The fastest vehicles at the rally were the motorcycles over 250 cc. Porsche 911 RSR Type 991 N° 91 2nd LMGTE Pro Class Le Mans 2019 1/64 Spark Y140 $10.99 New Porsche 911 Type 991 RSR N° 91 24h Le Mans 2018 Style Rothmans 1/64 Spark Y121 Please also read our full, Ferrari 250 LM – The Remarkable History of 6313, originally 985cc, later possibly 1131cc, still later 1085cc, 173.5km/h (theoretical), possibly 140km/h in practice. Say that to a Porsche enthusiast, and he’ll be much obliged to tell you that’s genesis for the German automaker. Because of the Sudeten Crisis, the 1938 Berlin-Rome race did not happen, but as the event was planned as a new tradition, the race was scheduled also for 1939. The second car has been built up from the spares that Mathé bought from Porsche, and before the purists raise their hands and say that can’t be, consider the following. The Porsche Type 64 was built in 1939, when Ferdinand Porsche was a designer for Volkswagen, and was a commission from the National Socialist Motor Corps. Looking at the roof structure from the outside, it can be seen that the dome-shaped cabin was both low and narrow, making the interior uncomfortably confined. 1940/41. For Ferdinand Porsche, the prospect of using the KdF-Wagen platform to realise his sports car ideals was now tantalisingly close, as this production model would certainly suit the construction of a lighter, smaller and more streamlined racer. In 1936 a coalition called Rome-Berlin Axis had been formed between Germany and Italy and later fixed with the Pact of Steel signed by the nazi Adolf Hitler and fascist Benito Mussolini. NSKK (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps, National Socialist Motor Corps), a paramilitary organization of the German Nazi Party, started to organize the Berlin-Rome road rally to happen on September 27, 1938. Three of the drivers for the event were to have been Ferry Porsche, his cousin Herbert Kaes and Hans Klauser. (Picture courtesy RM Sotheby’s). All hopes of state financing were however soon dashed as the German workforce was controlled by the national labour organisation whose bosses were focussed on funding the development of a car for the people, not a sports car. The 1939 Porsche Type 64 was one of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche's early experimental vehicles and yesterday, it was one of the star auction cars … In 1949 the car was sold to Otto Mathé. The VW Type 60K10 -- commonly referred to as the Porsche Type 64 -- was developed for a prewar race between Berlin and Rome that never happened, but remains the unmistakable link in the chain between Volkswagen and Porsche. The cars were built at Reutter Works in Zuffenhausen and had aluminum bodies with wheels covered to reduce air resistance. But they did not realise at the time that they had bought into the history of the remaining Type 64 parts. After a few prototypes, a series of 30 Volkswagen test cars were made by Daimler-Benz AG in 1937. The top speed was 95 mph/153 km/h. Most observers consider the first capital-P Porsche to be the 1948 356 Gmuend coupe. The story is further complicated by the fact that Allied bombing increasingly targeted the industrial regions of Germany. Ordered by Porsche, Karosseriebau Drescher took the job to make a replica body. It is arguably the world's first Porsche Porsche … The Type 64 is the oldest surviving and, according to RM Sotheby’s, the ‘most historically significant’ Porsche in the world. The windscreens were slightly curved compared to no. Just a week before the start of the rally the so-called Sudeten Crisis escalated. Thanks to the streamlined body, the small 4-cylinder aircooled 1100 cc flat engine was capable of achieving more than 80 mph/130 km/h average speed on drives between Stuttgart and Berlin. The first KdF Berlin-Rome competition car, chassis number 38/41, was finished on August 19, 1939. Barbach's car is registered with number plate BN 2 JWL, but on the events the car is fitted with IIIA 0703, which was the number plate of the first original chassis 38/41. Often overlooked, the Porsche Type 64 holds a significant place in the history of Porsche sports cars. The car was sold in 1997 to Thomas Gruber and in 1998 converted back to left-hand-drive by Barbach in Austria. It took 1.5 years to make it. The car was created on order of the Hamburg Prototyp Museum (www.prototyp-hamburg.de) and finished in 2011. It has an all-aluminium body, which is un-painted. On the contract it read Volkswagen Sport, type 64. It was at this time that, with the war now over and plans to develop the 356 into a really competitive sports car in the market, that the old Type 64 became redundant to Porsche. Ferdinand Porsche, a relentless and visionary auto engineer who was also a member of the Nazi Party, started making cars in 1931. On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland and the Berlin-Rome road race could not happen again. It was designated as the type 114 and was put on paper down to details. This writer would suggest not, because without the Type 64, we would not have had the 356 which in time evolved into the 911. Hitler had set his eyes on the areas of German-speaking Czechoslovakia earlier and already in 1936 Czechoslovakia started to build border fortifications. The new license plate was T 2222, where T standed for the Tyrol county in Austria. Chris Harris Drives: the Type 64, the first ever Porsche. