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Dating back to the mid-'50s vehicles produced by Porsche have proven capable when the pavement ends.
In 1953, the prototype of the Porsche 597 Jagdwagen was intended to be sold to the German military.
In 1973, a privately entered 911 2.7 Carrera RS Sport won at the Circuit of Ireland, which was a European Rally Championship race.
In 1978, another private entry, a 911 SC of Jean-Pierre Nicolas managed to win the Monte Carlo Rally, which was part of the WRC.
Porsche's off-road history wasn't all about slow utilitarian machines.
Vehicles from the German automaker have also had great success in the world of rally racing.
Of the 125,000 made, about 1,000 Porsche-Diesel tractors made it to North America.Success in rally racing started with the Porsche 912.In 1967, Polish driver Sobieslaw Zasada managed a victory in the European Rally Championship for Group 1 series touring cars in a 912.The name Jagdwagen is roughly translated as "Hunting Car." The intent of the off-road-capable machine was to compete with the likes of Originally powering the Porsche 597 was a 1.5-liter (1500cc) flat-four engine sourced from the 356. As opposed to the latest Cayennes and Macans, the 597 was not built for speed. It featured a five-speed transmission and offered an on-the-fly two-wheel and four-wheel drive shifter.Early on in production, the power plant was changed to the 1.6-liter (1600cc) engine. It used a short wheel-base of 2,060mm which helped it climb grades as steep as 65 percent.