Ultra-rare Porsche Type 64 fails at auctionAugust 22, 2019
Last weekend, a scandal broke out at RM Sotheby’s auction house during the sale of “the oldest surviving car with the Porsche inscription” – the 1939 Type 64 coupe. The auctioneer made a reservation that bidding starts from $ 30 million, while initially it was planned to sell the car for only 20 million. He realized his mistake only when the rate jumped to a record 70 million.
In fact, the host of the auction had in mind the starting price of 13 million. When the man realized his mistake and announced it from the stage, the public began to resent, many left the hall, and some even accused the auctioneer of cheating. As a result, the maximum proposed price for the Porsche Type 64 did not exceed $ 17 million, which did not suit RM Sotheby’s management, and the lot was withdrawn from sale.
The discussion around Type 64 flared up even before the auction: the fact is that some foreign media called the coupe “the world’s first Porsche car”, which is not true. The situation was clarified by the head of the Porsche historical archive Frank Jung: according to him, Type 64 was really developed by Ferdinand Porsche, but the brand of the same name was not yet founded at that time.
The sports coupe was designed in 1939 for the Berlin-Rome marathon, which failed due to the outbreak of war. In total, three copies were issued with an in-plant Type 64 index, one of which passed into the possession of the Porsche family. In 1946, a German designer personally stuck an inscription with his last name on it, so that the car can be called “the oldest car with the Porsche inscription.”
As for the real “very first Porsche”, they are considered to be a roadster 356 1948 release, which is currently in the museum in Stuttgart.
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