Vintage Ford tractor tops Mecum Gone Farmin’ sale

Aluminum-hood 1939 Ford 9N brings $31,500 at auction | Mecum photos
Aluminum-hood 1939 Ford 9N brings $31,500 at auction | Mecum photos

Collector cars weren’t the only features on the docket for Mecum Auctions’ recent visit to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The auction house’s Gone Farmin’ division offered more than 130 vintage, collectible tractors at its Summer Showcase sale at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Continue reading

Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ adds Back Forty Museum auction

1966 Case 1200 Traction King among the lots at Back Forty museum auction | Mecum Auctions photos
1966 Case 1200 Traction King among the lots at Back Forty museum auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division has added yet another on-site auction to its 2017 calendar, offering Henry “Bud” Reifsneider’s Back Forty Museum estate sale September 16 in Royersford, Pennsylvania.

More than 120 tractors and 100 farm implements will be offered at the location, about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Continue reading

Vintage tractors do well at Mecum’s Canadian auction

1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 tractor brings $75,000 (Canadian dollars) | Mecum Auctions photo
1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 tractor brings $75,000 (Canadian dollars) | Mecum Auctions photo

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division crossed the border into Canada for the recent sale of the George Nesbitt Allis-Chalmers collection auction, a two-day event that generated more than $2 million Canadian (nearly $1.6 million) in sales, not including buyer’s fees.

The top sale was a 1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA powerhouse that sold for $75,000 (nearly $60,000).

Nesbitt, who farmed and was in the gravel and stone businesses, filled three buildings with tractors and tractor parts. Most of the tractors were restored and maintained in running condition.

The two-day sale included more than 300 tractors and 200 parts and tires.

The complete top-10 sales list was:

  1. 1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA, $75,000
  2. 1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12, $55,000
  3. 1984 Allis-Chalmers 4W-305, $50,000
  4. 1969 Allis-Chalmers D21 Series 2 turbocharged diesel, $39,000
  5. 1966 Allis-Chalmers D21 Series 2 industrial, $33,000
  6. 1984 Allis-Chalmers 8070 FWA, $33,000
  7. 1940 Allis-Chalmers WC speed maintainer, $27,500
  8. 1967 Allis-Chalmers D17 Series 4 hi-crop diesel, $27,000
  9. 1989 Allis-Chalmers 220, $27,000
  10. 1967 Allis-Chalmers D21 Series 2, $27,000

(Prices are reported in Canadian dollars and do not include buyer’s fees.)

1920 model 6-12
1920 model 6-12

Some 125 tractors will be offered for bidding August 5 at Gone Farmin’s Summer Showcase at the Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The tractor auction takes place on the final day of Mecum’s Harrisburg auction of classic cars, with 1,000 collector cars expected to be on the docket.

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.

Mecum goes international with vintage tractors in Canada

1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12 is among oldest examples from the brand | Mecum Auctions photos
1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12 is among oldest examples from the brand | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division is adding a sale to its 2017 calendar, offering more than 300 vintage tractors July 14-15 at its first international on-site event, selling the George Nesbitt Allis-Chalmers Collection in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada.

In its news release, Mecum said Nesbitt’s is “one of the world’s most comprehensive vintage Allis-Chalmers tractor collections” and includes “nearly ever model Allis-Chalmers has ever produced from the early teens up through the 1980s.” Continue reading

Oh Deere: Huge collection fills Gone Farmin’ auction docket

Ron Drosselmeyer's collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos
Ron Drosselmeyer’s collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Like so many youngsters who grew up on family farms, Ron Drosselmeyer was sitting up atop a tractor from the time he could keep from falling out of the metal seat. But not everyone who grew up on a family farm is still there, nor have they made a hobby of collecting vintage tractors as Drosselmeyer has. Continue reading

Mecum plows up $3.7 million at first 2017 Gone Farmin’ auction

A vintage John Deere rolls onto the block at Gone Farmin' auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A vintage John Deere rolls onto the block at the Gone Farmin’ auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division generated nearly $3.7 million in sales with a 93 percent sell-through rate at its first auction of the season, the Spring Classic at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading

Vintage tractors, farmobilia on the docket at Davenport

1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX could work in orchards, then be driven into town | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photos
1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX could work in orchards, then be driven into town | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ photos

More than 400 vintage tractors and 300 signs and farm relics will be offered for bidding when Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division opens its 2017 sales calendar with its Spring Classic, scheduled for March 30-April 1 at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading