Top seller amongst all the Gone Farmin' lots at Walworth in Wisconsin, USA, was a 1937 John Deere 62, which sold for US$52,000 at this auction. Rarer than the Ford 9N, the 62 model was only produced for 1937, and only 79 units were built, so it's considered amongst the most collectable US-built tractors. This particular 62, offered in fully restored condition with bottom plow cultivators, was from the collection of Gary Holland, and was one of six John Deeres consigned for this auction by the Illinois-based enthusiast and John Deere dealer.
Following the trend of past Gone Farmin' events, John Deeres in general sold well at this auction, with seven of the top ten sellers being the distinctive green and yellow machines. Third-best seller was a John Deere 620 LP with orchard shrouding that sold for US$28,500, while a 1959 430H sold for US$20,000. A 1975 model 7030 bid up to US$23,500, but failed to meet its reserve. Other John Deeres, in the form of a 1960 330, 1951 AH, 1960 730 Standard and 1955 80, sold for US$19,000, US$18,000, US$15,250 and US$15,000 respectively.
Oliver tractors sold well, too, with a rare Oliver Super 77 diesel tractor in high crop configuration going for US$26,500, while a newer 995 model sold for US$25,500. Both Olivers had been restored, with the 995 treated to a thorough five-year restoration that included a completely rebuilt engine, new gearing, new clutch, rebuilt radiator, fuel pump and more.
Following the success of Gone Farmin', Mecum will expand these auctions from their now traditional base at Walworth to a new auction and new location at Davenport, Iowa. Full details on all lots from August's Gone Farmin' auction, plus details of upcoming auctions can be viewed at www.mecum.com
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