Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - GEAR -

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.

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