Dear Deeres: Vintage tractors bring $2.5+ million at auction

1964 John Deere 8020 sells for $160,000 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photo
1964 John Deere 8020 sells for $160,000 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ photo

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ sale of the Ron Drosselmeyer collection of vintage John Deere tractors generated more than $2.5 million in sales with more than 175 tractors sold.

The sale was the second of a private collection by Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ division, which has a third such auction scheduled July 14-15 in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada, where the George Nesbitt Allison-Chalmers collection will be offered.

Leading the Drosselmeyer sale was a massive 1964 John Deere 8020, an articulated 4-wheel-drive “muscle tractor” that sold for $160,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices, which do not include buyer’s fees).

The top 10 sales of the auction were:

  1. 1964 John Deere 8020, $160,000
  2. 1958 John Deere 620 Hi-Crop Gasoline, $60,000
  3. 1955 John Deere 40V All-Fuel, $55,000
  4. 1954 John Deere 70 Hi-Crop LP, $50,000
  5. 1952 John Deere G Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $46,500
  6. 1959 John Deere 630 Standard LP, $46,000
  7. 1959 John Deere 730 Hi-Crop LP, $45,000
  8. 1958 John Deere 720 Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $43,000
  9. 1959 John Deere 730 Hi-Crop Diesel, $41,500
  10. 1955 John Deere 60 Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $40,000

(Auction results do not include buyer fees)

The 1958 620 Hi-Crop Gasoline tractor was one of only 24 built while the 1955 40V All-Fuel was one of only three produced by the famed tractor producer.

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