The T3 camper was previously owned by Ferdinand “Butzi” Alexander Porsche.
Volkswagen pickups aren’t automatically the first thing that comes to mind when looking for high-value classic cars, but this particular model’s heritage may push it to a higher value. Once owned by Ferdinand “Butzi” Alexander Porsche, grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand, this 1989 Volkswagen T3 Doka is being listed for auction with an estimate of $67,000-$89,900.
According to sellers Silverstone Auctions, Porsche purchased the truck in December 1989 to help with work around his family’s Schüttgut estate in Austria. The truck comes with paperwork listing Butzi Porsche as the owner, and has 141,000 kilometers (87,613 miles) on its odometer.
A Porsche enthusiast purchased the Volkswagen from the Porsche family in 2014 and subsequently performed an extensive restoration, bringing the car down to the bare metal and putting over 700 hours of work into it. Today, the refinished car “present superbly,” promises the auction house.
Among his many credits, Butzi Porsche is known for helping style the Porsche 914 and 911, and for opening Porsche Design in 1972.
“It’s an honor to have a vehicle in our auction with the distinction of being one of the few cars registered privately in the Porsche family name,” Silverstone Auctions managing director Nick Whale said in a statement. “This is a superb opportunity to add a quirky and historically significant vehicle to an ultimate Porsche collection.”
While the vehicle itself isn’t especially noteworthy, its famous owner may indeed inspire bidders to pony up big money. The 1989 Volkswagen T3 goes up for auction May 28-29 in Denmark.
Source: Silverstone Auctions