The First Porsche

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1939 Type 64



The profile is vaguely similar to the People's Car designed by Dr. Ferdinand, but his Type 64 was far more aerodynamic. Lower, with a sleeker windshield and covered wheel openings, it was optimized to run the Berlin-Rome long-distance race. Its diminutive mid-mounted 32-hp 1.1L boxer four is said to have propelled the 64 to speeds of 81 mph. This car-the first to bear the Porsche name-was originally built just a couple hundred meters away from where it now stands, at the Reuters coachworks, by handforming aluminum over wooden bucks. This particular example was rebuilt by the same methods from a badly damaged original survivor (only a few pieces of the doors and other parts survive).

















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