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1938 Porsche Type 64 – on display at The Allure of the Automobile exhibition High Museum of Art in Atlanta

16 Mar

Porsche Type 64 from 1939 Photo from herrenzimmer.de.

1938 Porsche Type 64 Berlin Rome Car…. The Porsche Museum in Germany has sent its legendary Type 64 Berlin Rome Car on a long journey to Atlanta where it will be on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta for the “The Allure of the Automobile” exhibition from March 21st until June 20th, 2010 to celebrate the brand’s 60th Anniversary in America.

“Type 64 is of very special significance to the history of the Porsche brand: Built in 1938/39 under the guidance of Ferdinand Porsche… 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. Within and beneath its streamlined aluminum Type 64 boasts the trendsetting concepts so characteristic of all Porsche sports cars following in the years to come.

Porsche Typ 60 K 10 – Porsche Typ 64 Berlin-Rom 1939…from kitchener.lord Source-MotorKlassik-2

In terms of design and aerodynamics this unique Coupé was far ahead of its time, the symbiosis of motorsport qualities and production features creating an ideal grand touring car. On public roads Type 64 reached a top speed of no less than 130 km/h or 81 mph. Ferdinand Porsche often drove this car himself, showing his deep satisfaction by presenting the Porsche family name on the car itself. Story by Porsche AG Driving the 1938 Porsche Type 64K10

 via youtube.com

The Porsche 64, also known as the VW Aerocoupe, Type 64 and Type 60K10, is considered by many to be the first automobile from what was to become the Porsche company, as a true design precursor to the production model of after the war. The model number comes from the fact that it was built mainly from design drawings for the Type-64 “record car”. Most mechanical parts came from the 38 prototype series. The chassis was heavily reinforced and the engine also reworked to produce around 45-50 brake horse power. The Type-64 was only a drawing until the three racers were built.

The body was also a compromise in that the cab had to look like a KdF car, but the rest was ‘record’ car. The VW beetle was the Type-60, and the name the “60K10” means body design 10 for the Type-60 Beetle. Its flat-four engine produced 50 bhp and gave a top speed of around 160 km/h (99 mph). The body design was made by the Porsche Büro after wind tunnel tests for a planned V10 sports car that never came into existence, the Type 114. Dr. Porsche promoted the idea to enter the car into the 1939 Berlin-Rome race as a public relations ploy. Three cars were made in hand shaped aluminum by the bodywork company Reutter.

Porsche Typ 60 K 10 – Porsche Typ 64 Berlin-Rom 1939…from kitchener.lord Source-MotorKlassik

One was destroyed early in World War II. The two remaining were used by the Porsche family.  Eventually they only used one of them and put the other in storage.  In May 1945 American troops discovered the one put in storage, cut the roof off and used it for joyriding for a few weeks until the engine gave up and it was scrapped.

The last remaining Porsche 64 was owned by Ferry Porsche who had it restored by Battista Farina in 1947. In 1949 it was sold to the Austrian motorcycle racer Otto Mathé and with it he won the Alpine Rally in 1950. The last time he drove it in a race was at the Monterey Historic Races in Monterey, California, in 1982.

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3 responses to “1938 Porsche Type 64 – on display at The Allure of the Automobile exhibition High Museum of Art in Atlanta

  1. Antonio Carlos Alves Coutinho

    December 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Gentlemen, Greeting them could inform the measures of 1938 Porsche Type 64 (length / width / height) and if there is a replica kit of this model? Thankful. I await the return question. Happy 2013.coutinhocarlos @ ig.com.br (BRAZIL)

    Gentlemen, könnte Grußwort zu informieren, welche Maßnahmen von 1938 Porsche Typ 64 (Länge / Breite / Höhe) und wenn es eine Replik kit dieses Modells? Dankbar. Ich warte auf die Rückkehr Frage. Glückliche 2013.coutinhocarlos @ ig.com.br (BRASILIEN)

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    • dedeporsche

      December 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Chris Barber’s book “Birth of the Beetle” has an entire chapter dedicated to the Type 64. It has alot of info on the development of the car and many nice pictures of it as well.
      Look here:
      http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Beetle-Development-Vol…amp;sr=8-1

      The Berlin-Rome car in the new Porsche Museum is a complete copy based on old pictures Porsche had in their archive. It was made in a small coachbuild company which restores Dreamcars for Porsche and Mercedes. Please note this website which shows some pics how it was done:

      http://www.karosseriebau-drescher.de/gb/portfolio.php

      It has some different details to the surviving Original which belongs to a german collector and actually in exibition of the Hamburg Prototyp Museum.

      There is only one original left in the world today.

      Three cars were made in hand shaped aluminium by the bodywork company Reutter. One was destroyed early in World War II. The two remaining were used by the Porsche family. Eventually they only used one of them and put the other in storage. In May 1945 American troops discovered the one put in storage, cut the roof off and used it for joyriding for a few weeks until the engine gave up and it was scrapped. The last remaining Porsche 64 was owned by Ferry Porsche who had it restored by Battista Farina in 1947. In 1949 it was sold to the Austrian motorcycle racer Otto Mathé and with it he won the Alpine Rally in 1950. The last time he drove it in a race was at the Monterey Historic Races in Monterey, California, in 1982.

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