Cool Cars: 1939 Porsche Type 64

This 1939 Porsche Type 64 will be sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey Car Week auction. It’s considered the foundation for Porsche’s subsequent success and predates both the 364 roadster and 911.

Porsche produced only three of the Type 64. One model was destroyed during early World War II, and the other was stolen and destroyed by Americans near the end of the war. The last model, used by the Porsche family, was sold to Otto Mathé, who owned it until his death in 1995. Thomas Gruber, a Porsche collector, took ownership of it. It has been restored over the course of its lifespan to retain its original condition.

To read more about the auction and the history of the last remaining model, click here.

Also check out this video featuring Porsche aficionado and racing legend Jeff Zwart talking about the car.

The Type 64 that will be sold.

The Type 64 that will be sold.

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The Type 64 when it was owned by Otto Mathé.

The Type 64 when it was owned by Otto Mathé.

In addition, check out these other cool Porsches, both of which were not possible without the Type 64.

Porsche 356 roadster.

Porsche 356 roadster.

The first-generation Porsche 911.

The first-generation Porsche 911.