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback. With plans to rally the car, Mathé purchased the silver/green-coloured Type 64 from Porsche in 1949 along with a whole batch of spares. It was internally called as Porsche type 116, but this project didn't materialize neither. The plan was to use Volkswagen's mechanicals, but it being the govermental project, the agreement couldn't be settled to use the parts by a private car company. The Munich Agreement was signed, accepting the immediate occupation of the Sudetenland. With the race date set for September 1939, production of the three cars, Sports Car 1, 2 and 3, commenced in the summer of that year. There was a road accident with the car in around 1941. These aluminium-bodied cars were designed by Erwin Komenda. During this time, the automobile became an object of national identity and pride, encouraging further innovation as drivers from the nation of their birth sought to bring glory to that country. Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. Before that, Ferdinand was the chief designer of Austro-Daimler and then worked for Mercedes-Benz and Steyr Automobile. Porsche Road & Race is entirely independent and is in no way connected with the company Dr. Ing. The top speed was 95 mph/153 km/h.On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland and the Berlin-Rome road race could not happen again. Fortunately, the Swiss racing driver Otto Mathé had shown an interest in acquiring the Type 64, otherwise this crucially important piece of Porsche history may well have gone the way of its two siblings, and been scrapped. Because they no longer have one of the original cars in their collection, the Porsche Museum Stuttgart had a replica aluminium body made by a well-known bodywork specialist, Karosseriebau Drescher, located in Hinterzarten, Germany. 1. The … And then we found more parts stamped with ‘38/42’ and finally we also found the almost complete chassis and front axle. When the American forces occupied the area at the end of the war, they confiscated Sports Car 2 and put it to use on their local base. The three Berlin-Rome racing cars therefore were designated as Type 60 and fitted with the new body style which was Type K10 (the “K” … It's the only surviving example. The 64 was to have an aluminium body, and the wheels were fully covered with removable alloy panels. Having established his own company in 1931, Porsche recruited some of his co-workers and the business grew rapidly. Although Porsche became a full-fledged automaker in the late 1940s, it all goes back to the early 1930s, when Ferdinand Porsche began offering vehicle development work and consulting. The Type 64 is an early example of one of Porsche's chief design innovations: placing the engine in the back of the car rather than the front. The body was stamped with 38/42, although it has nothing to do with the original 38/42. With the fuel tank now protruding into the passenger area, this resulted in that seat being moved towards the centre of the car and 30cm further back than the driver’s seat, in a staggered formation. Continue to Porsche 356 or to Porsche type 360. Of the two remaining cars, Sports Car 2 (38/42) was put to work at the factory as an experimental vehicle. In 1934 he had an accident after which his right hand remained paralysed. His first … He also converted the brake system from cables to hydraulic. Some of the remains were later sold to Otto Mathé together with car no. It was built in 1939 for the Berlin to Rome race. 1939 Porsche Type 64 The Type 64 was designed by Professor Ferdinand Porsche to compete in the 1939 Berlin-Rome race. The car got new grille, was fitted with two windscreen wipers under the windscreens and was painted silver. The. As Germany became a bit wealthier, it became the stronger partner and as the time passed, Mussolini had to accept Hitler's wishes more and more. This served to boost nationalism and to showcase a nation’s technological prowess, resulting in some of the most streamlined racers in the world, such as the 16-cylinder Auto Union and Mercedes Grand Prix race cars. The Porsche Type 64, or Porsche 64, or Type 60K10 is perhaps one of the most iconic cars in the world. Today this reminder of Porsche’s roots stands proudly in the new Museum. When we took the gearbox out we saw the number ‘38/42’ on it and at first we didn’t know what it was, but later we found out that this was the number of the second Berlin-Rome car. With the event no longer happening, Sports Car 1 (chassis 38/41) was given to Bodo Lafferentz, a member not only of Germany’s national trade union, but he was also a board member of the newly formed Volkswagenwerk. The Type 64 was designed by Professor Ferdinand Porsche to compete in the 1939 Berlin-Rome race. It wasn’t long though before he