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El Diablo, A Classic Tractor With A Dark Secret 

I thought since it’s Halloween, I’d share a story I heard a few years ago from someone who claimed it happened.  There was nothing sinister about International Harvester’s 666 tractor when it was released in 1972. It was simply the next logical number sequence in the 60 series line. It’s doubtful the engineers gave it

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How An Ordinary Antique Tractor Became “Famous”

Irvin Baker reminisces on the time Dan Quayle visited the California State Fair and drove his 10-20 Titan Tractor. This Titan tractor sells on the Irvin Baker Collection Online Auction on October 12, 2021 at 6pm CT.  Click HERE to learn more about the auction. A Day At The Fair With Dan Quayle This article

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New Premium Videos Released On October 1, 2021

On October 1, 2021, Classic Tractor Fever released new content that is only available to our Premium Members. Join today to watch now! See a full list of the new released content below. Use Promo Code: CTFCLASSIC21 to save $5.00 off an annual premium subscription. Click on “Have A Coupon” at checkout and enter the

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Tractor Collection Creates Change for Local YMCA

Jimmy Wilson has donated a collection of 85 antique tractors that is valued at approximately $500,000 to support the continued growth of the Powdersville YMCA. The money raised from the auction will be earmarked for a future Child Development and Training Center (CDTC) in the Powdersville/Wren community. An auction of the tractors has been set

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New Premium Videos Released On September 1, 2021

On September 1, 2021, Classic Tractor Fever released new content that is only available to our Premium Members. Join today to watch now! See a full list of the new released content below. Use Promo Code: CTFCLASSIC21 to save $5.00 off an annual premium subscription. Click on “Have A Coupon” at checkout and enter the

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An Auction Trip Unlike Any Other

The temperature was 88 degrees Fahrenheit when we arrived in Ripon, California, but by the time we left 5 days later it reached a blistering 108 degrees. We were in Ripon to meet with the Baker family who are selling their family collection with Aumann Auctions. The goal of the trip was to move, sort

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Not Your Average Avery Steam Engine

I recently had the pleasure to tour the Virgil and Phylis Litke Collection near Marion, Kansas. Virgil and Phyllis were married 71 years and it was as much her hobby as it was his. As their children said, it was something that brought them closer together.  Virgil and Phyllis passed away in 2019 leaving behind

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Family Passes Father’s Life-Long Collection To Others

Earlier this year I traveled to Kansas near the small town of Marion to meet siblings Glen and Brenda Litke. Both of their parents Virgil and Phyllis recently passed away leaving behind a collection that took a lifetime to accumulate.  Virgil Litke was one of the true pioneer collectors of the tractor hobby. As a

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Nothing Like It! A Look Inside The Gray Tractor Factory

A Unique Design The Gray was built by the Gray Tractor Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Development of the tractors started around 1908, but probably went on the market around 1914. Company advertising shows the tractor stayed into production till about 1933. The Gray Tractor with its single wide rear drive “drum” is one of the

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