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World’s Oldest Surviving Porsche to be Sold at Auction

By Paul Joseph

The world’s oldest surviving Porsche is set to go under the hammer at the Monterey Car Week auction in California this August.

The Type 64 was an endurance racing car built from 1939-1940 by Ferdinand Porsche for a 1500-kilometre race between Berlin and Rome.

Only three were ever created, one of which has survived to this day, and it is this car that is set to be sold at the prestigious auction.mo

The car was based on the KdF Wagen – a precursor to the Porsche-designed Volkswagen Beetle – and was fitted with streamlined aluminium body panels and lightweight components to aid its performance in endurance races.

This particular Type 64 was the only one that survived the war and was retained by the Porsche family to be used as a household car.

It was later restored by Pininfarina founder Battista Farina before being sold to Austrian racer Otto Mathé in 1948, who held onto it until his death in 1995.

The car is still in its original state, along with its original four-cylinder engine, and even comes with some of its original tools and spare parts that are included in the sale.

RM Sotheby’s claims it to be “the most significant surviving piece of Porsche engineering and design history” and expects it to fetch somewhere close to $20 million.

Monterey Car Week will take place from 9-18 August.

By Paul Joseph