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14 May 2019

1940 Porsche prototype expected to sell for US$20 million

By Iain KellyIain Kelly
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)
  • 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com) 1940 Type 64 (image: Staud Studios courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Roadandtrack.com)

The only surviving pre-production Porsche is going up for auction later this year and early expectations are for the 1940 Type 64 to hit US$20,000,000!

The car for sale is the third Type 64 that Ferry Porsche, the son of Ferdinand Porsche, built in 1939 using the bones of a very early Volkswagen Beetle (which was designed by Ferdinand Porsche), with a streamlined aluminium body and hopped up 32hp flat-four engine.

It has survived since the end of World War 2 as a treasured piece of history, with its stunning provenance for any fan of the Porsche brand of 20th Century automotive history. It will go under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale later this year.

Currently, the most expensive Porsche to sell publicly is the 917K race car used in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans, which commanded a US$14,000,000 result in 2017.