1960, 1970 Muscle Tractors Are Hot!
Large, late-model tractor values may be at historic low prices.
On the other hand, their grandfathers – the 100+-hp. muscle tractors from the 1960s and 1970s – are selling at historic high prices, effectively putting them out of reach of farmers looking to buy such models as chore tractors. An International Harvester model 1206, such as the rare front-wheel-drive Farmall version shown above, could be the poster child for this movement.
Collectors began snapping up 1206s last decade, quickly driving prices of nonrestored tractors to $10,000, then to $25,000, and finally flying past $30,000 and beyond on restored or rare versions of this model. The desire for muscle tractors from this era is also affecting the values of 100+-hp. Allis-Chalmers, John Deere, J.I. Case, Minneapolis-Moline, and Oliver tractors.
Then, too, the trend is driving up the prices of four-wheel-drive (4WD) tractors from this era.
“We just sold an International 4300 (the first 4WD built by International Harvester) for just short of $60,000,” says Mark Stock of Big Iron. Another example of this is John Deere 8010s (John Deere’s first 4WD). They’ve all been snapped up. If one sold today, it would easily fetch over $100,000.
And 1970s tractors are catching fire as well. Collectors are beginning to buy large-horsepower tractors from the 1970s. For example, International Harvester’s unique 2+2 tractors, such as the 3388 and 3588 first built in 1978, are highly sought after.
The upshot of this trend is that the high-horsepower tractors from the 1960s or 1970s you might now be using as chore tractors may be worth more than similar-size tractors 20 or more years younger. This offers the opportunity to sell off that vintage horsepower to pay for a trade-up in chore tractors.