Dear Deeres: Vintage tractors bring $2.5+ million at auction

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1964 John Deere 8020 sells for $160,000 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photo
1964 John Deere 8020 sells for $160,000 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photo
1964 John Deere 8020 sells for $160,000 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ photo

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ sale of the Ron Drosselmeyer collection of vintage John Deere tractors generated more than $2.5 million in sales with more than 175 tractors sold.

The sale was the second of a private collection by Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ division, which has a third such auction scheduled July 14-15 in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada, where the George Nesbitt Allison-Chalmers collection will be offered.

Leading the Drosselmeyer sale was a massive 1964 John Deere 8020, an articulated 4-wheel-drive “muscle tractor” that sold for $160,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices, which do not include buyer’s fees).

The top 10 sales of the auction were:

  1. 1964 John Deere 8020, $160,000
  2. 1958 John Deere 620 Hi-Crop Gasoline, $60,000
  3. 1955 John Deere 40V All-Fuel, $55,000
  4. 1954 John Deere 70 Hi-Crop LP, $50,000
  5. 1952 John Deere G Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $46,500
  6. 1959 John Deere 630 Standard LP, $46,000
  7. 1959 John Deere 730 Hi-Crop LP, $45,000
  8. 1958 John Deere 720 Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $43,000
  9. 1959 John Deere 730 Hi-Crop Diesel, $41,500
  10. 1955 John Deere 60 Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $40,000

(Auction results do not include buyer fees)

The 1958 620 Hi-Crop Gasoline tractor was one of only 24 built while the 1955 40V All-Fuel was one of only three produced by the famed tractor producer.

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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.