For all the talk about Volkswagens being inexpensive Porsches—or Porsches being expensive Volkswagens—there’s no arguing the VW 39 prototype’s direct connection to Ferdinand and Ferry. The VW 39 is, indeed, a Porsche. Period. Fourteen prototypes left Porsche’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant in 1939. Only one still exists: chassis number 1-00003.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/04/15/last-porsche-vw-39-prototypes