Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ readies for its largest vintage tractor auction

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1913 Minneapolis 40-80 (aka 'Big 40) was known as the King of Tractors | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division concludes its 2017 calendar November 9-11 with its largest sale ever, offering 500 vintage tractors, plus 300 signs and “farm relics” at its annual Iowa Premier auction at the Mississippi Valley Fiar center in Davenport, Iowa.

Featured at the sale will be the Gary Schwab, Kenneth Schnoor, Larry Schabel, Wyndham Sellers, Michael Fochs, Richard Nelson, Barn Creek, John Deere, Emmett Cole’s Midwest Classics, Okatoma, Blume, Lou Rossitto, and David J. Smith tractor collections.

Aultman-Taylor 30-60 ‘Old Trusty’

Also featured is a special collection of signs and farm relics complied over a 40-year period by Kim and Mary Kokles, as well as those from the Yates Family and Emmett Cole’s museum collections.

The auction offers several “star” attraction lots, but perhaps the brightest of those stars figures to a 1913 Minneapolis 40-80, billed as the “Big 40: King of All Tractors.”

“The ‘Big 40’ is one of the most complete and correct early Minneapolis 40-80 tractors in the world,” Mecum notes in the auction catalog. “This one-of-a-kind find is in amazing condition and still maintains most of its original equipment.”

1966 Farmall 1206

Other star offerings include an Aultman-Taylor 30-60 promoted as “Old Trusty” and originally used for road-paving duties, a 1938 Baker 22-40, a 1966 Farmall 1206, a all-original 1957 John Deere 820, a 1958 John Deere 730, a 1938 Case CH and a 1936 John Deer AI Industrial, among others.

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The complete catalog is available online.

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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.

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