Harley-Davidson Golf Cart and a Porsche Tractor

Harley-Davidson and Porsche are 2 iconic brands, in these times well known for their products. Known by not just the enthusiasts who may own a Harley or a Porsche, but to know that one is building heavy motorcycles and the other one fast cars is kind of general knowledge and a mandatory question in every driver license test.

On thing these 2 brand names share is a very long history, and here the general knowledge gets questionable.

Porsche tractors

Porsche tractors attracted attention with their modern design, technical innovations and affordable prices. As early as 1915, Ferdinand Porsche had been working on a plough tractor at Austro-Daimler and on a “military train”, a gasoline-powered tractor with a series of electrically-powered trailers. Development and production of several “people’s tractor” prototypes started in 1937.

Four years after the start of series production, innovative technical developments made the new Porsche diesel tractors into universal agricultural machines beginning in 1961. The Porsche Junior, Standard and Super tractors soon became the best-selling tractors in Germany. In the same year, Porsche-Diesel Motorenbau GmbH took over tractor production from MAN. 120,000 Porsche tractors were supplied by 1962.

I always liked tractors, driving them from young age, this is me in 1965, although not on a Porsche tractor…

What motivated me to write this post was news involving a Harley-Davidson Golf Cart. First I thought it is a joke, somebody glued a Harley Bar&Shield Logo on a golf cart, but the news was about a 60 year old guy who died while falling of his Harley-Davidson golf cart.

This led me to Google the terms, this is what I learned:

The Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company started making golf carts the same year William “Willie G” Davidson joined the company, some say to get a single handicap.

That was in 1963, when a three-wheel Harley Davidson golf carts were introduced, with a four wheeled version following shortly there-after. These carts could be seen all over golf courses throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s.

In 1969, American Machinery and Foundery (AMF) bought the company and continued production of the golf carts until 1982 when they sold their cart division to Columbia ParCar, who is one of the major manufacturers of gasoline and electric golf carts.

I must say: not enough chrome, and this engine picture of a Harley-Davidson Golf Cart doesn’t resemble anything close to the V2 Harley-Davidson we all love:

Here the original Harley-Davidson Golf Cart logo

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