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Vintage steel-wheeled tractors top Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ auction


Steel-wheeled tractors proved to be desirable with bidders at Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ sale this past weekend at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa, where more than 550 tractors crossed the block.

Drawing the highest hammer prices (Mecum results do not include buyer’s fee) were a steel-wheeled 1913 Minneapolis 40-80 that sold for a high bid of $180,000 and the “Old Trusty” Aultman-Taylor 30-60 that brought $162,500.

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Aultman-Taylor tractor brings six figures

The sale, which also offered nearly 600 items of farming nostalgia, generated more than $3.7 million in sales.

The top-selling vintage sign was a McCormick smalt pigment paint sign that sold for $26,000. The sign, produced in the 180os, had never been displayed out of doors.

Top 10 sales, Gone Farmin’ Davenport auction:

  1. 1913 Minneapolis 40-80, $180,000
  2. Aultman-Taylor 30-60, $162,500
  3. Yuba Ball Tread 20-35, $90,000
  4. 1972 John Deere 4620 Powershift, $38,500
  5. 1975 John Deere 4430 FWD, $34,000
  6. 1964 John Deere 3020 Diesel Orchard, $33,000
  7. 1972 International 1466, $32,000
  8. 1959 John Deere 730, $28,500
  9. 1956 New Holland 178 Hay Cruiser, $28,000
  10. 1968 Oliver 2050, $27,000

(Prices do not include buyer’s fees.)

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Sign never exposed to weather sells for $26,000

Mecum Auctions next Gone Farmin’ sale of vintage tractors is scheduled for April 5-7, 2018, also at Davenport, Iowa.

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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