1958 Porsche-Diesel Junior 108 L
$30,000 - $40,000Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 8 - 9 MARCH 2019 - Offered on Friday
- Desirable and stylish Junior model
- Ground-up, photo-documented restoration
- Rear- and mid-mounted power take-offs (PTOs)
- Features exterior lighting
While Porsche was developing a design for a “people’s car” in 1930s Germany, work was simultaneously being done to design a “people’s tractor” for industrial and farm use. The design hallmark of these tractors was a hydraulic coupling between engine and transmission allowing for smoother shifting. A trio of gasoline prototypes was produced in 1934, but ultimately the Porsche tractors were all powered by air-cooled diesel engines. Porsche-Diesel built four models of tractor, from the 14-bhp Junior to the 55-bhp Super.
The stylish Junior 108 L tractor was the smallest of Porsche-Diesel’s family of tractors produced from 1956 to 1963. Just as hard working as they were attractive, these tractors were put to work all over continental Europe. Built at the old Zeppelin factory in Friedrichshafen-Manzell, Germany, over 125,000 Porsche-Diesel tractors in total were produced, with the Junior models being the most popular. Only about 1,000 tractors of all types were sold new to the U.S., much in part due to stiff competition from their more affordable American competitors.
Vintage Porsche automobiles have been coveted by aficionados for decades, while Porsche-Diesel tractors have been gaining in popularity with these collectors in recent years as well. At the 2018 Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca, a special tractor race was held, complete with a Le Mans-style start, delighting spectators and drawing the attention of Porsche enthusiasts and collectors to the charming and stylish Porsche-Diesel tractors.
After many years of faithful service on the farmlands of Holland, this beautiful Porsche-Diesel tractor was the subject of a comprehensive, highly detailed restoration in 2018. Finished in the traditional and correct red color with contrasting cream wheels, every nut and bolt of this classic tractor has been restored and photo-documented. With both rear- and mid-mounted power take-offs (PTOs), exterior lighting, exceptional restoration qualities, and irresistible charm, this Junior would make a fine addition to any enthusiast’s collection – be it on the farm as originally intended, as part of an eye-catching Porsche display, or even on the track for all to enjoy.