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Fiasco lors de la vente aux enchères de la Porsche Type 64 de 1939

La vente aux enchères de la Porsche Type 64, tant attendue et organisée par RM Sotheby’s à Monterey à l’occasion du Concours d’Élégance de Pebble Beach 2019, s’est terminée dans le chaos à cause de la prononciation mal comprise du commissaire-priseur de la personne affichant les prix sur les écrans, démarrant l’enchère à 30 millions …

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Vente aux enchères : erreur et flop pour la Porsche Type 64

L’une des trois Porsche Type 64 rescapée aurait dû affoler le marteau du commissaire-priseur en charge de la vente aux enchères RM Sotheby’s mais, suite à une monumentale confusion, la première Porsche de l’histoire n’a finalement pas trouvé preneur. Entre 70 et 17 M$, il n’y a que 53 M$ de différence ou une erreur […]

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There’s A Fishy Reason The Porsche Type 64 Didn’t Sell At Auction

There are those in the collector community today who feel they have been duped and betrayed by auction house RM Sotheby’s, and the reasoning is absurd. During Saturday night’s Monterey sale, RM Sotheby’s brought perhaps the most valuable Porsche ever to the auction stage for bidding. The Type 64 racer is the first car ever to carry the Porsche name, years before Ferdinand built the first 356. This car is built largely using off-the-shelf Volkswagen components, but enough of this thing has been changed, including its basic chassis, that it truly warrants the name of first Porsche ever.

This car was built specifically to further the Nazi agenda, running in the Berlin-to-Rome long distance race which was dreamed up as a public relations stunt to showcase the power of the Axis pact. That’s not what caused the kerfuffle last night, however. The problem was that the car was too cheap, somehow.

The car was expected to sell for around $20 million. Which is why everyone got a little excited when the opening bid was $30 million. That jumped to 40, then 50, then 60, and 70 in rapid succession. Except that it didn’t. Because of the auctioneer’s accent, the person running the display board heard the actual opening bid of $13 million as thirty. Watch the video below, and you’ll be hard pressed to determine 13 from 30, but when the auctioneer starts asking for increments of $500,000, that should have been enough of a tip off to note that the actual bidding wasn’t progressing in tens of millions.

The gaffe seems like nothing more than that, but when the auctioneer takes a second to correct the display from $70,000,000 to $17,000,000, the room absolutely deflates, and no further bids are made on the car. The excitement is replaced by a disgusting display of humanity. The murmuring, the hollering, and the outright booing that happened afterward show that humans collectively have lost all sense of civility. While some are decrying the incident as nothing more than further publicity for the auction house, that line of thinking makes no sense. I’m sure RM Sotheby’s would prefer to walk on and forget all about this incident (in fact, the auction’s live stream has been removed from YouTube) rather than display perhaps its biggest mistake in recent history to the world.

In any case, $17 million wasn’t enough to take the Type 64 home.

 
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Now Is Your Chance To Bid On The First Porsche Race Car

The folks over at RM Sotheby’s are preparing to sell an incredibly significant piece of Porsche history. Namely, the Porsche Type 64 race car that was the very first car to wear the Porsche name. In the video below, put out by the auction house this afternoon, you can see the Type 64 in action, driving around Willow Springs race track in California, driven by none other than Porsche’s two biggest fanatics, Jeff Zwart and Patrick Long. They discuss the car’s significance and what it means to them. It’s a short and sweet video that is worth watching. I’ve seen the Type 64, but watching it zoom around a race track is next level cool.

The Porsche Type 64 will be offered during the Saturday evening session of RM Sotheby’s 2019 Monterey auction. It will be one of the more than 180 auction lots sold therein. To see more information about the car, as well as more auction-ready photographs, click here.

The Type 64 was originally built for the Berlin to Rome race, but World War II broke out just a month after the car’s completion. The first of three cars planned, this one was appropriated by Dr. Bodo Lafferentz, the head of the German Labour Front, who promptly damaged it in a heavy crash. The second car was commandeered by a few U.S. Army soldiers, who cut the roof off the car and rallied it around until the engine blew up, then they scrapped it. The crashed car was ultimately returned to Porsche where it was rebodied with the sheetmetal planned to be used for car #3. That third car was never built, and this is the only car of its kind remaining.

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Origin of the Species: Type 64 Goes to Auction in August

The Type 64 was many things, but it was not conventionally beautiful. Designed to make the most of a tuned, 32-horsepower variant of the Volkswagen Type I flat-four, the all-aluminum car was a masterpiece of 1930s aerodynamics. The riveted construction was strong and rigid for the day, and emulated the construction techniques used on then-current German aircraft like the Bf 109 and Fw 200.

This particular car, the third built, was actually completed in 1940 using the remains of the wrecked first car. Ferry Porsche and his family used the car routinely for several years, and the car received its first restoration in 1947 at the hands of a young Pinin Farina. Yes, this car was first restored a year before 356/001 saw the light of day. Perhaps most importantly, it is allegedly the first car to ever carry the Porsche insignia on the front.

During the premier of  the first 356, the Type 64 was demonstrated by Austrian driver Otto Mathé, who was smitten by the car and owned it through his death in 1995. From 1940 through 1995, the little Type 64 had just two owners, each a legend in their own right. From 1997 through the present day the car has belonged to Doctor Thomas Gruber of Vienna, who has shown the car at vintage events periodically throughout his ownership.

While owners love to toss around words like « numbers matching, » making such claims about the Type 64 is more challenging than average. The hopeful Type 64 owner will not be able to reference a Kardex, but will have to rely on experts. Per Andy Prill, a marque specialist who recently inspected the car, « I have found evidence that all of the key components were manufactured in 1939/40, » which by itself is special. How many sports cars were completed in that part of the world during the opening phases of the Second World War?

Though its origins were shrouded by war, and muddled slightly by being built for a race that never actually happened, the Type 64 remains one of (if not the) most significant Porsches of all time. When the Type 64 crosses the auction block in August with RM Sothebys, the result is virtually guaranteed to be tremendous. What the Type 64 lacks in pace it more than makes up for in pure provenance.

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