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The 1939 Porsche Type 64, The Very First Porsche

Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. This is the very beginning of Porsche; the start of one of the world’s most famous sportscar (and now SUV) makers on the planet. Chris Harris details the story of the simply incredible Type 64.

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The Porsche 64, also known as the Type 64 and Type 60K10, is considered by many to be the first automobile from what was to become the Porsche company, and a true design precursor to the post-war production model. The model number comes from the fact that it was built mainly from design drawings for the Type-64 “record car”./wikipedia

Most mechanical parts came from the 38 prototype series. The chassis was heavily reinforced and the engine also reworked to produce around 40 horsepower.The Type-64 was only a drawing until the three racers were built.


The body was also a compromise in that the cab had to look like a KdF car,[citation needed] but the rest was ‘record’ car. The VW beetle was the Type-60, and the name the “60K10” means body design 10 for the Type-60 Beetle. Its flat-four engine produced 50 bhp and gave a top speed of around 160 km/h (99 mph)./wikipedia