Tractors from nine collectors will be among the more than 400 such vintage farming implements scheduled to be offered up for bidding at Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic sale, April 5-7 in the Mississippi Valley Fair Center at Davenport, Iowa.
Seven of the collectors sending tractors to the auction are consigning their vehicles at no reserve, Mecum noted.
Mecum also noted that the docket includes “something for everyone” with tractors and other farming items “ranging from entry level to museum grade.”
In an unusual consignment even for such an auction, a 4-year-old Clydesdale gelding named WaterLou, in honor of the early 20th Century Waterloo Boy tractors, also will be crossing the block. The horse is being consigned by Jim Poole, who for 25 years was manager of the Budweiser Clydesdales.
Headlining the sale are tractors from such collectors as:
• Tom O’Connor of Swartz Creek, Michigan, with 31 restored John Deere tractors and implements including a John Deere Model 42 combine.
• Don Kehn of Fort Collins, Colorado, with 35 tractors of various makes and models.
• The Lemmons Collection of Longview, Washington, with 30 John Deere tractors.
• Jack Wiebe of Plum Coulee, Manitoba, Canada, with 10 ready-to-work tractors.
Other featured consignments include a 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX and two Waterloo Boy tractors — a 1919 Model N and 1916 Model R.
Also on the docket are more than 400 signs and farm relics.