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Vintage tractors, farm ‘relics’ bring $2 million in sales at Mecum auction


, Vintage tractors, farm ‘relics’ bring $2 million in sales at Mecum auction, ClassicCars.com Journal
The scene at Gone Farmin’ sale in Iowa | Mecum Auction photos

Yes, we know, this is the blog of ClassicCars.com, but if you like old cars and vintage motorcycles, how can you not have at least a passing interest in historic farm implements?

Hey, we’ve seen vintage tractors at major concours d’elegance and a few even have rolled across the block at some important classic car auctions. And Ford, Porsche and Lamborghini all have histories involving the design and production of tractors.

A few times each year, Mecum Auctions stages one of its “Gone Farmin’” sales of vintage tractors and farm relics. The most recent such sale took place last week at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa, where 200 tractors and 350 signs and relics sold for more than $2 million, with an impressive 88-percent sell-through rate.

The Little Bull
The Little Bull

The total sales amount was a record for Mecum’s four-year-old Gone Farmin’ sales division.

The high-dollar sale was a 1913 Bull Tractor Co. Little Bull 5-12 that hammerd for $81,000 (all prices here are hammer prices). A 1919 Waterloo Boy N brought $80,000 and had been retained by its original owner for six decades; its second owner had it from 1979 until selling it last year.

Among the top-10 sales were a pair from the Steve Sickafoose Collection — a 1971 Farmall 1456 MFWA going for $65,000 and a 1972 Farmall 1468 getting $42,000.

Six of the top-10- sales were vintage John Deeres, led by a 1924 John Deere D that sold for $46,000.

Mecum’s next vintage tractor auction is June 6-7 at Nashville, Tenn.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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