Mechanical and Clydesdale horsepower offered at Gone Farmin’ auction

Steam-powered 1902 Case 9-horse traction engine tractor among those on the Gone Farmin' docket | Mecum Auctions photos
Only 16 of these 1985 International Harvester 7488s were produced

More than 500 vintage tractors and 800 signs and “farm relics” will be offered up for bidding November 8-10 at the 2018 Iowa Premier auction staged by Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division. 

The sale, featuring items from 18 private collections, will be held at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa.

The featured tractors on the docket are a steam-powered 1902 Case 9-horse traction engine, 1985 International Harvester 7488 that is one of only 16 produced, and a not-quite-vintage but virtually brand new 2008 John Deere 8530.

‘Gator’ is a 3-year-old Clydesdale

Also on the docket is “Gator,” 3-year-old Clydesdale gelding being offered by Jim Poole, who for 25 years was manager of the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.

Among the signs and farm relics is a John Deere smalt-painted sign advertising the plows the company made even before it started producing tractors. The sign is autographed on the back by the original painter.

To view the full docket, visit the Gone Farmin’ website.

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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, 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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