The route offers the possibility of discovering SAME through three different aspects: the tractors, from 1927 to 1983; the technology, from engines to mechanical components; the communication, from advertising leaflets to product catalogues.
Once over the threshold where the figure of Francesco Cassani, the work of Francesco Messina in 1970, is situated, you come to the Museum, which represents a veritable journey through the history of agricultural mechanisation.
The first area is all about tractors, of course. The most important model is a milestone in agricultural mechanisation: the Trattrice Cassani dating from 1927, one of the world’s first tractors with a diesel engine, reflecting all the engineering insight of Francesco and Eugenio Cassani, and their ability to anticipate developments in modern agriculture. It was a machine much more functional and cost-effective than conventional petrol-driven tractors, and in 1931 it won first prize in the ‘Italian agricultural tractor’ competition organised by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Standing out in the first section of the display route is the DA (Diesel Air) series, with the four-wheel-drive DA 25 of 1952, the SAME 240, aka “Smart Tractor”, with its innovative SAC (“Automatic Control Station”) from 1959, the Samecars designed in the 1960s to “work the land and bear its fruit”, the 1966 Centauro, which represents the internationalisation of SAME, up to the famous 1983 Explorer, set apart by the meaningful SAME logo featuring a tiger with four eyes.
The exhibition continues in the Engine Area, which aims to pay tribute to the ingenuity of the Cassani brothers and affirm the importance of engines throughout the company’s history: from the innovative designs for aircraft engines in the 1920s to the first engines produced by SAME during the Second World War, up to today’s FARMotion, an engine conceived and produced by SDF exclusively for use in agricultural machines.
The Museum offers a hands-on experience of the ways technology has evolved in agriculture, and gives visitors a chance to learn more about an industry that has been the lifeblood of the country.