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Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ auction tops $8.4 million

96 percent sell-through rate at Spring Classic in Davenport, Iowa


The pent-up demand we’ve been seeing in the collector car marketplace apparently also applies to those who collect vintage farm equipment as Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division opened its 2021 calendar with a 96 percent sell-through rate and transactions worth more than $8.4 million at its Spring Classic sale at Davenport, Iowa.

The sales total represented a 68 percent increase compared to the same sale in 2020.

Four vintage tractors each sold for six figures, two of them for more than $200,000.

A 1915 Wallis Cub Model D, produced by the J.I. Case Plow Works of Racine, Wisconsin, sold for an auction-record $231,000. Also setting a record sales price was a 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX from the Dave Anton Collection that sold for $215,250 (prices include buyer’s fee).

Also going for six figures were a 1960 John Deere 8020, considered by Mecum to be “a trailblazer in the muscle-tractor market,” for $194,250, and a 1960 John Deere 730 All-Fuel Hi-Crop, one of only four produced and also from the Anton collection, for $105,000.

1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95
1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95 pickup brings $49,500

The auction also included some vintage trucks and an array of farm-oriented “Road Art.” Topping the trucks were a 1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95 pickup at $49,500 and a 1951 Chevrolet 3100 at $48,400.

Among Road Art and farm relics, the top seller was a 1900 John Deere Plows single-sided smalt dealership sign that sold for $82,600. An “Approved Used Tractors” double-sided porcelain neon sign brought $38,940 and an Oliver double-sided porcelain neon sign went for $35,400.

1900 dealer sign
1900 John Deere Plows single-sided smalt dealership sign sells for $82,600

Top-10 sales, Mecum Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic 2021

  1. 1915 Wallis Cub Model D, $231,000
  2. 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX, $215,250
  3. 1960 John Deere 8020, $194,250
  4. 1960 John Deere 730 All-Fuel Hi-Crop, $105,000
  5. 1922 Waterloo Boy Model N, $86,100
  6. 1969 John Deere 5020, $68,250
  7. 1960 John Deere 630 Hi-Crop, $66,150
  8. 1975 International 1568 Black Stripe, $63,000
  9. 1974 International 1468 Western Special 4×4, $63,000
  10. 1917 Waterloo Boy Model $, $60,375

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

The next sale for Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ division is scheduled for June 4 at Solomon, Kansas, and features 125 “muscle” tractors from the Abilene Machine Collection.

For more information, visit the Mecum Gone Farmin’ website.

Larry Edsall
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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