porsche family with three high-maintenance Siamese/Balinese cats.

Jay’s book, Gulf 917, was the result of three decades and more spent researching and gathering information on the Porsche 917, the golden age of sports car racing and the work of JW Automotive Engineering. His second book, Porsche Decades, is an introductory overview of Porsche history from 1875 to 2023.

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Reviewer: Julian Walter from Dalkeith, WA Australia  
Delivery was ridiculous and expensive. £50 for one book to Australia that took two weeks. Never again.

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