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Up next: Mecum vintage tractor and truck auction

Gone Farmin’ division has 1,000-item docket set for March 25-27 in Davenport, Iowa

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Fresh from its collector car sale in Glendale, Arizona, Mecum Auctions sends its Gone Farmin’ division to Davenport, Iowa, for the Spring Classic auction March 25-27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.

The auction docket includes 1,000 vintage tractors, trucks and “farm relics,” such as signs and other items.

Eight private collections have consigned lots to the auction, including more than 130 tractors from Jackson Boy’s Collection and 68 from the Andy and Doris Spaans Collection.

Consigned from the Dave Anton Collection is a restored 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX tractor that is one of the auction’s “star” lots, according to Mecum.

1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX
1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX

Another “star” offering is a 1915 Wallis Cub Model D, “one of a handful known to exist today.” 

“It often seems that the most mechanically minded among us tune into those talents at an exceptionally young age,” Mecum notes in its online auction catalog. “In Duane Junck’s case, his first memory of breathing new life into an outmoded engine dates back to when he was just 7 years old. 

“According to Junck, he strapped a couple of boards to an old motor and ‘made it run,’ so he and his brother could take turns riding it around the family farm. Junck’s passion for picking apart motors and machinery never did wane with age, and to this day, he can be found out in his own pole barn playing with tractors, implements, engines and more. 

“Perhaps his most beloved project to date has been his ultrarare 1915 Wallis Cub Model D. While he’s owned the tractor for more than a decade and has enjoyed every minute of the experience, Junck is now ready to see his baby off to its next home. Having reached a ripe old age of 84, Junck said he’s not willing to leave this world without first witnessing his most prized possession make its next big move.”

Yet another “star” of the sale is 1960 John Deer 8020, the first articulated 4-wheel-drive model by that company and one of only 101 produced.

1957 Chevrolet 6400 with NAPCO 4-wheel drive
1957 Chevrolet 6400 with NAPCO 4-wheel drive

Among vintage trucks on the docket are a 1957 Chevrolet 6400 with NAPCO 4-wheel drive and a 1928 Nelson-LeMoon stake bed truck, one of only 3,000 produced in Chicago from 1910-1939.

In addition to the tractors, trucks and relics, Mecum is offering “a huge tractor parts collection” through its Mecum On Time online auction platform, with bidding already underway and open through the early afternoon of March 27. 

For more information, visit the Gone Farmin’ website.

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.

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