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 rear lamps looked like the ones on the 38/42, but were positioned a bit differently. It formalized the Rome-Berlin Axis agreement, linking the two countries politically and militarily. 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. 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. These aluminium-bodied cars were designed by Erwin Komenda. Being a fierce racer meant he also crashed here and there. 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. It is naturally a huge work to make a car and Michael Barbach's team spent around 7000 man hours in 6 years to make this replica. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback. It was a car using type 60 KdF-Wagen's mechanicals with design from Porsche 114 project. The … 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). 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. Ordered by Porsche, Karosseriebau Drescher took the job to make a replica body. The car got new grille, was fitted with two windscreen wipers under the windscreens and was painted silver. In 1944 the car was taken to Austria when Porsche design company moved away from the war. The Porsche Type 64, or Porsche 64, or Type 60K10 is perhaps one of the most iconic cars in the world. 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. 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. 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 … Porsche Road & Race is entirely independent and is in no way connected with the company Dr. Ing. He did everything to go fast. No doubt Hühnlein’s motivation to his superiors included promoting Germany’s excellent system of Autobahns which this race would utilise, and the event would also tie in conveniently with the start of production of the KdF-Wagen. During 1938, Ferdinand Porsche and Major Adolf Hühnlein met, and the subject of establishing an endurance motor sport event was discussed. 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. 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. It was internally called as Porsche type 116, but this project didn't materialize neither. The 64 was to have an aluminium body, and the wheels were fully covered with removable alloy panels. 1940/41. Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. The car was finished in May 2014. 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. Standing at the front of the car is Porsche worker Eugen Schlichter The 64 was to have an aluminium body, and the wheels were fully covered with removable alloy panels. The Porsche family were allowed to keep Sports Car 3 which they used as personal transport right up until 1949. Ferdinand Porsche, a relentless and visionary auto engineer who was also a member of the Nazi Party, started making cars in 1931. The three chassis numbers allocated to the race cars, also referred to as the KdF-Rekordwagen, was 38/41, 38/42 and 38/43. Porsche Type 64 The famous Porsche Type 64. 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 third car was completed in summer of 1940. It is arguably the world's first Porsche Porsche … A completely new aluminium body was commissioned by the Museum from Nostalgicar in the German town of Neuss. 3. He developed the car known as … As the Porsche design office had moved to Gmünd, Carinthia in Austria in 1944, naturally so did no. It could have also been the most expensive one to … 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. On the contract it read Volkswagen Sport, type 64. Both countries had been very poor and this had helped the leaders to become dictators. 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. 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. He also converted the brake system from cables to hydraulic. In 1934 he had an accident after which his right hand remained paralysed. It had longer semaphores than the earlier cars. 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. 1939 Porsche Type 64, the sports car precursor to the 356, is going for auction by RM Sotheby's this summer in Monterey, California. In 1948, Porsche debuted its first car, the 356, and during an early appearance in Austria, Type 64 #3 was at its side. In the meantime Volkswagen was getting ready for production and was renamed as KdF-Wagen in 1938. By increasing the compression ratio, power output was raised to 32bhp at 3500rpm. The Volkswagen Type 1 was given the designation Type 60 internally at Porsche. 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 Type 64 was designed by Professor Ferdinand Porsche to compete in the 1939 Berlin-Rome race. “Otto Mathé, was one of the first, if not the very first driver, to use Porsche products for racing,” said Oliver Schmidt of the Prototyp Museum in Hamburg. 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.”. There were many body versions of the 114 and the type 64 got its front look from the narrow cockpit 114. Please contact us if you would like to discuss advertising opportunities on Porsche Road & Race. 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. 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. For the 1939 race, in September 1938 a project was started to create KdF's Berlin-Rome competition car. The damaged vehicle was duly recovered and returned to the factory. The car was sold in 1997 to Thomas Gruber and in 1998 converted back to left-hand-drive by Barbach in Austria. 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. 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. It is arguably the world's first Porsche Porsche can trace back its origin to the very first 356 ever built over seven decades ago, but some argue that the Porsche … 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. The first KdF Berlin-Rome competition car, chassis number 38/41, was finished on August 19, 1939. Think about it…, Written by: Glen Smale Images by: Porsche, Prototyp Museum & Glen Smale, Categories: Featured, Race Cars, Yesteryear Tags: Ferdinand Porsche, Mathé, Porsche, Type 64. The cars were built at Reutter Works in Zuffenhausen and had aluminum bodies with wheels covered to reduce air resistance. 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. 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. 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. In Austria the car got a local license plate 'K 45-240' where K standed for Kärnten (Carinthia, a state of Austria). 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. And then we found more parts stamped with ‘38/42’ and finally we also found the almost complete chassis and front axle. Mathé then registered the car in the district of Tyrol near Innsbruck, which accounts for the ‘T’ in its registration number T2222. Despite having only one palm for gearshift and steering, Mathé was a dedicated racer. 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. It was also the first Porsche vehicle to be campaigned in a motorsport event. 