The 1939 Porsche 60K10 prototype racer is considered to be the granddaddy of all Porsches. Sponsored by the Nazi party as a way of demonstrating German engineering superiority, the 60K10 was designed to compete in a proposed Berlin-to-Rome road race. Because the only available engine was the modest VW 1.1 liter flat-four (generating 45 horsepower), Ferdinand Porsche tapped Erwin Komenda, Porsche's chief body designer, to develop a new, lightweight body. The result was a race car possessing the ultra-aerodynamic body shape of what has come to be known as the Porsche form. The 60K10 was capable of sustained speeds of over 100 mph while consuming tiny amounts of fuel, and as the race approached it appeared to be the odds on favorite. Any hopes of glory, however, were dashed when World War Two interceded and the race was cancelled. After the war, famed one-armed Austrian racer Otto Mathe purchased the sole surviving 60K10, and raced it in local events.
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January 20th, 2019
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