Many of us wish to go back to a simpler time. A time where everything didn’t include complex computers and needed an app to set up and use. Some even take the big move and decide to move out of the city or the suburbs to buy some farmland and live off the land. Well, what’s a farmer without a tractor. Rather than buying a new fancy tractor with technology and complexity you don’t want, buy an antique tractor that is cheap, easy to work on, and has more style and soul than anything you can buy new. Here are just a few of the more popular antique tractors throughout history.
John Deere 4020- Average Price Now $10000
When you think of tractors, you think of the classic green and yellow tractor that John Deere has been making since the early 1900s. This tractor was produced from 1964-1972 and while not as big selling as its predecessor the Model B, this tractor offered more power from a fancy new 6 cylinder engine replacing the older 2 cylinder one. This tractor owes part of its popularity to its use in the Clint Eastwood movie “The Bridges of Madison County”. This is the tractor that set it above its competitors and made John Deere who it is today.
Ford Model 8N- Average Price Now $4000
What, Ford made tractors? Yes, and their most popular model was this post WWII model that managed to sell over half a million units during the only 6 years it was in production. These sales numbers allowed it to become the best selling tractor of all time.
International Harvester/Farmall Model M- Average Price Now $2500
This classic bright red tractor was once of International Harvester’s most popular models ever. This tractor had a long lifespan being produced from 1939 up till 1952. Certainly not the fanciest or most powerful tractor on this list, it is still a great investment and will still get the job done.
Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the same Lamborghini that makes some of the craziest and fastest automobiles in existence today, started off making tractors for farmers in the Italian countryside. In fact, his tractor business did so well that he bought himself a Ferrari 250 GT. He only decided to transfer to automobiles when he thought he could make a better car than Ferrari. Today, you can find a few old Lamborghini tractors although most of them are still in Italy so you would have to import them. Price varies wildly.
Before you go and spend your life savings on that fancy new tractor with all the new fancy features consider saving quite a bit of money with an old classic tractor that will not only get the job done, but get it done in style.
Tractors that we now deem as antique were once the norm for those tractors used in farming and other types of job in the early 19th century. In fact dating back to the 19th century tractors were first powered by steam engines or traction engines. These engines were not powered by belts and pulled plows and threshing machines. These first steam powered engine tractors were eventually found to be quite bulky and harder to utilize on soft ground. Thus the internal combustion engine was introduced with the first gasoline powered tractor engine made in 1892 by John Froelich. Froelich founded and owned Froelich’s Waterloo Gasoline Tractor Engine Company which was eventually purchased from him by John Deere. I’m sure everyone has heard of John Deere tractors over the years, but what are some of the other first tractor manufacturers to come about during the 19th century?
First Tractor Manufacturers
Jerome Increase Case- Case started the J.I. Chase Company which manufactured steam engine tractors and also eventually produced internal combustion engine tractors.
John Deere-John Deere first bought Froelich’s tractor company which eventually lead to John Deere Tractor Company, which was once deemed the leading agricultural equipment producer in the U.S.
I.H. Farm Tractors-Also known as the International Harvester Company they were an early manufacturer of a very popular internal combustion engine tractor
Fordson Tractors-This company was actually founded by Henry Ford the automobile manufacturer and was in direct competition with Farmall Tractors
These early tractor manufacturers helped to not only make farming a lot easier, they also paved the way for new age tractors and continued to create and manufacture tractors that were ever changing for framers growing needs as well as ease. You can find some of the first tractors, now antiques, on display at various museums throughout the United States or in Antique Tractor Magazines. One thing that is for certain is that antique tractors are both a beautiful work of art and some of the greatest machines of all time!
Hello and welcome to our site dedicated to the restoration and rebuilding of antique and vinatge farm tractors. While we appreciate and have a love for all tractors, our site is mainly focused on antique tractors and their abilities on farm lands and other open fields. We find that older tractors have a sene of history and were just built different in general. Don’t get us wrong we think that a John Deere tractor can definitely put some work in but we wanted to share our appreciation for the older style tractors and just what they are capable of when restored, rebuilt or maintained.