2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rare Deere Scamper Ready For Parades
Saelens wrote a letter to the address of a person who owned a Scamper and found it was for sale.
Saelens says the original engine and transmission had been replaced with components from a Harley Davidson golf cart, and the frame had been modified for that installation. He wanted his restoration to be more “original”, so he refabricated the frame and installed a Tecumseh engine and transmission. The operator platform, front console, and tilting rear panel assembly are still original and in excellent condition.
A forerunner of today’s modern Deere Gator, the Scamper was built by M.O. Holton in Slinger, Wis. Saelens has a copy of the original invoice showing that 10 machines were sold to Deere for $767 each in 1962. A stripped down model without a tailgate, chrome body rails and lights sold for $700. Saelens says Deere probably marketed the Scampers for about $1,000, which in 1962 was a steep price.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mike Saelens, Coal Valley, Ill. 61240.
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