the planet of The porschistes is boiling. The auction house RM Sotheby’s has announced the sale of the single Porsche Type 64 still existing during his vacations in california (15-17 August) organized in the framework of the contest of elegance of Pebble Beach. It is an event of a scope immeasurable: the Type 64 represents the founding act of the company Porsche. Ten years before that Ferry Porsche created the brand of sports cars bearing his name.
The engine 4-cylinder flat of 985 cm3 placed in door-to-rear overhang approach the 40 horses. ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s/©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
The family Porsche is not his first deed of arms. Ferdinand Porsche, father of Ferry, is an accomplished engineer. At the beginning of the Twentieth century, the progress auto feeds of his achievements. At Austro-Daimler and Mercedes, his talent manifested itself in the creation of many masterpieces. It is thus the designer of the famous Mercedes SS and SSK that dominate the world of sports cars. But following a disagreement, he decides to take his freedom and to fly of its own wings.
In 1931, he founded the company Porsche Konstruktionen GmbH and puts its knowledge and experience at the service of the builders. His son Ferry is his first collaborator. Thus, in the framework of their activities, the Porsche will inherit, at the end of a call for tenders launched by the nazi party to power, from the study of a vehicle cheap. The Kdf-Wagen, which will give birth to the famous car of the people (Volkswagen), more known under the name Ladybird, is an integral part of the program “Kraft durch Freude” (strength through joy) framing of leisure. At the end of the thirties, the nazi propaganda is well underway. To support the development of the German autobahns, it was decided to organise a race Berlin-Rome. The Porsche see it as an opportunity to showcase the quality of their work.
inside The Type 64. ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s/©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
thus It is that from a chassis of the Kdf, they decided to develop a sports car known under the code name of VW Type 60k10. The car is wearing a body very aerodynamic performed in Reutter. The skin riveted aluminium adopts the technology of German aircraft of the Second world war. The engine 4-cylinder flat of 985 cm3 placed in door-to-rear overhang approach the 40 horses. The four wheels are keeled. Despite a reasonable power, the racing prototype is capable of flirting with the 160 km/h. The car Type 64 rolls before the summer of 1939, but the entry into the war a part of the world on the 1st of September will result in the cancellation of the race Berlin-Rome. The car falls in the hands of a worker in German. Eager to continue testing and experimentation of his vehicle, Ferry Porsche decided to build two other copies.
The second is ready in December 1939. The third, which uses the chassis of the first one that has been damaged due to an accident, rolls in June 1940. It is this machine as RM Sotheby’s offers auction next August. The only one of the three to have survived. It becomes the car of the family Porsche that folds in Austria in Gmünd in 1944. At the end of the war, Ferry Porsche to affix the letters Porsche Type 64. In 1947, Pinin Farina was in charge of the restore. A year later, the Type 64 accompanies the first turns of wheel of the Porsche Roadster – # 1 in Innsbruck. The pilot austrian Otto Mathé leads the coupe’s aerodynamics during demonstrations.
Excited by its dynamic qualities, he decides to make the acquisition. It will keep the 46-year-old and until his death in 1995. Two years later, the prototype becomes the property of the Dr. Thomas Gruber, an enlightened amateur of Porsche. Since, the most iconic of the Porsche, has rechangé of hands. Its fourth owner now has decided to separate from it. The sale of Pebble Beach is without doubt a unique opportunity to acquire the Porsche the most iconic. A model that suffers no dissent, and which symbolizes the incredible novel of the Porsche. Car inestimable historical interest, the type 64 is estimated to be $ 20 million.
The Type 64 is the founding act of the brand Porsche. ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s/©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s