Up for auction is this very special 1952 Allgaier-Porsche Type AP 17 tractor. In addition to his well-known efforts in developing sports cars, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche also had a passion for engineering affordable tractors. After drafting several prototypes, Dr. Porsche eventually got his chance to develop a tractor in cooperation with industrial pressing titan Erwin Allgaier of Georg Allgaier Presswerke. The result of this collaboration would be the Type AP 17, the first tractor engineered and marketed to the public under the Porsche name. This rare 1952 example was the subject of cosmetic restoration and is now being offered by its seller in California in excellent running condition.
The AP 17 is constructed mainly from aluminum and this example has been completely refinished in silver during a restoration some years ago. “Allgaier” and “Porsche” lettering is painted in red along with wheels, dashboard console, and steering wheel spokes.
Power comes from an air-cooled 1,374cc 2-cylinder diesel engine with Bosch oil injection and individual cylinder heads. Despite its output of 18 HP at 2k RPM, the AP 17 derived its namesake from the original 17 HP output of the prototype model. The rear wheels are driven through a 5-speed manual transmission which features a fluid coupling that helps to avoid stalling while enabling starts from any gear ratio. The tires are said to have been replaced recently and this AP 17 is said to be in strong running order.
This tractor will be accompanied by a bill of sale. A truly important piece of Porsche’s history, this rare AP 17 tractor makes the perfect addition to any Porsche collection or automotive museum, do not let this opportunity pass you by.