Way back in 1938 – a full decade before the legendary 356 – Ferdinand Porsche developed what the German automaker now considers the “first ancestor of all Porsche sportscars.” Called the Type 64, this car employed a number of construction methods and styling that would later come to typify the brand that carries its designer’s last name from the aforementioned 356 all the way to today’s 911.

The streamlined Type 64 has sat as the “first and most prominent exhibit” at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen since it opened in January of 2009, and it will be shipped outside of Germany for the first time since being carefully restored by the automaker as it makes its way to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Type 64 will be on display in Atlanta for the The Allure of the Automobile exhibition from March 21st until June 20th. During this time away, the Porsche Museum in Germany will show off the wooden buck that was used as a frame to pound out the Type 64’s complex aluminum bodywork.

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