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.
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.
Top-10 sales, Mecum Gone Farmin’ Iowa Spring 2019
- 1961 John Deere 8020, $178,500
- Aultman and Taylor 30-60, $141,750
- 2010 John Deere 8225 R, $136,500
- 1918 Waterloo Boy R, $105,000
- 1920 Waterloo Boy N, $85,050
- 1958 John Deere 620 Hi-Crop, $84,000
- 1914 Case 20-40 $77,175
- 1969 International 826 Gold Demonstrator, $50,400
- 1974 Oliver 2255 FWA, $46,200
- 1988 John Deere 4450 FWA, $46,200
(Prices include buyer’s fee.)
Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ division has another sale scheduled in Davenport for November 7-9.