When it comes to thinking of items that sell to the highest bidder at auctions, most people think of beautiful artwork, classic vehicles and antique furniture; however, even an item like an ancient tractor can sell for an astonishing amount of money.
One of the rarest and most collectible tractors ever manufactured sold in September 2007 for a heart-stopping $400,000. One of only five known to be in existence, the Case Model 30-60 cost more at auction than even the most expensive modern Case manufactured tractor today. At the time, the 1913 Case Model 30-60 represented the highest price ever paid at auction for an antique tractor.
1988 John Deere 4450 Tractor
In March 2013, this one-owner John Deere tractor with only 2,612 engine hours sold for a record-high price of $70,750. With typical 4450 Series models selling for an average of $50,000, this record sale may set a new market for antique John Deere tractors. Bidders on this tractor were most likely inspired to drive the price upward because it was a one-owner machine that had very few engine hours.
1918 Huber Model 35-70
Based in Ohio, Huber has become synonymous with dependable tractors that feature the latest in engineering innovations. Currently, there are only three known 35-70 models remaining in the world. This impeccably maintained example, fully restored to its original condition, brought a high bid of $250,000 in September 2007.
1918 Advanced-Rumely Oil Pull Model 30-60
In 2007, a 1918 Advanced-Rumely Oil Pull Model 30-60 sold for $165,000 at auction. This model is the first oil pull tractor ever built and was notable because it used kerosene to power the motor. Kerosene was an inexpensive fuel that was widely affordable to many farmers. Weighing in at 26,000 pounds and costing $4,300 in 1918, this model was considered the Rolls Royce of tractors in its time.
Clearly, antique tractors that have been restored can be worth a substantial sum of money. As a result, anyone interested in giving a tractor a facelift or a full restoration should look for the highest quality parts and materials available. When it comes to paint, the Majic Paints tractor, truck and implement enamel is exceptionally durable and resilient. Not only is Majic Paints’ tractor, truck and implement enamel made from 100% soybeans, but it is also manufactured to provide the best possible adhesion and durability.