Chris Harris Drives The Oldest Porsche In The World, The Spectacular Type 64

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.

Also Read: Oldest Surviving Porsche And Personal Car Of Ferdinand And Ferry Will Bring All The Money

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.

 

  • Six_Tymes

    this reminds me how sad it is that they allowed the 911 to become so big.

    • SteersUright

      911 is one of the most beautiful, captivating and charming sports cars of all time. Revving out that flat-6 is an enthusiast wet-dream. Very few cars approach the 911’s charisma.

  • Bonzomatic

    Not a single smoky drift around a turn? Chris is losing his edge…

    • Bash

      You want him to drift this piece of history. Come on.

      • Bonzomatic

        You know I was joking, right?

        • Bash

          I was hoping so. Now I’m sure you was. 😀

  • robotlogic

    What an honer to drive such an iconic piece of automotive history.

  • N a z i car… Destroy it or send it to Mr Orange of the U.S…

    • Porkopolis

      You commies could use some understanding of historical context… Alas, you’re a bot anyways.

      • what you on about?

      • Bill Nguyen

        C’mon guys, just put 2pac on your block list.

    • KareKakk

      Were you dropped at birth?

    • Evan Moskowitz

      Cut it out

    • H.P. Loathecraft

      Hipster twit

  • Knarck

    I just realized it looks like a Beetle bisecting a streamliner. Can this idea of getting the top part of a new beetle over a modern porsche racecar work for a new Porsche?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a0bf2738bd1603100e5a5821b907a6635c561f3e7244fa1b0a92c12202fe109.jpg

  • some people got gassed,, sink that one in

    • KareKakk

      Was that better or worse than being decaptivitated by ISIS today?

  • Teddy Wijaya

    ugly.

  • SteersUright

    Best auto reviewer in the world. He should do more writing, his excellence with words is the main appeal.
    This Porsche isn’t beautiful per-say, but its remarkably beautiful thanks to the history and story behind it.

  • SteersUright

    You’re absolutely right. All history should be preserved, even the ugliest stories. How else can we improve if we can’t look back at ourselves as a people in an honest and accurate way? Separately, this car was built by a pioneering enthusiast, despite his political or war-time views. As enthusiasts ourselves, sure we can appreciate it for what is it outside of political context.

    • KareKakk

      Those who don’t learn from our history, are doomed to repeat it.

  • dantheman

    An interesting piece of history. It should be in an auto museum, not up for auction.

  • Bill Nguyen

    Lol

  • Giziclown

    One of the guys from Jalopnik called Chris Harris an idiot, I think he was right…

  • Stu Wormboy

    It’s the missing link. Dig it for what it is. I used to own a 356A, and there’s a special connection there. Even if you hate Porsches, be respectful.

  • Jarosław Kotowicz

    A real automotive gem. I think Porsche should buy it and preserve.

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