This 1989 Volkswagen T3 double cab, previously owned by the Porsche family, is being offered for sale in Silverstone Auctions’ Aarhus auction
Of all the vehicles to associate with one of the automotive world’s most elite dynasties, a pick-up truck isn’t one of them. But this weekend Silverstone Auctions will make the humble pick-up its star attraction.
The truck – a 1989 Volkswagen T3 double cab – belonged to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the brains behind the 911’s timeless design. The Volkswagen T3 will be auctioned this weekend, May 28 and 29, at the The Classic Race Aarhus motorsport festival in Denmark.
Ferdinand – also known as ‘Butzi’ – was the son of ‘Ferry’ Porsche and grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, founder of Porsche and Volkswagen and creator of the VW Beetle. However, a change in Porsche’s legal structure meant that the family was no longer involved in Porsche’s management. Ferdinand then founded his own company, Porsche Design Studio and bought the VW as his works van on December 12 1989.
The truck was purchased by the current vendor, a Porsche racing driver with long-standing links with the Porsche family, in 2014. The pick-up was restored to superb condition after 700 hours in the racing driver’s garage.
The pick up – which has 141,000 km on its clock – will be offered at auction with an estimate of between €60,000 and €80,000.
Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: ‘The Porsche family is automotive royalty and it’s an honour to have a vehicle in our auction with the distinction of being one of the few cars registered privately in the Porsche family name. This is a superb opportunity to add a quirky and historically significant vehicle to an ultimate Porsche collection.’
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche is the youngest in the lineage of Porsche family engineers and was lovingly nicknamed ‘Butzi’, which means ‘baby’. ‘Butzi' was chief designer of the styling department at Porsche, driving the design of the iconic Porsche 911, as well as the 904 and 914.
Nick Whale said: ‘Pick-up trucks do not come into our sales often, we feel this is a very special exception.’
> Take a look at all of the cars offered in Silverstone Auctions’ Aarhus auction this weekend
Words: Rachael Clegg