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. Presumably because the car only offered cramped accommodation for two, they decided to remove the roof, turning it into a very crude cabriolet. 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 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. Of the two remaining cars, Sports Car 2 (38/42) was put to work at the factory as an experimental vehicle. The location of the windscreen wiper, the window frames and rear lamps suggest the car is mimicking car no.1. Your favourite online journal covering Porsche's rich motorsport heritage, 14th December 2016 by: Glen Smale | Leave a Comment. 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. Having established his own company in 1931, Porsche recruited some of his co-workers and the business grew rapidly. 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. Otto Mathé died in 1995 at the age of 88. Please click here to contact us. Often overlooked, the Porsche Type 64 holds a significant place in the history of Porsche sports cars. The second car, chassis 38/42, was finished by the end of 1939. In the nineteen fifties Otto Mathé was Niki Lauda's childhood idol (both Austrians, Mathé born in 1907, Lauda in 1949). Chris Harris Drives: the Type 64, the first ever Porsche. 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” … The Munich Agreement was signed, accepting the immediate occupation of the Sudetenland. Some original 38/42 parts were used. 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. Otto Mathé used to be a motorcycle racer, who started to race in 1923. 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. They've mentioned it as a Porsche in press releases, and they've also mentioned it being a part of their permanent display. The body and wheels were painted black. A record price for a Porsche is entirely possible when the auction hammer drops later this year. Most observers consider the first capital-P Porsche to be the 1948 356 Gmuend coupe. 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. See more ideas about porsche, porsche 64, porsche 356. Please turn on Javascript in your browser to fully enjoy the Stuttcars.com experience. The Porsche Type 64 Berlin-Rome race car (registration: III A – 0701), parked in front of Werk 1, Stuttgart ca. So, Porsche family had to give up the idea of their sportscar using Volkswagen components. 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. Although Mathé was the single entry in his class, as he managed to finish the rally, he was awarded with different awards - Gold medal (given to every class winner), Edelweiss (given to most class winners), Alpine Cup (given to many class winners). Today there are two Type 64s in existence, the first being the 38/41 car Mathé bought from Porsche in 1949. 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. 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. 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’). And the narrow cockpit made it look very cool. Mathé also bought a second chassis and other parts. 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. Ferry Porsche had the car rewamped in 1947, supposedly at Carozzeria Pininfarina in Italy. The. 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. It has an all-aluminium body, which is un-painted. It's the only surviving example. 1. The race was started by 70 solo motorcycles, 10 with sidecars, 43 touring cars and 19 sports cars - 142 in total. “People say the 356 No. 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 nose grille was extra wide (wider than the number plate on it), the rear lamps were different and in different locations. Before the 1951 rally season the car was dismantled for full repaint and was painted turquoise, also inside the cockpit. 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. Having the powerless engine, the type 64 had to be as aerodynamic as possible. 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 car was created on order of the Hamburg Prototyp Museum (www.prototyp-hamburg.de) and finished in 2011. 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. The fastest vehicles at the rally were the motorcycles over 250 cc. This writer would suggest not, because without the Type 64, we would not have had the 356 which in time evolved into the 911. Just a week before the start of the rally the so-called Sudeten Crisis escalated. The top speed was 95 mph/153 km/h. In addition to the many motorcycle classes, cars were divided into 8 classes, which meant there were very few cars in each class. 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. 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. 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. Although this car is today in private ownership, it can be seen at the Prototyp Museum Hamburg and other venues. The Porsche type 64 KdF Berlin-Rome car is acknowledged as the original ancestor of all the subsequent Porsche sports cars to follow. “We say Type 64 is the oldest car to wear a Porsche badge. 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. 3. Just as the Type 64 had looked so ultra-modern when compared to contemporary sports machinery of the day, so too did the Porsche 356 immediately date other sports cars of the period. Even if the dirty windscreen of the type 64 or the later 356 had to be kicked out for better vision. H.C. F. Porsche AG or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries. 362, the much-heralded Porsche Type 64, a swooping Nazi-era car that was built by the automaker Ferdinand Porsche nine years before he … 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. 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. Published on: 9 Aug 2019. The new license plate was T 2222, where T standed for the Tyrol county in Austria. It was built in 1939 for the Berlin to Rome race. 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. 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. After a few prototypes, a series of 30 Volkswagen test cars were made by Daimler-Benz AG in 1937. Hitler had set his eyes on the areas of German-speaking Czechoslovakia earlier and already in 1936 Czechoslovakia started to build border fortifications. It took 1.5 years to make it. The car also had an antenna. 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. Three of the drivers for the event were to have been Ferry Porsche, his cousin Herbert Kaes and Hans Klauser. Some of the remains were later sold to Otto Mathé together with car no. The Type 64 stands in stark contrast to the impressive-to-this-day 1970 Porsche 917K racecar (200-plus m.p.h., 520 horsepower), which holds the record as the most valuable Porsche … But they did not realise at the time that they had bought into the history of the remaining Type 64 parts. Sports Car 3 led a more measured life, becoming the personal transport of Ferdinand Porsche. Type 64. It was meant to … 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. 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