Think you know Porsche? You may be well-versed on their road-going cars, including such pioneering efforts as their Semper Vivus serial hybrid (actually introduced as the “System Lohner-Porsche”) from 1898, but did you know they once built farm tractors?
From 1956 through 1963, Porsche produced both gasoline and diesel engine tractors, most memorable for their innovative hydraulic coupling between the engine and transmission. This design dates back to prototype tractors built by Porsche in 1934; back then, Porsche’s engineers believed that farmers weren’t capable of mastering a clutch to shift gears. Per Porsche Tractors, this design stuck and became a hallmark of Porsche diesel tractors until production ceased in 1963.
If you want to one-up the crowd at your Porsche Club of America chapter, this 1962 Porsche Standard tractor, found on Craigslist, may be just the way to do it. At an asking price of just $25,000, it’s a lot cheaper than any 959 you’re likely to find, and you can’t use a 959 to turn over your garden. The owner says it’s one of only four in the United States, which puts you in a fairly elite group of Porsche owners.
With only 30 horsepower, the Porsche Standard tractor may not beat a 911 around your favorite road course, but it can most definitely be used to extract a 911 from the mud when you over-cook a corner on a wet racetrack.