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‘Back Forty’ tractor auction generates nearly $1 million


A 1981 International 3488 Hydro and a 1974 International 1468 Diesel each sold for $30,000 or more to lead the way at Mecum Auctions’ recent Gone Farmin’ sale at Henry Reifsneider’s Back Forty Collection in Royersford, Pennsylvania.

Overall, the sale of more than 120 tractors and 300 signs and “farm relics” generated nearly $1 million, Mecum said.

, ‘Back Forty’ tractor auction generates nearly $1 million, ClassicCars.com Journal
Some of the vintage tractors in the Back Forty collection

The top three sellers were all red Internationals, the ’81 3488 Hydro selling for $32,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices), the ’74 1468 Diesel bringing $30,000 and a 1917 F1 hammered for $28,000.

Top 10 sales, Gone Farmin’ Back Forty 2017

1. 1981 International 3488 Hydro, $32,000
2. 1974 International 1468 Diesel, $30,000
3. 1917 International F4, $28,000
4. 1956 New Holland SP 166, $25,500
5. 1991 International 5120, $22,000
6. 1965 Farmall 1206 Diesel, $21,000
7. 1927 Rumely Oil Pull Y, $20,500
8. 1956 Mack Truck B-42T, $20,000
9. 1971 International 1066, $19,000
10. 1990 International 5130, $19,000

Gone Farmin’s next sale is scheduled for November 9-11, when it stages the Iowa Premier auction in Davenport, Iowa, where more than 500 tractors will be up for bidding at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center.

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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