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After Auction Fiasco, Nazi Type 64 ‘Porsche’ Fades Into Shadows

But will the botched-bidding scandal create real change in an industry constantly racing to up the stakes?

The 1939 Type 64, designed and driven by Porsche AG founder Ferdinand Porsche, sits on stage at the RM Sotheby's auction during the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Aug. 17.

The 1939 Type 64, designed and driven by Porsche AG founder Ferdinand Porsche, sits on stage at the RM Sotheby's auction during the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Aug. 17.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The failed sale rang like a gong throughout the car world on the night of Aug. 17 in Monterey, Calif.

A spectacular auction blunder left the 1939 Type 64, the first automobile to bear the Porsche name, without a buyer. Now, as members of the classic car community try to figure out exactly what happened, the historic coupe is slipping back into the murky shopper’s purgatory where it lingered in recent years.