"The Porsche-Diesel Standard 218, also known as N 218, is the third generation of the two-cylinder Standard tractor series, manufactured by Porsche-Diesel Motorenbau GmbH in Friedrichshafen am Bodensee. The Standard 218 was produced in four different variations. The Porsche 218 utilises a frameless block construction. The rear axle is a live portal axle, the front axle is a dead beam axle with a central pivot point. The wheelbase measures 1668mm. The track width of the front wheels can be adjusted by turning the rims on the vertical axis. On its rear wheels, the tractor has drum brakes, either of which can act as a steering brake. Both the steering gear and the gearbox were produced by ZF Friedrichshafen. The Standard V 218 is a stripped-down model which has a five-speed gearbox and succeeded its predecessor, the Porsche-Diesel 208 in 1957. In total, the Porsche plant produced more than 12,000 Standard 218 tractors from 1957 to 1963.
This Porsche tractor is suitable for working a small holding or market garden; however, we suspect it is more likely to occupy a corner of an eclectic Porsche collection. Presented in the correct red paintwork this example was produced in 1959. No Porsche collection is complete without such an attention-grabbing tractor, which represents an important part of the marque’s early history."