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

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

Sales exceed $5 million at Davenport, Iowa, fairgrounds venue

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

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

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

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