This strange, flying saucer-looking automobile is where Porsche as a company started its existence and Chris Harris was given complete access to what is one of the most significant vehicles of the previous century.
Back in May, we learned that the Porsche Type 64 is heading to RM Auctions’ Monterey sale on August 15.
The fact that this used to be the personal vehicle of both Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche will certainly make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Ferdinand Porsche wanted to create a lighter, faster version of the KdF-Wagen, the first version of the VW Beetle. The Type 64 used the same powertrain and suspension with the VW Type 1 but the chassis and bodywork were bespoke.
The alloy body panels were riveted using WWI aircraft technology while the 1.0liter flat-four engine was tuned to produce 32hp, enough to send the Type 64 onto a 88mph (141km/h) top speed.
This is considered the missing link between the VW Beetle and the Porsche 356, with Ferry Porsche himself reportedly applying the raised letters spelling ‘PORSCHE’ on the Type 64’s nose. It was originally developed for road rallies but today is considered a rolling testbed for the cars that followed.
This moving piece of automotive history is expected to fetch over $10 million at the upcoming auction. Some will say it’s not a real Porsche, others will beg to differ but all can agree that this is as special as it gets.