Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ does $1.3 million at Summer Showcase

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1918 Twin City 16-30 topped the auction, selling for $90,000
Vintage tractors ready for sale at Summer Showcase sale by Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum’s latest Gone Farmin’ auction of vintage farm tractors posted nearly $1.3 million in sales, led by a 1918 Twin City 16-30 that hammered sold for $90,000 at the Summer Showcase auction in Shorewood, Illinois.

“The beautiful weather and assortment of tractors drew a great crowd out to Shorewood,” Dan Mecum, president and founder of Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division, said in a news release. The sale featured some 200 tractors and drew 1,500 people.

Bidding underway at Gone Farmin’ auction

“This auction presented various makes and models to suit every tractor collectors’ taste,” Mecum added.

Featured at the sale were 29 tractors from the Wayne Greenwood collection, 10 from the Chuck Adelsman collection and seven from Marvin Maeser’s John Deer 20 Series collection.

Tractors sold at a 90 percent sell-through rate.

The 1918 Twin City 16-30 was offered at no reserve. The steel-wheeled tractor had been featured in a book by C.H. Wendel and Andrew Morland.

Also selling very well were a pair of Keck-Gonnermans from the Greenwood collection A 1932 30-60 N, one of only three built with electric start, brought $60,000 while a 1936 ZW, one of 90 such units, went for $41,000.

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1918 Twin City 16-30 topped the auction, selling for $90,000

Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ Summer Showcase: Top 10

  1. 1918 Twin City 16-30, $90,000
  2. 1932 Keck-Gonnerman 30-60 N, $60,000
  3. 1936 Keck-Gonnerman ZW, $41,000
  4. 1925 John Deere D, $31,000
  5. 1967 International 1206 Wheatland, $21,000
  6. 1960 John Deere 630 S, $19,000
  7. 1959 Ford 871 Gold Demonstrator, $17,000
  8. 1959 John Deere 330 S, $16,500
  9. 1959 John Deere 730 Row Crop, $16,000
  10. 1959 John Deere 730 Gas Standard, $15,250

(Prices are at hammer and do not include buyer’s premium)

 

The final Gone Farmin’ auction of the year is the Iowa Premier sale, scheduled for November 10-12 at Davenport, Iowa, where some 300 vintage tractors, 400 lots of signs and farm relics and 400 farm toys will be up for bidding.

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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.