Classic Tractor Life

A John Deere Collection That Brought A Family Together

I traveled with Roger Johnson on a warm August day to the small town of Chebanse, Illinois. Roger was meeting with David Jepson, a long time John Deere collector and friend. David had decided to sell some pieces from his father’s collection. David and his father Dennis have collected everything John Deere for decades. Dennis

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John Deere’s Failed Attempt To Break Into The Golf Industry

  Check out the Earl Scott Antique Tractor Collection Auction that is selling an original John Deere 110 Sweepster. The auction ends on November 18, 2021. FOLLOW THIS LINK https://bid.aumannauctions.com/auctions/catalog/id/29538/ to learn more! The John Deere 110 is a popular classic with garden tractor collectors because its Deere’s first lawn and garden model. It was

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Why I Hate Fordson Tractors

There is one tractor many early tractor collectors hate. Or maybe it’s just me? The Fordson. Why do I hate these tractors? Why does anyone hate anything? Because it has done you wrong or you believe it has done you wrong. So even though I don’t want to, here’s some brief history on the Fordson.

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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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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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The Top Five Most Expensive Antique Engines

The internal combustion engine had its beginning around 1860 when Lenoir created the first commercially successful model. What we know as the first modern internal combustion engine was created by Nicolaus Otto in 1876.  Over the next decades thousands of manufacturers tried to break into the engine market. The results were mixed with some rather

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Controversy Still Surrounds Rare Tractor – Sells For $194,250

A rare antique tractor built by the International Harvester Company recently sold on the 2021 Pre-30 Auction Conducted by Aumann Auctions Inc. International Harvester only built 273 of these 20 horsepower Type D Titans from 1910 to 1914. Only five complete tractors are still known to exist. The tractor was originally shipped from the factory

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