Foreign Horses Part 1



    Manufactured between 1946 and 1949, the single-cylinder, 18-hp. Allgaier offered German farmers returning from the war affordable horsepower to replace their horses.
    Allgaier, a tool company, decided to enter the German tractor market with a stripped down, economical machine. Best described as a stationary engine on wheels, these tractors employed an 18-hp.

  • CAST


    The four-wheel-drive and center articulation features of the Italian-made CAST tractors were not unique for their time. Yet CAST tractors, like the Model 435L, proved to be years ahead of their time, offering such then unheard of designs like four-wheel steering, braking, and suspension. 



    Australian tractors are not as renowned as their counterparts in America. But for years an Australian machine held the record as the world’s fastest tractor! A special-purpose, high-speed version of the Chamberlain 9G, affectionately nicknamed Tail-End Charlie, was clocked at 67 mph. This tractor was the star of the 11,000-mile Australian road rallies that circumnavigated the continent.

  • DEUTZ F1L 514

    DEUTZ F1L 514

    Deutz was one of the leading pioneers of diesel engines, and indeed of internal combustion engines in general. The company’s co-founded, Nicolaus Otto, was experimenting with four-stroke engines in the 1860s and his company produced its first diesel in 1898, only a few years after Rudolph Diesel completed his first prototype.



    The Deutz FL was part of a range of tractors that were offered in one-, two- and three-cylinder diesel models. This particular tractor employed a 45 cubic-inch single-cylinder air-cooled diesel. A unique feature of this tractor was that the drive could turn around and sit in front of the steering wheels to operate the tractor in the opposite direction.



    Rarely does engineering advance come along that has such an impact that it changes agriculture, let alone sets a standard for future tractor design. Such was the case with Harry Ferguson’s Type A tractor.



    The international appeal of Massey-Ferguson tractors is readily apparent from the sheer number of the firm’s French tractor models. The 25 was one of at least six models Massey built in France starting in the 1950s. “Built” is a subjective term since these tractors were often fabricated in Coventry, England, before being shipped to France as “knock-down” kits for assembly.

  • HOLDER A-20

    HOLDER A-20

    Holder’s lithe but powerful four-wheel-drive tractors were ideally suited to operate on the hilly fields or confining vineyards of the German countryside. The 2,569-pound Model A-20 (pictured) put the power from its four-cylinder, 61¹⁄3- cubic-inch MWM-built engine to work through an eight-speed transmission.

  • IVEL


    The Ivel tractor lacks the design finesse found in other general-purpose, tricycle-type machines like the Farmall Regular or Case CC, which were so popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s. At 18 horsepower, the Ivel was a lightweight compared to other tractors of its time. But consider the era when the Ivel was built, and you come to appreciate the genius of this tractor’s design.

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