1955 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen Prototype
From 1954, the German Federal Armed Forces declared their need for a light and all-terrain "Kübelwagen" with four-wheel drive. The manufacturers Auto Union Ingolstadt, the Bremen Borgward Group and the Porsche KG from Stuttgart applied for this order.
After 19 Porsche "Jagdwagen" prototypes only about 50 production cars were built. Then Porsche decided to drop out of this project. An order request from the German Armed Forces for the delivery of 3,000 Jagdwagen in the shortest possible time could not be fulfilled without a new factory, so the board decided against the project. Therefore these few surviving Jagdwagen are a real Porsche rarity.
The prototype shown here was built with beads in the body at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The later production cars were built by the Karmann company in Osnabrück.
The completion of the vehicle at Porsche took place in September 1955. This prototype remained in the Porsche factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen for testing purposes until February 1956.
Allegedly in February 1956 the Porsche Jagdwagen then went to the German Army in Andernach and is said to have been available to the officers there. In 1957 the vehicle was used for the same purpose at the Bundeswehr-Instandsetzungskompanie 532 at the station Munster.
The present owner bought this special Porsche 597 Jagdwagen in the 1990s. At that time the vehicle had all its original parts and in a very good original condition.
However, the paint had traces of use, so he decided to spare no expense and effort and to have the car extensively restored by a Porsche specialist.
Only the prototypes have the distinctive taillights of the Porsche 550 Spyder.
All equipment parts like the bag with the tools, jack, axe & spade, spare canister & spare wheel, trailer hitch and the side splash guard are still existing.
The following sensational extraordinary rare collection of Type 597 Porsche Jagdwagen literature belongs to the scope of delivery:
The Porsche 597 Jagdwagen is currently one of the oldest surviving Porsche 597 Jagdwagen and is in excellent condition. Even the speedometer still bears the original production stamp from 1955.
An absolute rarity for every classic car collection and every Porsche enthusiast!