Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ auction tops $8.4 million

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

The pent-up demand we’ve been seeing in the collector car marketplace apparently also applies to those who collect vintage farm equipment as Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division opened its 2021 calendar with a 96 percent sell-through rate and transactions worth more than $8.4 million at its Spring Classic sale at Davenport, Iowa.

The sales total represented a 68 percent increase compared to the same sale in 2020.

Four vintage tractors each sold for six figures, two of them for more than $200,000.

A 1915 Wallis Cub Model D, produced by the J.I. Case Plow Works of Racine, Wisconsin, sold for an auction-record $231,000. Also setting a record sales price was a 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX from the Dave Anton Collection that sold for $215,250 (prices include buyer’s fee).

Also going for six figures were a 1960 John Deere 8020, considered by Mecum to be “a trailblazer in the muscle-tractor market,” for $194,250, and a 1960 John Deere 730 All-Fuel Hi-Crop, one of only four produced and also from the Anton collection, for $105,000.

1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95
1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95 pickup brings $49,500

The auction also included some vintage trucks and an array of farm-oriented “Road Art.” Topping the trucks were a 1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95 pickup at $49,500 and a 1951 Chevrolet 3100 at $48,400.

Among Road Art and farm relics, the top seller was a 1900 John Deere Plows single-sided smalt dealership sign that sold for $82,600. An “Approved Used Tractors” double-sided porcelain neon sign brought $38,940 and an Oliver double-sided porcelain neon sign went for $35,400.

1900 dealer sign
1900 John Deere Plows single-sided smalt dealership sign sells for $82,600

Top-10 sales, Mecum Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic 2021

  1. 1915 Wallis Cub Model D, $231,000
  2. 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX, $215,250
  3. 1960 John Deere 8020, $194,250
  4. 1960 John Deere 730 All-Fuel Hi-Crop, $105,000
  5. 1922 Waterloo Boy Model N, $86,100
  6. 1969 John Deere 5020, $68,250
  7. 1960 John Deere 630 Hi-Crop, $66,150
  8. 1975 International 1568 Black Stripe, $63,000
  9. 1974 International 1468 Western Special 4×4, $63,000
  10. 1917 Waterloo Boy Model $, $60,375

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

The next sale for Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ division is scheduled for June 4 at Solomon, Kansas, and features 125 “muscle” tractors from the Abilene Machine Collection.

For more information, visit the Mecum Gone Farmin’ website.

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