Farmer knows best? Mecum’s vintage tractor sale tops $2 million

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1959 John Deere 6030 brings $44,000
Vintage tractor auction draws a lot of interest | Mecum Auctions photos
Vintage tractor auction draws a lot of interest | Mecum Auctions photos

Should your classic car collection include a vintage farm tractor?

You see such vehicles offered for sale from time to time at some classic car auctions, but Mecum Auctions has an entire Gone Farmin’ division that focuses on vintage farm equipment. Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ just held its Iowa Premier sale in Davenport, Iowa, where 234 of 287 tractors sold (an impressive 82 percent sell-through) for a total of more than $2 million ($2,073,653 to be precise).

1959 John Deere 6030 brings $44,000
1959 John Deere 6030 brings $44,000

The top-dollar sale was $68,500 (hammer price) for a 1959 John Deere 730 LPG Hi-Crop unit, one of only 28 produced and this one formerly displayed in the John Deere Museum.

A 1974 John Deere 6030 went for $44,000, with a 1983 Deere 4050 bringing $42,500.

The top nine sales in terms of dollars bid were John Deere units. Next — 10th overall at the sale — was an Allis Chalmers D21 Series II that sold for $25,000.

Mecum’s next Gone Farmin’ auction is April 10-11, 2015, also at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport.

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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.