Who says Porsche only good at making sports cars only. The renowned Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer have ever built a formidable war vehicles called 597 Jagdwagen (means 'hunting car') long before Mercedes-Benz created the G-Class.
|1957 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1da6Gw)|
Porsche produced the 597 Jagdwagen in between 1955-1958 with limited use for the military purposed of German Army. In terms of design, Ferdinand Porsche as the originator of 597 much affected by the Volkswagen Kübelwagen with the appearance and performance improvements.
|Left side view of 1957 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1da7HD)|
As quoted from CarMag, Ferdinand Porsche made more higher door sill, then add stabilizer bars. The car carrying the four-cylinder air-cooled rear mounted engine. The machine is capable of producing a maximum power of 50 hp and makes the car drive up to a maximum speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). At the off-road terrain, the car is also capable of being able to climb gradients up to 65%, while the monocoque body was also fairly buoyant, making it semi-amphibious.
|Dashboard view of 1957 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1da7HD)|
Porsche had difficulty to produce the 597 in large scale due to the high manufacturing costs, and only able to made 71 units in three years. As result, the Jagdwagen never was put into production. Of that total, 49 units made available for public.
|Rear side view of 1957 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1da6OS)|
And one unit of the remaining 597 Jagdwagen will be auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival, in September 9, 2016. Estimated the car produced in 1957 to fetch around of £200 thousand or approximately Rp.3,47 billion. Are you interested? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARMAG.CO.ZA]
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