Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ auction adds 100 trucks to the mix

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This 1934 Ford roadster pickup is one of the vintage trucks on the docket at Davenport, Iowa | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions will continue to mix things up when it stages its Gone Farmin’ Fall Premier sale November 6-9 at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa.

At its recent Las Vegas auction, Mecum added some vintage and historic guitars to the usual docket of collector cars and Road Art. In Iowa, the company’s Gone Farmin’ division will offer around 100 vintage trucks for bidding along with 600 tractors and about 2,000 lots of farming-related signs and “relics.”

1926 Fordson prototype

Mecum experimented by offering three vintage trucks with farming history at its Spring Classic auction earlier this year in Iowa. That experiment was a success.

“Headlining the Gone Farmin’ department’s first dedicated vintage-truck auction segment is an exceedingly rare 1926 Fordson Prototype dubbed the first heavy-duty truck ever built by Ford,” the company said in its pre-sale news release.

“The Fordson exists as Ford’s first purpose-built and designed heavy-duty truck chassis, making it a significant and impressive piece of Ford history.

“Another highlight of the exciting new truck segment is a 1934 Ford Roadster that is one of only three known to exist.”

Gas Traction Company Big Four 30

But the bulk, literally and physically, of the docket will be vintage farming tractors, among them consignments from nearly 20 collections.

“The vintage-tractor lineup is the biggest and best selection Gone Farmin’ has offered in Davenport to date and includes a Gas Traction Company Big Four 30 (that rides on wheels 8-feet in diameter) and a 1918 Holt 75 Crawler — a rare piece of Caterpillar history,” Mecum said.

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Among the tractors coming from private collections are more than 100 vehicles and 2,000 signs and relics from the Jim Mills Collection, including “the complete set of two-cylinder John Deere Hi-Crops in every fuel configuration.”

1918 Holt 75 Crawler also on the docket

 

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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