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Record Auction Prices
Aumann Auctions set two new world records recently. A 1949 John Deere A “coffin block” pedal tractor, one of only 8 known to exist, sold for $70,000. And a rare John Deere Experimental 101, one of only 5 built, sold for $240,000.
  Both tractors were in the Barb and Ron Koogler John Deere Collection, Yellow Springs, Ohio. They were part of a large collection of literature, memorabilia, toys, pedal tractors and antique tractors auctioned this past summer. Among other high price sales at the auction was a John Deere Farm Implement Sign that sold for $42,000. It was still in its original case.
  The pedal tractor was made by the Eska Company without the approval of Deere. The tractors were nicknamed “coffin block” for their incorrect, long rectangular engines. They were painted red with no Deere markings. The next year the company came out with a Deere-approved pedal tractor with the proper 2-cylinder engine shape.
  The Experimental 101 was designed to let the operator see the crop row being cultivated. Designed in the 1940’s as the “Full Vision” tractor, prototypes were field-tested in 1944 with introduction planned for 1946. It was outfitted with an experimental hydraulic system and tested with a plow and cultivator. Unfortunately, the Experimental 101 never made it into production. However, a similar style tractor was later introduced by Allis Chalmers as the “G”.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Aumann Auctions, Inc., 20114 Illinois Route 16, Nokomis, Ill. 62075 (ph 888 282-8648; www.aumannauctions.com).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #6