It’s really too bad cars of this classic level of beauty now become more and more least likely to be on the road. I’ve seen one driven by me a couple of times and its when they ate moving makes them look best.

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In his extraordinary reference work Excellence was Expected Karl Ludvigsen quotes Ferdinand Alexander Porsche on his design of the 904. “It was my favorite because I did it alone and there wasn’t this fight to change it or make it newer. It was designed and finished.  Time was very short. I didn’t have a free hand but it had to appear so soon after the clay model there was really no time for interference.”

-Karl Ludvigsen. “Excellence was Expected,” Chapter 15, 904: Beauty with Speed, page 313.

The first time I saw the Porsche 904 it resonated deeply.  It was one of those designs so flawless in proportion and detail that one wouldn’t change a thing. It was consummate example of “Butzi” Porsche’s philosophy:  “A coherently designed product requires no adornment; it should be enhanced by its form alone.”   One of the primary reasons I bought my  Porsche Cayman was…

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