had a rather serious accident in the car, no doubt due to the high-performance capability of the car compared with other contemporary machinery. Being a fierce racer meant he also crashed here and there. Please turn on Javascript in your browser to fully enjoy the Stuttcars.com experience. Motorsport was very 'in' at the time and KdF could still use a competition car for the marketing purposes. It was meant to … Always searching for an opportunity, Ferdinand Porsche looked at the car that Hitler wanted for his people, the KdF-Wagen, and hatched a plan to build a lighter and faster version of this production model that would showcase the nation’s technology. In Austria the car got a local license plate 'K 45-240' where K standed for Kärnten (Carinthia, a state of Austria). 1939 Porsche Type 64 It was beautiful, dynamic and fast – and it quickly became Ferdinand Porsche’s great passion: Although this unique sports car built for the Berlin-Rome long-distance race bore nothing but the simple model designation “Type 64”, it is acknowledged as the “original Porsche”, the“great-grandfather” of all Porsches to follow. Hühnlein was the head of the Oberste Nationale Sportbehörde or ONS, the organisation responsible for arranging motor sport events in Germany. With the Volkswagen nearing its production, the idea of Porsche's own series production sportscar was also born. The Volkswagen Type 1 was given the designation Type 60 internally at Porsche. During the 1930s, Hitler wanted to provide a car for the masses, a car that the workers could afford to buy with the savings that the national labour organisation was busy setting up for them. The Porsche type 64 KdF Berlin-Rome car is acknowledged as the original ancestor of all the subsequent Porsche sports cars to follow. It was a car using type 60 KdF-Wagen's mechanicals with design from Porsche 114 project. Karosseriewerk Reutter were given the task of making the bodies for the three cars from 0.5mm alloy sheets, but it wasn’t until 19 August 1939 that the first body was completed, a fortnight before the official start date of the Second World War. H.C. F. Porsche AG or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries. He developed the car known as … The rear lamps looked like the ones on the 38/42, but were positioned a bit differently. The body and wheels were painted black. So, when he bought the type 64 from Ferry Porsche, he converted it into right-hand-drive because he could use only his left hand to operate the gear lever. Porsche’s resulting bond with the local Austrian racing scene was to lead to the Type 64’s impressive post-war life, which included 46 years of single ownership. Following the evolutionary trail, it would surely not be stretching the point too far to say that the Type 64 is the great-grandfather of the modern-day 991. Both countries had been very poor and this had helped the leaders to become dictators. And the narrow cockpit made it look very cool. When the car was repaired after the accident, the old-school semaphores were removed and PORSCHE-lettering was fixed on the nose. K10 meant it was the 10th body (Karosserie 10) for the type 60 chassis. For the 1939 race, in September 1938 a project was started to create KdF's Berlin-Rome competition car. For political reasons the cars were called KdF-Wagen and so in Volkswagen circles the car was known as the Type 60K10, although the Porsche engineers referred to it as the Type 64. It was probably in the 1970's when Mathé had the car painted back to silver (the cockpit remained turquoise). The second car was only completed on 20 December that year in a dark colour, while the third car, finished in the same silver colour as the first car, was only completed on 15 June 1940. The first public appearance of the Porsche Type 64 after the Second World War was at the Innsbrucker Hofgarten race in 1948, but this was before Mathé had acquired the car. The three chassis numbers allocated to the race cars, also referred to as the KdF-Rekordwagen, was 38/41, 38/42 and 38/43. Mathé then registered the car in the district of Tyrol near Innsbruck, which accounts for the ‘T’ in its registration number T2222. Some original 38/42 parts were used. By increasing the compression ratio, power output was raised to 32bhp at 3500rpm. The Type 64 established much of Porsche’s engineering and design DNA that continues in the Porsche 911 to this day. One of the door handles we found in a box full of aluminium ski bindings, and so we also had many other parts for the car, but not the body.”