Monday, 15 July 2013

The Porsche thousands of ordinary Germans could afford already 50 years ago

Today most people associate Porsche with fast sport cars that only rather well to do people can afford. However, already in the difficult post war reconstruction years, thousands of ordinary Germans  drove a Porsche - albeit a Porsche tractor

The initial design and production of Porsche tractors began already in 1934. After the war there was of course a growing demand for tractors, and in 1956  Porsche-Diesel Motorenbau GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mannesmann AG, built a new production facility in Friedrichshafen-Manzell at the old Donier/Zeppelin factory.

However, already in the end of 1963 the last Porsche tractor left the production line, as Mannesmann decided to discontinue tractor manufacturing.

In 1958, when the 14 hp Porsche Junior model shown in the pictures below left the factory, altogether 20,000 tractors were made in Friedrichshafen-Manzell. 

This 1958 Porsche Junior belongs to a collector in Helsingborg, Sweden.

The look of a 1958 Porsche.

From the driver's seat.

A young Swedish Porsche driver.

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