Even by 2016’s standards, it’s still difficult to think of a more opulent past time than Porsche collecting. Back in March, comedian Jerry Seinfeld was rumored to have cashed in on his fleet for some $22 million, while the world record sale at a single auction currently sits at a cool $3,965,000. In short, such a hobby is very much the domain of the uber-wealthy.
And now rich folks everywhere have genuine cause for excitement, with the super-rare Porsche 597 Jagdwagen geared up for public auction. Built by the automobile company for the German military back in 1953, the all-terrain vehicle was viewed as a rival to outdoor heavyweights including Jeep and Land Rover. Back then, the present-day sports car giants were still in their embryonic stages, and even though the design went over well, supplying a full army was another matter entirely.
As such, the contract went elsewhere, and only 71 Jangdwagens would be built, thus rendering the small fleet one of the #rarest in existence. It should come as no surprise then, that when one of the surviving 15 in the world do come on the market, they do so at a premium: at $225,000, to be exact.
With its name translating to "hunting car," the all action 4x4 features a Porsche 356 air-cooled flat-four engine at the rear, with early versions packing a 1.5-liter engine and later ones a 1.6L, which allowed the vehicle to reach top speeds of around 62mph. The design also incorporates a buoyant body design, allowing you to stunt on both land and water alike.
If you’re a Porsche aficionado with cash to burn, head to Bonham’s where you can register to bid.
And once you’ve done that, you might also want to check out images of the brands neo classic 911 Targa 4S.