Continuing our coverage of the summer’s best beach read, aka Porsche: A History of Excellence from Motorbooks, we bring you one of the famed German marque’s most coveted creations.

Only 21 of the gorgeous 1962 Typ 1600GTL Carreras were assembled by Italy’s legendary Carlo Abarth and Ugo Zagato for competition on the FIA Gran Turismo circuit.

Only 21 examples were assembled by Italy’s legendary Carlo Abarth and Ugo Zagato for competition on the FIA Gran Turismo circuit

Based on the 356B, the stylish and sensuous German coupe with its Italian flair carved out many important racing victories for Porsche.

It’s just one of the avarice-inducing cars covered by author, renowned Porsche expert and photographer Randy Leffingwell in the amazing book.

Check out a few more highlights below, and be sure to buy a copy for the full treatment.

All images courtesy Motorbooks; click to enlarge:

1967 Porsche Typ 907/8 Coupe

1969 Porsche Typ 908/3