Clydesdale joins vintage tractors at Gone Farmin’ sale in Iowa

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Clydesdale joins vintage tractors at Gone Farmin’ sale in Iowa
Horsepower! WaterLou, a 4-year-old Clydesdale gelding, will be among the 'vehicles' up for sale at the Gone Farmin' auction in April | Mecum Auctions photos

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.

John Deere Model 42 combine from the Tom O’Connor collection

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.

1916 Waterloo Boy Model R

Other featured consignments include a 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX and two Waterloo Boy tractors — a 1919 Model N and 1916 Model R.

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1919 Waterloo Boy Model N

Also on the docket are more than 400 signs and farm relics.

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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 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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