Gone Farmin’ hits 98 percent sell-through

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1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX rolls toward the block, where it sold for $135,450 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photos

Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ division posted an astounding 98 percent sell-through rate on the vintage tractors offered at its recent Spring Classic auction in Davenport, Iowa, where sales totaled a strong $4.5 million.

The two-day sale at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds included 460 lots of tractors and farm-related Road Art. 

Huge crowd at the Gone Farmin’ auction

Topping the auction action was a 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX that sold for $135,450 (prices include buyer’s fee). The UDLX was the first tractor with an enclosed cab and was one of only 125 produced. The idea was to provide a farm implement during the week and a vehicle for driving to town on weekends. It was offered from the Don Kehn Collection.

A 1916 Waterloo Boy Model N from the same collection was the second-high sale at $92,400 and yet another Kehn vehicle, a 1910 International Model F roadster, brought $68,250.

Car at vintage tractor auction? It’s a 1910 International roadster from the Don Kahn Collection

Top 10 sales, Gone Farmin’ Davenport, Iowa, 2010

  1. 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX, $135,450
  2. 1922 Waterloo Boy Model N, $92,400
  3. 1916 Waterloo Boy Model R, $78,750
  4. 1910 International Model F roadster, $68,250
  5. 1970 John Deere 4520, $64,050
  6. 1930 John Deere P, $63,00
  7. 1987 Case IH Magnum 7140, $61,950
  8. 1917 Case touring car, $54,600
  9. 1958 John Deere 720 hi-crop diesel electric start, $52,500
  10. 1970 John Deer 4020 diesel powershift hi-crop, $49,875
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(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

The next Gone Farmin’ auction is the Iowa Premier scheduled for November 8-10.

1922 Waterloo Boy Model N
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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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