Porsche is mostly associated with the production of sports cars. But the company was also involved in the tractor production between 1937 and 1963.
The history started with the founding of the design office Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche GmbH back in 1931. First the company designed a Grand-Prix-racing car and was engaged in developing compact cars. In 1934 the German „Volkswagen“ was designed for the new founded „Volkswagenwerk GmbH“.
In 1937 the company became the Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche KG and the office moved to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. In the same year the German „Arbeitsfront“ ordered a common folk tractor to motorise the German agriculture. Because of the Second World War only a few prototypes were produced. In the years of war also panzers were built and circa 300 prisoners of war were employed by Porsche. In 1944 the administration moved to the Austrian Porsche-factory in Gmünd. Here the first car with the name Porsche was produced.
In 1948 a new agreement with VW was arranged, so the VW-development department was completely separated from the Porsche KG. Since 1950 started a cooperation with the Allgaier Werke GmbH domiciled in Uhingen. They refined the common folk tractor and launched it on the market. Since 1956 the Porsche diesel tractor was produced in cooperation with the Mannesmann-concern in Friedrichshafen. Six years later the production was combined with the production of M.A.N.-tractors. But 1963 the tractor sector was sold to Renault and the production was stopped.
Otherwise Porsche started early to produce sports cars and was also successful in racing. In 1972 the company was transferred into an incorporation. Between 2007 and 2012 the company was consolidated with VW and at least completely assumed. During the companies history many automobile manufacturers (like for example Audi, Seat, Daewoo, Opel and Subaru) sought advice by Porsche, especially for the development of new engines.

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