The only Porsche Type 64 in the world will be auctioned in Monterey
The Porsche Type 64 is arguably one of the most significant cars in the history of the world, not only because it kick-started Porsche as we know it, but also because the list of its former owners includes Adolf Hitler. This truly unique vehicle built in 1939 is going up for auction and it is expected to be sold for an enormous amount of money.
The Type 64 anticipated the Porsche 356, one of the most iconic Porsches ever built, and it was effectively the first car to bear the Porsche name. The 64 was the result of a brainstorm, we can call it that, between Ferdinand Porsche and Adolf Hühnlein, a high ranking official within the Nazi party and director of something called the Oberste Nationale Sportbehörde (ONS), the equivalent of a modern sport federation.
The ONS wanted to promote "German engineering superiority" and the freshly opened Autobahns by organizing a 932-mile (1,500 km) endurance race between Berlin and Rome. VW and Porsche began working on a project called Type 60K10 although, for political reasons, the car was going to be called the KdF Wagen (KdF stood for Kraft durch Freude, German for Strength Through Joy, a state-operated leisure organization in Nazi Germany), while the engineers at Porsche began calling it the "64".
It was built in the factory of Zuffenhausen, designed by the same people that would later design the 356, the body was made of aluminium and it was powered a 985 cc engine which made 32 bhp. The top speed was 90 mph. Only three units were ever built. However, one was destroyed during WWII, another one was discovered by American troops and it was later scrapped and so this is the only 64 that survived.
It is going to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s during the Monterey Car Week & Concours in Monterey, California and expected to sell for anywhere between 20 and 22 million dollars.