Auction Block: 1939 Porsche Type 64

May 15, 2019

Category: Rides

We see a lot of classic cars headed to auction. So many, in fact, that we often feel fatigued — even by some of the rarer examples. Sometimes, however, something truly exceptional crosses our paths that leaves us with our jaws dropped and our hearts palpitating. Such is the case with this 1939 Porsche Type 64.

As far as anyone knows, this is the oldest surviving Porsche in existence. In fact, it was the personal property of both Ferdinand Porsche and his son, Ferry. Interestingly, this car was actually built to partake in an event designed to promote the opening of Germany’s autobahn system, the 1,500-kilometer Berlin-Rome race. While that race never happened, this car was still built  — atop the same engine and chassis as the original Volkswagen Beetle, no less. Only three of these cars were ever constructed and this one, with its immaculate aluminum bodywork and remarkably original condition, is in shockingly good shape — even considering that it was a family vehicle of the Porsches themselves. There’s no way to know for sure, but once the hammer comes down, there’s a very real chance that this historically-significant sports coupe could dethrone the Ferarri 250 GTO as the most expensive car ever sold.

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