PORSCHE 597 JAGDWAGEN
The 597 Jagdwagen started life as an attempt by Porsche to create a light military transport vehicle for Nato. In the end, Nato went for the DKW Munga, which was apparently simpler and cheaper to produce. With R&D already complete, Porsche decided to transform the 597 into a vehicle for hunters, and the Jagdwagen was born. Only 71 examples were created, though, and were built between 1955 and 1958. At last count, a mere 15 were still around, with only one or two in decent condition. The one pictured here is purportedly the most original example in existence, and is worth around $400 000. The Jagdwagen was powered by a 356 engine, mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.