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Rare Tractor Still Survives
"Readers interested in old tractors may get a kick out of this rare 1946 Corbett tractor. They were built in North Carolina but only two of them were ever sold in the U.S.," says Russell P. Jones of Raleigh, N.C.

"They were built by the Corbett truck Co., in Henderson, N.C., during the war for the Government Lend Lease program for foreign countries, so nearly all of them went right onto ships for export. The tractors had 30 to 32 horsepower, equipped with either a LeRoy or a Hercules engine.

"I found this tractor in the woods of a man who owned stock in the Corbet Truck Co. I bought it, restored it, and used it on my warm. It's very similar to a Farmall "M".

"It was quite an attraction at the North Carolina State Fair and tractor pull. I later sold it to a collector, John Hedgepeth, of Henderson, N.C., so it's right back where it started.

"I once talked to a man who worked on the tractors at Corbett and he's the one who told me only two of them were ever sold in the U.S. About the only people who ever really saw them were the people who assembled them.

"The Corbett Truck Co. shut down soon after the tractor deal was concluded."

Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Russell P. Jones, 6116 Holly Springs Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27606.

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2