1959 Porsche-Diesel Type 218 Standard Tractor


  • A nice example of the Type 218 Porsche tractor having enjoyed an earlier restoration
  • Having only registered around 5,300 hours use in its 64-year history
  • Complete with versatile rear box fitted to the hydraulic lift system
  • Belgium registration

The Appeal

Porsche had been making tractors since 1937 in association with German company Allgaier GMBH and Austrian company Hofherr Schrantz. In 1956, however, they took over all production and their models were henceforth known as Porsche-Diesel. Their tractors all featured air-cooled engines, which simplified maintenance, and came in 1, 2, 3 and four cylinder configurations.

Our model, being a “Standard” model is powered by a two-cylinder, 1,644cc engine. It’s a great looking example which presents very well but is no garage-queen. The ideal condition for a tractor. It’s a low use tractor and will lend itself to a range of uses with its rear, hydraulically mounted rear box.

The History and Paperwork

  • Our tractor was understood to have been first registered on 12th January 1959
  • The tractor is understood to be Belgian registered currently
  • Little is known about our tractor’s former life or owners
  • What we do know is that the tractor has been used for a mere 5,300 hours
  • This represents only 82 hours a year, on average
  • The tractor is thought to have undergone a restoration at some point in its past
  • Little paperwork is on hand with the tractor
  • An original Belgian registration document is understood to be on hand

The Interior

  • Our example enjoys an enviable level of originality inside and out
  • Understandably a highly utilitarian driver environment on our tractor
  • The driver is faced by the original, machined aluminium “guilloche” instrument cluster
  • This is populated with various, original VDO gauges, lights and buttons
  • A large, high-mounted Bakelite steering wheel appears to be original
  • The pressed steel seat is finished in body-coloured paint
  • Various levers control the functions of the tractor
  • Diamond plated steel floors allow easy operation of the ribbed pedals
  • A hinged and lockable tool locker is located under the instrument panel
  • Our example is interesting in having an additional bench seat fitted to the mud guard 
  • A rear, wooden sided box is mounted to the three-point hydraulic lifting system
  • This lends itself to a number of uses and allows the box to be height adjusted accordingly

The Exterior

  • Our Porsche tractor presents in the signature red of the brand
  • This has clearly been re-applied at some point in the past but still looks fresh
  • The air-cooled configuration of these tractors allows for a curved, radiator free bonnet
  • Our tractor’s bonnet is complete with original chromed badges and central trim piece
  • The bonnet removes totally to allow easy access to the engine
  • The tractor includes an electrical system with head and tail lights fitted
  • A front towing eye is also present
  • The rear box is steel framed in red with roughhewn board inserts
  • The pressed steel wheels are finished in white paintwork with the hubs in red
  • Tyres both front and back appear to be quite new and retain plenty of tread

The Mechanics

  • This being a Standard model, our tractor features a twin-cylinder engine
  • This is an air-cooled unit with a cubic capacity of 1,644cc
  • This was originally rated at around 28hp
  • This would allow our tractor to cruise at around 15mph in top
  • Porsche tractors were prized for their reliability
  • They were also considered to be easily maintained on the farm
  • This was thanks to the simplicity of their air-cooled design
  • There was no vulnerable cooling system to worry about
  • The presentation of the engine bay appears very good
  • Access is optimised by an easily removeable bonnet
  • Our tractor is reported to be in a good mechanical condition
  • It is understood to operate as expected with only one issue reported
  • This is a mis-behaving battery, and a new item will be fitted before sale


Much like Lamborghini, Porsche aren’t immediately associated with their farming implements. Unlike Lamborghini, however, Porsche ended their tractor production in 1963 making good survivors all the more rare and sought after. Their original appeal related to their reliability and ease of maintenance is perhaps even more apposite today making for a realistic ownership prospect for the enthusiast or collector.

Our example has a number of interesting and rarer features, too. These include the auxiliary bench seat, lighting system and hydraulic, three-point mounting system for the rear box. With that distinctive, curved fronted bonnet, these tractors look pretty good, too. This one has really only been run for around two-working weeks per year, too, so has plenty of life, work and enjoyment left to offer.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1959
  • Make Porsche
  • Model Type 218 Standard
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer
  • Engine size 1644
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Paris
  • Location International
  • Country France
Bidding history
13 bids from 6 bidders
  • ja•••• €12,250 12/03/23
  • vo•••• €10,500 11/03/23
  • 12•••• €9,500 10/03/23
  • Pi•••• €9,000 10/03/23
  • 12•••• €8,500 10/03/23
  • Pi•••• €7,600 09/03/23
  • vo•••• €7,500 09/03/23
  • Pi•••• €6,500 09/03/23
  • 12•••• €6,000 08/03/23
  • jo•••• €5,500 07/03/23

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