c1959 Porsche Diesel Standard Model 218 Tractor
Serial no. H5197
Dr. Ferdinand Porsche's wide-ranging interests in all things mechanical – and practical – led him to include designs for farm tractors in his project portfolio beginning in the 1930's.
As with all things from Dr. Porsche's creativity, the tractors owed little to convention and much to efficiency and imagination. The earliest Porsche tractor designs were modular, with one-, two-, three- and four-cylinder engines sharing common cylinders for manufacturing economy and ease of repair and maintenance. Their most intriguing characteristic, however, was their drive system. It was based upon an hydraulic coupling rather than a mechanical clutch, a feature that was – like the simple epicyclic two-speed transmission of Henry Ford's Model T – designed to be simple to use and maintain by unsophisticated farmers.
The first Porsche air cooled Diesel tractor designs were completed late in the Thirties but commercial production was interrupted by war. Production was begun in 1950 by two licensees, Allgaier and Hofherr Schrantz. The tractors' reliability and efficiency proved popular and in 1956 Mannesmann AG set up a subsidiary company to consolidate production under one roof – the former Zeppelin factory near Friedrichshafen – under the name Porsche - Diesel - Motorenbau G.m.b.H.
Development continued and in 1960 Porsche added hydraulic implement handling sourced from Bosch, a system that made the Porsche tractors competitive with others using the Ferguson system.
Popular not only with collectors of agricultural equipment but also those who appreciate the performance and ingenuity of Porsche automobiles, Porsche tractors come in a variety of sizes and capabilities. The Porsche Standard has a three-cylinder 2,625cc four-stroke diesel power. It is fitted with lighting for use on the roads to and from the fields. It has been restored to very presentable condition and operates well.
The Porsche System tractors' popularity means tens of thousands were built over the years. Many are still in agricultural service, providing their owners with stable, reliable, productive assistance that bears continuing witness to the creativity and ingenuity of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche.
Known by some as the "Volks-Schlepper", this Porsche Standard Diesel will be an interesting addition to any Porsche collector's garage. It is capable of double duty both as a striking display and performing agricultural duties around the collection's grounds, a versatility that other Porsche designs cannot boast. Any inspection welcome. UK mainland delivery included.