Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ever heard of a Porsche tractor?


I hadn't, until I came across this report.

Porsche drivers do not generally have mud under their fingernails or ruddy complexions - but this month a special breed of the aficionados mark a 50th anniversary. It was half a century ago that the last Porsche tractor was made.

In a significant change of direction, the Stuttgart-based company stopped making its tractors in 1963 - the same year it started production of its now legendary 911 sports car.

Yet the 120-horsepower two-cylinder bright red tractors with the distinctive engine cover had by this time built up a loyal customer base for the great performance they consistently demonstrated.

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Restored examples can now fetch up to €18,000 [about US $23,600], the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper said on Wednesday, but even bashed up ones are still worth a lot - and their value is rising.

There's more at the link, plus a photo gallery of images.  There's also an enthusiasts' Web site about them, and a number of videos of vintage Porsche tractors on YouTube.  Here's one example.





I can't help but feel a little disappointed.  I mean, I'm sure it's a perfectly adequate tractor . . . but being a Porsche, why isn't it plowing at a hundred miles an hour?





Peter

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

A 120hp two-cylinder? Methinks there has a typo there.

Al_in_Ottawa

Rich said...

I agree with the other commenter.

According to TractorData.com, the biggest available engine was 50hp.


That would be just right for a tractor that size. 120 would be ridiculous.

PS - I read your second novel. Very enjoyable ... deliciously old-school.

Murphy's Law said...

Wow-a mid-life crisis tractor. Cool!

Anonymous said...

Lamborghini still make tractors. I don't think they come in bright yellow or fluorescent green like the cars though...

Tony Tsquared said...

Porsche was not the only tractor company in Europe.

We had a early 1950's Lamborghini 20hp tractor on the farm when I was growing up. My dad sold it for scrap in the late 80's when we couldn't get parts for it when it broke down. I wish I had it now.

I can say I had a open top Lambo as a teenager...

Old NFO said...

That's an interesting one... Didn't know that at all! One DOES wonder what the top speed was thought... :-)

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Remember seeing them when I was a soldier in Germany mid 60's. Liked the styling; very distinct.

fast richard said...

I took a picture of one of those in Switzerland in 1989. It had a plow blade mounted on the front. I used to ask people if they had ever seen a Porsche snowplow before showing them the picture.

Anonymous said...

"...why isn't it plowing at a hundred miles an hour?"

'Cause, while it handles great on the straightaways, and it's adequate 'round the moderate bends, those 180's at the end-of-the-furrow fence-lines just don't work...

...also, the plowshare keeps overheating - only air-cooled, y'know.