The Porsche Cayenne is widely viewed as the German carmaker’s first foray into the world of 4x4s and off-roaders. However, in the mid-1950s, Porsche dabbled in this space with the Type 597, which was conceived for the German Army.
The story of the Type 597 starts back in early 1953 when Porsche was competing against Auto Union and the Borgward Group for a military contract. It was tasked with creating a light truck for the army and the Type 597 is what it came up with. Just 71 examples are believed to have been produced and in August, the 5th