Porsche 597 Jagdwagen: did you know that Porsche also had its own Jeep?

back in the fifties, after the Second World War, Germany had been completely demilitarized, and with it a good part of its arsenal and its fleet of vehicles. In 1954, Germany was ready to become a partner of full rights of NATO, but I also needed a vehicle multipurpose. The German army was looking for a off-road light on the line of the Jeep, or the Kübelwagen Ferdinand Porsche was used by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS in the military plans of the country during the Great War. In fact, if you look good on the technique and the aspect of this Porsche 597 Jagdwagen, we will see that certainly was a development that took advantage of the technique that in its day, as used in the famous Kübelwagen, which was in essence a Beetle off-road.

The Porsche 597 Jagdwagen was a off-road light (

Porsche wanted to contribute with your own design, and developed the Porsche 597 Jagdwagen, a off-road light with the engine flat-4, Porsche 356 behind the rear axle, and around 50 HP, which were quite good for their limited 990 kilograms. This suv was able to reach tips of 100 km/h, negotiate slopes up to 65%.

Sure that you will already have imagined that his name responds to the logic of the German names. As well as the Volkswagen was the people’s car in German, the Jagdwagen was, literally translated from German, the car of the hunters.

porsche-597-jagdwagen-03The Jagdwagen was, literally, the car of hunters.

And this description was not at all bad for an off-road initially conceived as a military vehicle, which may end up in the hands of civilians. Between 1955 and 1958 were built 71 units of the Porsche 597 Jagdwagen, 49 of which were intended for the public civil. In 1959 Porsche still hoped that an improved version of this model could call in the German troops, who had already chosen his or her own Jeep, the DKW Munga, a question as simple as is the price.

But it seems that finally that version never arrived, and the project 597 was parked indefinitely. Among other curiosities, the Porsche 597 Jagdwagen lacked doors, the passengers had to secure a place in their lateral line lowered to come aboard. Their production is carried out in the Werk 1 in Stuttgart, next to the sporting career of the brand in the fifties.

And the one that you see in these images is the 597 Jagdwagen of Jerry Seinfeld, who will auction off in a few days on Amelia Island, in a pack that includes other Porsche very special, exclusive and expensive. In fact, this Porsche 597 Jagdwagen is one of the few that are preserved (it is estimated that 15), and perhaps the most original and best preserved of all.

Is expected to reach a bid between 350.00 and 425.000 dollars, or what is the same, between 320.000 and to 385,000 euros. The budget of two Porsche Cayenne Turbo / Turbo S modern.

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