Porsche’s holy grail, and perhaps the most significant car in brand’s history, the 1939 Porsche Type 64, will be auctioned in August during Monterey Car Week. The car has a truly fascinating history, the Type 64 was designed by Professor Ferdinand Porsche to compete in the 1939 Berlin-Rome race, which was canceled due to the onset of World War II.
Only three Type 64s were built, and this, the third, was kept as a personal family car and driven extensively by Ferry and Ferdinand Porsche.
Type 64 has a sculpted aluminum body and removable fender skirts and shares the same drivetrain and suspension as the Type 1 Volkswagen, — what we know as the Beetle.
“Without the Type 64, there would be no Porsche 356, no 550, no 911,” says Marcus Görig, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “This is Porsche’s origin story, the car that birthed the company’s legend, and it offers collectors what is likely an unrepeatable opportunity to sit in the seat of Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche. With this car, the new owner will not only be invited to the first row of every Porsche event worldwide—they will be the first row!”
Unfortunately, RM Sotheby’s has not publicized an estimated value for the unique car. For more information be sure to visit the auction website.