10 Prices For Vintage Farm Tractors You Need To See
John Deere Model D Tractor – $185,000
Aultman-Taylor 30-60 – $131,000
The next on our list of vintage farm tractors is the Aultman-Taylor 30-60. By 1918, it was quite clear that steam powered engines were on the way out. Aultman-Taylor was considered to be a heavyweight in the tractor industry, dominating the steam engine scene. However, as gasoline began to creep into the marketplace, the company took notice to avoid extinction. Their answer to the gasoline craze was there 30–60 hp model which garnered a fast reputation because of its performance and reliability.
It recorded an impressive 58.05 hp across the drawbar and upwards of 80 hp over the belt in tractor tests conducted in Nebraska in 1919. Eventually, the company would offer to other models to give consumers a bit of variety, but the 30–60 was their most popular seller. It was a go to piece of farming equipment if you needed something that could be scaled for production and work. And work it did. Hope you can find one for sale.
John Deere 720 Tractor – $150,000
It’s no surprise that you’d see that another one of our vintage farm tractors on this list is a John Deere. From 1956 to 1958, the model 720 became one of the companies most popular sellers. These farm tractors at work boasted a five plow power which was unheard of at the time. Essentially, the contractor could replace two tractors since the 720 could plow and disk. It was much better than smaller tractors designed to do the same tasks, and had improved performance to boot.
Beyond that, major improvements were made to the gasoline engines featuring alloy steel crankshaft, better connecting rods, piston pins that were much larger, and a bit of tweaking to improve the cyclonic swirl during combustion. This ultimately yielded much higher RPMs than previous models. With 53 hp over the drawbar, and a 59 hp belt, this was a true farming beast. Today, it is highly sought among collectors thanks to it’s reliability and performance and because everyone loves a classic John Deere! Seeing this classic makes us wonder if John Deere faced off against Case Puma, who’d win?
Ford Workmaster – $3,120
The fourth out of our ten vintage farm tractors is the Ford Workmaster. This classic tractor has quite a history. Ford has been making tractors since the late 1930s. Over the years they made several improvements and upgrades. Ford made the tractor above somewhere around 1962. During that time, Ford reworked their series numbers, giving them names such as Work Master and Farm Power. The Workmaster tractor featured above contained a 172 in.³ engine powered by either gas or diesel.
Ford restyled the fenders and the front of the tractor sported a new medallion. Also, Ford redid the grill to feature an egg crate design, contrasting with earlier series and design models. This tractor was a pure work horse, designed to get just about any job accomplished on the farm. The side mount 5 speed transmission shifter made an appearance although it is not featured in this particular model. Still, the Farm Power tractor remains a dominant figure on the classic tractor scene.
Moline R Cab – $46,000
Check out this rare piece of history. These vintage farm tractors are the Moline R cab. They only saw a production run of 401. Stopler produced the cabs, the same company who made them for the UDLX. Again, many tractors considered these to be a tough sell because of their hefty price tag and lavish features. It seems that most farmers weren’t ready for an enclosed cab, commonly referred to as a ‘sissy cab’.
In fact, Stopler removed many features at the time just to make a sale. Notable features included the rear doors which folded in like an accordion to allow the driver to enter and exit. The seat has to pull down in order for this to happen, which means there is not a whole lot of room in the cab. If you are a large individual, you might want to steer clear of this model. However if you appreciate a fine piece of classic tractor history, than this beauty just might be for you. Don’t forget to admire the dozen or so pieces of tin used to create the floor.
Samson Model M Tractor – $6000
So it seems that Henry Ford would not find himself alone in the tractor market after so many years. Competition began to emerge, and the Samson was General Motors effort to gain some market share in the tractor business. Its massive engine produced plenty of power, but the rear wheels, studded and offset, really gained notice from the public.
Designed to work in the sugarcane fields, it would be a nice little experiment for GM. Today, collectors highly seek it out because of its rarity and form. All metal wheels and solid construction make it a thing of beauty. The oversized steering wheel helps the driver turn the wheels when the fields are rough. And of course, you can’t forget the emblem, probably displayed on the front. The name Samson says it all. Samson designed this tractor to navigate the sugarcane fields with ease, and has become a classic tractor collector’s gem.
Rumely Oil Pull Tractors – $10,235 – $39,885
The engineers behind the Rumely Oil Pull tractors designed them to operate just like their name indicates. Rather than operate on gasoline, it used kerosene. In fact, they can burn any type of kerosene grade making it a very versatile machine. Advance-Rumely Company produced the tractors from the year 1910 all the way up until 1930. The most popular of the models is what you see here. It features a single cylinder with a 10 inch bore and a massive 12 inch power stroke.
The way you started the tractor was quite unique. You had to remove yourself from the cab and use your body weight to get the large flywheel tourney. That was just half of the issue though. Once the engine began to sputter you had to run like mad and hop back inside to adjust your choke in order to keep the engine running smooth. These are very popular with antique tractor collectors. They are always fun to watch start up, if you can manage to at all!
John Deere Model “A” Armored Tractor – $6,500 – $8,000
This rare tractor is unique because, as you may have guessed, John Deere developed it for use by the United States Army. During its original production, the idea was to mount a machine gun on top of the tractor base and use it as an aggressive weapon on the battlefield. However, when testing began in January 1941, the tractor performed poorly. The poor performance was mostly due to the tricycle style steering which made navigating uneven terrain difficult. Also the design makes it look the one of the world’s most unusual lawnmowers.
Oliver Crawler Dozers – $1,000 – $10,000
In 1944 The Oliver Farm Equipment Company acquired the Cleveland Tractor Company, and in 1951 produced Crawler tractors.
1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX tractor – $150,000
What you are looking at is the first-ever luxury tractor featuring an enclosed cab, dubbed at the time as the Comfortractor. The actual name is the 1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX tractor, and they go to auction for a heavy penny. However, at the time, these tractors sold for $2,200. The problem is this: People weren’t buying the tractors. Typical tractors sold for somewhere around $800 that year.
Spending more than twice that amount for luxury features such as a cigar lighter, radio, passenger seating, dome lighting and a sun visor seemed a little over-the-top. Plus, the manufacturer outfitted the tractors much more like a vehicle, reaching a top speed of 40 mph with its five speed manual transmission. You could plow the field by day and drive it around town at night if you wanted. I would not recommend doing that for a first date though. It could be awkward. However today, they are a thing of beauty. This is one classic tractor that is here to stay.
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