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Jaguar-powered farm tractor


Apparently car guys (and gals) aren’t the only ones who like to soup up their vehicles. Consider the Pick of the Day, a 1953 “Miscellaneous” farm tractor being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a collector car specialist dealership in Bonner Springs, just west of Kansas City, Kansas.

“This is a one of a kind, hand built tractor,” the dealership says in the advertisement.


Consider that the tractor, a Ferguson 30 (at least that’s the badge it wears), is powered by a 1985 Jaguar 4.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. 

But that’s just the start of the modifications. Consider that the exhaust pipes extend skyward, and at a slightly forward slant, for a few feet above the vehicle, and directly from the exhaust header. 

The engine has a 4-barrel carburetor, electric ignition and is mounted on a custom frame and is linked to a 4-speed manual gearbox. The tractor has a 12-volt electrical system, full set of gauges, and a 20-gallon fuel tank. 

The usual steel tractor seat has been replaced or generously padded, and there’s also a passenger seat.

The tractor is painted in Jaguar silver and Chrysler dark gray metallic paint.

We’re not sure you’ll want to do any plowing with this tractor, but it figures to be loud and will draw a lot of attention wherever you would choose to drive it.

The dealership doesn’t include the asking price, but is open to inquiries and says the buyer not only gets the tractor, but also the complete build history. If that history includes the reasons behind the project, it might be worth the price by itself.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
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.


  1. I once heard of someone who replaced the straight six in their Chevy pickup with Jaguar six. The Jaguar six was a surprisingly good fit in the Chevy and performed great. One time, when stopped at a gas station with the hood open to check the oil, an Englishman saw the Jaguar engine in the Chevy pickup and began hitting the pickup owner with his walking stick.


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