. In 1948, Porsche debuted its first car, the 356, and during an early appearance in Austria, Type 64 #3 was at its side. Between 1949 and 1953, Mathé competed with the Porsche in around eighteen different events including the Coppa Dolomiti in Northern Italy, Österreichische Alpenfahrt, Stella Alpina, Straßenrennen Meran and Korneuburg, Krems, Linz, Gmünd, Innsbruck, Eifelrennen, as well as several circuit races. Officially it was Mussolini who suggested a conference in Munich regarding the issue and on September 29, 1938, Hitler, Daladier (France) and Chamberlain (GB) met and agreed to Mussolini's proposal which was prepared by nazi Hermann Göring. The car was finished in May 2014. The location of the windscreen wiper, the window frames and rear lamps suggest the car is mimicking car no.1. Although Porsche design office was huge, very successful and had a large number of customer projects going on, Porsche's own sports car, and now with 10-cylinder engine, was too much to handle. Before the 1951 rally season the car was dismantled for full repaint and was painted turquoise, also inside the cockpit. At the time that the Prototyp Museum Hamburg acquired the Otto Mathé cars, they filled almost two lorries with parts, together with the Fetzenflieger (literally translated means ‘Scrap-flyer’). Due to the event being a long-distance road race, Karl Fröhlich designed the car to carry two spare wheels in its nose, a move which meant the standard fuel tank would have to be relocated further back on the passenger side. The Berlin-Rome road rally had been postponed from 1938 to 1939, then to 1940 and 1941, but never happened. Yesterday, there was a massive and pleasingly idiotic screwup by RM Sotheby’s during the auction of a very rare 1939 Volkswagen-based Type 64 race car designed by Ferdinand Porsche. Published on: 9 Aug 2019. Unfortunately, with only the one car being completed prior to the commencement of hostilities, the planned Berlin-Rome race never took place as all motor sport activities in Germany were cancelled. They've mentioned it as a Porsche in press releases, and they've also mentioned it being a part of their permanent display. Ferry Porsche had the car rewamped in 1947, supposedly at Carozzeria Pininfarina in Italy. Your favourite online journal covering Porsche's rich motorsport heritage, 14th December 2016 by: Glen Smale | Leave a Comment. Please contact us if you would like to discuss advertising opportunities on Porsche Road & Race. Having the powerless engine, the type 64 had to be as aerodynamic as possible. Although this car is today in private ownership, it can be seen at the Prototyp Museum Hamburg and other venues. The Porsche family were allowed to keep Sports Car 3 which they used as personal transport right up until 1949. The nose grille was extra wide (wider than the number plate on it), the rear lamps were different and in different locations. In 1940 Japan had joined the military alliance of Germany and Italy, and a Berlin-Rome-Tokyo road rally was thought of, but didn't happen. Most importantly, sometime in 1948/49 Ferry Porsche had the lettering P-O-R-S-C-H-E made up in the now familiar wider-than-tall style, which was then fitted to the nose just below the front trunk opening. The strikingly unusual Porsche Type 64 was built in 1939, when Porsche was a designer for Volkswagen, as a commission from the National Socialist Motor Corps. Porsche Type 64. Today there are two Type 64s in existence, the first being the 38/41 car Mathé bought from Porsche in 1949. The following brainstorm led them to a Porsche F-Wagen (Ferdinand-Wagen) with midmounted watercooled 1.5-litre V10. The first KdF Berlin-Rome competition car, chassis number 38/41, was finished on August 19, 1939.Thanks to the streamlined body, the small 4-cylinder aircooled 1100 cc flat engine was capable of achieving more than 80 mph/130 km/h average speed on drives between Stuttgart and Berlin. The car was sold on to Schörghuber company in 2008. All the parts from 38/42 were incorporated into this car such as the engine, dashboard, speedometer, door handles, front axle and an almost complete chassis. The idea of the V10 car was sold to KdF (Kraft durch Freude, a state-operated organization of Nazi Germany) and new type number was assigned to the now KdF R-Wagen (Rennwagen, race car). In 1944 the car was taken to Austria when Porsche design company moved away from the war. Porsche Type 64 The famous Porsche Type 64. “We say Type 64 is the oldest car to wear a Porsche badge. SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE and be the first to receive new articles directly into your inbox: The history of Porsche sportscars is peppered with iconic models that stand out as special, from the, A Spanish noun, ‘carrera’ can mean road, track or race and since the 1970s ‘Carrera’ has been a, Clearly it isn’t a Porsche, but it must rank as one of the best looking sports cars of its era. It was also the first Porsche vehicle to be campaigned in a motorsport event. In the nineteen fifties Otto Mathé was Niki Lauda's childhood idol (both Austrians, Mathé born in 1907, Lauda in 1949). Porsche’s resulting bond with the local Austrian racing scene was to lead to the Type 64’s impressive post-war life, which included 46 years of single ownership. He did everything to go fast. Despite having only one palm for gearshift and steering, Mathé was a dedicated racer. Given that this silver Type 64 is the only known vehicle left that Ferdinand Porsche actually drove, it's hard to understand just why the company is now distancing themselves from their unsavory past. The Porsche Type 64 One of just three copies ever made, the Porsche Type 64 or Porsche 