95 percent sell-through at Mecum’s vintage tractor auction

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Vintage Aultman and Taylor 30-60 was among top sellers at Gone Farmin' auction of vintage tractors | Mecum Auctions photos

The vintage tractors offered up for bidding at the annual Spring Classic auction staged by Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ division went to new owners at a spectacular 95 percent sell-through rate, and total sales exceeded $5 million at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa, the auction house announced.

More than 970 lots, vintage tractors and farm-related Road Art, were offered up for bidding during the two-day event.

1961 John Deere 8020 tops the sales chart

The high-dollar sale of the auction was $178,500 for a 1961 John Deere 8020 from the Dave Haala Collection. The machine is powered by a Detroit Diesel 6-71 GM 2-cycle, 6-cylinder engine that can generate more than 200 horsepower.

Runner-up for overall sales honors was another tractor from the Haala Collection, this one a vintage steel-wheeled Aultman and Taylor 30-60 that brought $141,750.

“Dubbed the ‘King of Road builders’ because of its massive power, strong endurance and record-breaking economy, the 30-60 played an important role in building the infrastructure of the United States,” Mecum noted.

Auction room was full

Top-10 sales, Mecum Gone Farmin’ Iowa Spring 2019

  1. 1961 John Deere 8020, $178,500
  2. Aultman and Taylor 30-60, $141,750
  3. 2010 John Deere 8225 R, $136,500
  4. 1918 Waterloo Boy R, $105,000
  5. 1920 Waterloo Boy N, $85,050
  6. 1958 John Deere 620 Hi-Crop, $84,000
  7. 1914 Case 20-40 $77,175
  8. 1969 International 826 Gold Demonstrator, $50,400
  9. 1974 Oliver 2255 FWA, $46,200
  10. 1988 John Deere 4450 FWA, $46,200
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(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ division has another sale scheduled in Davenport for November 7-9.

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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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