The granddaddy of all Porsche’s to go under the hammer soon! Auction house RM Sotheby’s announced in a press meet in Los Angeles the sale of the 1939 Porsche Type 64 at its Monterey Car Week auction, which runs August 15-17, 2019 in Monterey, California.
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Porsche’s history is a long and complicated one. The first true Porsche is quite a hard thing to pin down, since Ferdinand Porsche founded Porsche as an engineering firm and designed numerous vehicles long before his son Ferry Porsche built and registered the first Porsche 356 sports car in Austria.
The first Porsche 356 was built in 1948, but it wasn’t the first car to carry under the brand name Porsche. In fact, the credit goes to Type 64. During the span of time from 1939 until 1940, only three Porsche 64 were built. The one going up for sale is the third built and the sole surviving example.
The first Type 64, chassis number 38/41, was built in 1939 before the war but damaged in an accident while being driven by Bodo Lafferentz, Volkswagen’s boss at the time. The second Type 64, chassis no. 38/42, was competed in late 1939, and then the chassis of the first Type 64 that crashed was rebuilt into the car you see here in 1940. Both Type 64s were retained by the Porsche family during the war, though the second Type 64 was kept in storage most of the time while the third car was extensively used by Ferry Porsche and his father.
At the end of the war, American troops found the car kept in storage. They chopped the roof off and drove the car until it broke down, at which point it was scrapped. A number of components from the scrapped car were retained and used for a recreated version that now sits in the Petersen Museum.
Fortunately the Porsche family were able to keep the third car. Ferry Porsche himself applied the raised letters spelling out “Porsche” on the nose of the car in 1946, when he re-established Porsche after the war, thus making it the first car to carry the Porsche name. The Type 64 was soon sold, though.
Once Porsche turned its focus to the 356, the last remaining Type 64 was restored by Pininfarina founder Battista Farina before being sold to Mathé in 1948. The Austrian then proceeded to race the car for a number of years and would end up holding onto it until his death in 1995. In 1997, ownership passed into the hands of fellow Austrian Thomas Gruber, one of the most respected Porsche specialists worldwide.
The car is still in a very original state. It also has its original air-cooled flat-4 engine, rated at 32 horsepower, and even some of its original tools and spare parts are included in the sale.
Understandably, it’s hard to put a price on a car like this. After examining the car, Porsche expert Andy Prill said: “I’ve seen countless special Porsches in my career, but nothing like this…This is the most historically significant of all Porsche cars and it is simply incredible to find the very first Porsche in this original condition.”
In August this year, RM Sotheby’s will auction Type 64 third car in Monterey and is expected to fetch a minimum of $20 million. Go to the page for details: