Usually when you think Porsche, you think fast, aggressive, and well designed. It is those those characteristics that drive such a high price on their vehicles today. Oddly enough, one of the most sought after and expensive models the brand has ever put out, the old 597 Jagdwagen, embodies none of those qualities.
Originally Porsche’s Jagdwagen (loosely translated to ‘hunting car’) was built as a prototype in the late 1950s for the German Army. The then small car manufacturer had hoped that the performance of their vehicle would win the Army’s favor and gain them a big contract. The car was impressive for its time. With an air cooled flat four engine placed in the rear that put out just 50 horses through a five speed manual gearbox, this hunting car could hit top speeds of 60 miles per hour – but more impressively it could take 65% gradients and offered two wheel or four wheel drive. Unfortunately for Porsche, due to the high manufacturing costs the German Army passed on the car. As result, the Jagdwagen never was put into production. Now, one of the only 71 ever made is being put up for sale. The reason? The owner thought that this vehicle built for war was too fragile to drive around on his estate. At auction, the car is estimated to fetch around $260,000. [H/T: Silodrome]