60K10 is considered the first vehicle of what was to become the Porsche company. In preparation for the race, it was decided to build three special long-distance race cars, and to Ferdinand Porsche’s delight, these were ordered and paid for by Volkswagen. They were followed by motorcycles up to 250 cc, then sports cars over 2000 cc, sports cars up to 2000 cc, motorcycles with sidecars (500 cc and 1200 cc classes), then came Otto Mathé in the 1100 cc sports cars class, followed by other car classes and finally the 125 cc motorcycle class. When Mathé purchased the Type 64 from Porsche, he acquired a load of additional parts which had been rescued from Sports Car 2, the car that had been abused and then abandoned by the Americans. The third car was completed in summer of 1940. Others, including the man who inspected the car for RM Sotheby’s before it went to sale, were careful to note that the Type 64 is not technically a “Porsche.” … The type 64 cars were built using 1938 KdF VW38 chassis and the chassis numbers therefore begun with 38. Type 64. There were many body versions of the 114 and the type 64 got its front look from the narrow cockpit 114. As a result, Porsche was forced to relocate their plant and equipment to a remote site in Gmünd, Southern Austria, which became the home of Porsche from 1944 to 1948. Would it be pushing the concept too far to say that the current 911 RSR GTE PRO race car is a direct descendent of the Type 64 Rekordwagen? It had longer semaphores than the earlier cars. It formalized the Rome-Berlin Axis agreement, linking the two countries politically and militarily. In addition to the many motorcycle classes, cars were divided into 8 classes, which meant there were very few cars in each class. However, the plans for Porsche’s own sports car were already on the drawing board in 1947 and the first of the new 356 models was officially registered in June 1948. Hühnlein was inspired, and he set in motion a plan to organise a race from Berlin to Rome, a 1500km event that would take place in September 1939. The aluminium left front fender was ripped into pieces and the door was damaged, but not beyond repair. The engine used in the Type 64/60K10 was the standard 985cc unit as used in the KdF-Wagen, but the standard rear axle ratio of 1:4.47 was unsuitable as the 64 was more powerful, lighter and had better aerodynamics. In 1945, US soldiers cut the roof off and joyrided it. Its body design project number was 60 K10. “People say the 356 No. © Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien, 38/43 restamped as 38/41 (or chassis 38/41 from no.1), original 38/46, but later 38/43 fitted by Otto Mathé, dark blue, then painted black after accident, black, then silver, then turquoise, then silver again, German IIIA 0687, IIIA 43037/IIIA 0688, Austrian K45240, T2222, 1 wiper fixed above the windscreen, later 2 wipers fixed below the windscreens, rear brake lamps (on the sides of the license plate), thin black, then shiny metal in rubber, then thin shiny metal, 1939: totalled and dismantled, chassis probably used for car no.3. Please click here to contact us. Presumably because the car only offered cramped accommodation for two, they decided to remove the roof, turning it into a very crude cabriolet. Mathé also bought a second chassis and other parts. The cars were called Type 64 and were created by Ferdinand Porsche and his engineers – the same designers who would later create the Porsche 356. As the Porsche design office had moved to Gmünd, Carinthia in Austria in 1944, naturally so did no. 3. So, Porsche family had to give up the idea of their sportscar using Volkswagen components. However, between the years of 1940-1945, for reasons unrecorded, the body of Sports Car 3 was fitted to the chassis of Sports Car 1 (chassis 38/41), this being the accident-damaged Lafferentz car. If you take it exactly as I say it, that’s correct.” He even used the Gmuend car to arrive at the $20 million auction estimate. On permanent display at the Prototyp Museum, today this car shows the correct war-time black-out headlamps, as well as the single overhead-mounted, driver-side windscreen wiper. After giving the car a real thrashing, with the engine seized and the body a mess, it was simply left where it stopped and later scrapped, which was effectively the end of Sports Car 2. No longer needed at the smaller Porsche manufacturing facility, the two cars, Sports Car 2 and 3 were later kept at the family home in the picturesque and beautiful lakeside town of Zell-am-See in Austria. The second car, chassis 38/42, was finished by the end of 1939. In 1935, the first Volkswagen prototypes were ready for testing, internally referred to as Porsche type 60. It could have also been the most expensive one to … The Porsche 64, also known as the VW Aerocoupe, Type 64 and Type 64K10, is considered by many to be the first automobile from Porsche. It is not uncommon to replace bodywork or even an engine on a race car during the course of its life, and so in the same way 38/42 has been given a new body and engine. 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