For the first time ever, Porsche is sending the first-ever Porsche -- the Type 64 Berlin-Rome car -- outside of Germany to be displayed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of “The Allure of the Automobile” exhibit.
Built in 1938, a full ten years before the first 356, the Type 64 was constructed under the supervision of Ferdinand Porsche and was meant to enter the Berlin-Rome long distance race. Although the car was envisioned as a racecar, it never saw action in a single race, thanks in no small part to World War II. Despite its racing intentions, the car reportedly made such a perfect grand touring car that Ferdinand himself used it on long journeys.
The Type 64 may be Porsche’s earliest car, but traits of the car can still be seen in Porsches produced today. Lightweight construction, superior aerodynamics, performance, and reliability are all traits seen on modern Porsches. The Type 64’s design also influenced later cars to come out of Zuffenhausen and elements of its design can be seen in everything from the 911 to the Panamera.
In place of the Type 64, the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen will display the wood skeleton upon which the aluminum body panels of the Type 64 were restored. Craftsman worked for years prior to the Porsche Museums opening in 2009 to ready the Type 64 for display.
While in Atlanta at “The Allure of the Automobile” exhibit, the Type 64 will be displayed next to other iconic automobile designs of 1930 to 1960. Cars from Bugatti, Cadillac, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Ferrari, Pierce Arrow, Packard, and Tucker are all included in the display. The exhibit runs from March 21 to June 20 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.