Porsche Type 64 to Be Displayed at the Allure of the Automobile
To mark Porsche’s 60th anniversary in the U.S., the aluminum shell of the Type 64 will be showcased at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta from March 21 to June 20, during “The Allure of the Automobile” exhibition. It will be presented next to other motoring icons that are characterized by the same nobleness such as Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Ferrari, Pierce Arrow, Packard, Cadillac and Tucker. The exhibition has the aim to present the differences between American and European exquisite car design in the 1930 - 1960 period.
The type 64 came to the world in 1938/39 under the guidance of Ferdinand Porsche. It was designed for the Berlin-Rome long-distance race, being able to reach speeds of up to 80 mph (130 km/h) but due to the war it never entered the motorsport world. However, it was an essential milestone for the first Porsche in history, the 1948 Type 356 model.
The aluminum body of the Type 64 was re-built by specialists with outstanding skills and devotion. The shell has been "the first and most prominent" Porsche Museum exhibited piece (located in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen), ever since the site was inaugurated, in January 2009. This is why the German museum could not be left without it - while the Type 65 is on display on U.S. soil, the Porsche Museum will be showcasing the skeleton structure of the car, the one that was used to hammer the car’s 1.2 mm aluminum panels into shape.
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