Porsche Family Vanagon to Cross Auction Block Share Comments Silverstone Auctions is making a name for itself with interesting VWs. This time, it’s a Volkswagen T3 pick-up truck that once owned by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, designer of the 911. The 1989 T3 double cab pick-up was originally purchased for use at the company Porsche, the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, Beetle-designer, set up in the ‘70s. Following a restructuring of the Porsche company, the family was largely kicked out of management roles at the company. Ferdinand Alexander decided, therefore, to create the Porsche Design Studio in 1972. With his new company, Porsche was instrumental in designing the original 911, the 904, and the 914 and helped establish the design culture that continues to this day. Although it was created in Stuttgart, the company soon moved Zell am See, in Austria, nearer the family estate. It was there, in 1989, that Porsche bought the pick-up as a company vehicle. Since then, 141,000 km (87,000 miles) were put on it and in 2014 a Porsche racing driver who knows the family bought it. The pick-up has benefited from a frame-off restoration that took more than 700 hours. It’s expected to bring in between €60,000 and €80,000 ($67,00-$90,000).