Ultra-rare Porsche tractor to be auctioned

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A very rare Porsche tractor is coming up for sale at auction.

The 1961 Porsche Junior 108 was created almost 60 years ago when Porsche delved into the agricultural industry by creating diesel-powered tractors - meaning this is technically the first diesel Porsche.


Ultra-rare Porsche tractor to be auctioned

Ultra-rare Porsche tractor to be auctioned

With a tiny 14bhp engine and a top speed of just 15mph, it is a lot slower and a lot less powerful than a modern Porsche - known to be very fast sport cars.

Despite there being almost no similarity whatsoever to any Porsche today, it is still a very sought after vehicle, not least because if its rarity.

It is also very unusual and symbolises part of the extensive history of the Stuttgart-based marque.

It is also one of the last Porsches to be conceived by Ferdinand Porsche himself just before his death in 1951.

The tractor, also known as model L108, is clearly his design, with many of the chrome pieces reflecting those found on the Porsche 356 of the period.

More than 125,000 were built between 1952 and 1963. In that time, however, only a few thousand left the factory with the 14bhp 822cc engine, and today this number has dwindled down significantly.

Another piece of interesting history about the L108 is where it was built. The manufacturing of these agricultural machines actually took place inside an aeronautical factory – the very same one where the Zeppelin airships were built, in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

Back when it was new it cost around £1,000 – a huge sum of money for the period and enough to have bought a small house.

Now, 56 years later, it is estimated to fetch more than £45,000 when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams auction in Monterey County, California, on August 18.