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Price Trends for High-Horsepower Challengers

The original rubber-tracked tractor, the Challenger, has enjoyed a reputation for holding its resale value after years of use. Yet, even the worth of these vaunted tractors is under pressure, offering a golden opportunity to pick up tracked horsepower at a bargain. A snapshot of 3- to 5-year-old high-horsepower C-series Challengers that have traded since January 2015 is offered at right. 

There are two interesting takeaways from these figures.

First, age doesn’t always influence price. Notice the 2011 models 865C and 837C that traded for less than tractors that were one year older.

Second, engine hours don’t influence values a great deal. My research showed that five 2011 MT765C tractors ranged from 1,090 up to 2,252 hours. The most expensive of these tractors was the one with 2,252 hours, which sold for $150,000.

• Model MT765C (320 hp.)
   2010: $125,000
   2011: $138,300
   2012: $133,666
• Model MT835C (410 hp.)
   2010: $135,000
   2011: $142,275
   2012: $194,550
• Model MT855C (475 hp.)
   2010: $161,250
   2011: $162,100
   2012: $163,625
• Model MT865C (525 hp.)
   2010: $217,287
   2011: $193,125
   2012: $244,787
• Model MT875C (585 hp.)
   2010: $190,100
   2011: $189,900
   2012: $191,375 

By Dave Mowitz

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