He eventually turned to German company Allgaier GmbH and Austrian company Hofherr Schrantz who used the Porsche engine design and called their tractors Allgaier – System Porsche and Hofherr Schrantz – System Porsche respectively. In 1956, Mannesmann AG wanted a slice of the growing farm equipment pie and bought the license to the Porsche diesel engine and the Allgaier design. They completely redesigned an old Zeppelin factory west of Friedrichshafen-Manzell, Germany, and began producing Porsche-Diesel tractors until 1963. Over 125,000 tractors were produced in its 7-year lifespan with only around 1,000 sold in North America by the American Porsche-Diesel Corporation in Easton, PA. The main issue stemmed from the high cost of importing Porsche’s tractors into the country, thus making U.S.-built tractors cheaper and more attractive to farmers. When new, the Junior would cost about $1,750 while the Super brought that price up to around $3,600.
This particular example, Chassis # K13748G, is a 1960 Junior model finished in its signature red color with tan wheels. Not much historical information is known save for the fact that it was beautifully restored in Germany about five years ago before it was brought into the United States. This example of early company history would make a great addition to a Porsche enthusiast’s varied collection and a standout piece at any PCA event. Sure, it doesn’t have an air-cooled, rear-mounted engine, but it has Ferdinand’s personal touch and that’s something only a select few 356 owners can also say.
The restoration appears to have been carried out in a very professional manner. The quality of the paint is overall quite good throughout, showing a smooth and consistent finish. The metal surfaces of the body and main structure appear to have been in good condition even prior to the restoration as there are only some very minor inconsistencies that one could only expect from a piece of machinery that was likely used hard for a good portion of its life. The tires appear to be in new condition, they are Speedways Gripking in the rear and BKT TF-8181 in the front. The wheels are in good shape with nice color and solid metal and only very minor inconsistencies to the finish of the metal showing through. The fenders are in excellent shape and match the overall quality of the tractor well. The left side fender has a new 7-pin electrical connector installed, but we have not verified its functionality. The plastic lights located on the fenders appear to be new and are in excellent condition. The small painted grille in the front is nice and clean with good metal, as is the strip running up the center of the hood. The hood hold-downs are modern rubber versions but they work well and do not detract from the overall appearance of the tractor. The data tags throughout the tractor appear to be original and do show a bit of wear and scuffing consistent with original items.
Climbing aboard this tractor, one finds themselves sitting in a nicely finished seat in contrasting off-white seating surface with a red back which is emblazoned with a yellow “Porsche Diesel” sticker. The steering wheel is finished nicely and in good condition both mechanically and cosmetically along with the rest of the controls on the dash. Behind the dash, the wiring appears all new and well done.
Under the hood, this tractor appears clean, tidy, and well-restored just as on the exterior. Painted surfaces are fairly smooth and consistent with great color. Hoses, cables, and wires appear all new. The engine itself is clean and tidy with no outward signs of any issues and the gas tank appears to have been refinished nicely, both on the exterior and interior. The battery appears new and shows no signs of corrosion or issues. Overall this is a very thorough and well-done restoration, sure to leave this 1960 Porsche Diesel Junior 108 tractor up to the task of display or light duty around the farm for years to come.
Buyers Note: This tractor is sold on Bill of Sale only