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Vintage tractor sale set for Saturday in Walworth

Mecum Auctions bidding out rare item

August 04, 2010 | 09:01 AM
Walworth—A rare 1954 Farmall Tractor will be one of more than 200 vintage tractors auctioned off Saturday in the village.

Mecum Auctions, a company that specializes in the sale of muscle, classic and high-end collector cars will auction off the vintage tractors at its Walworth location, 445 S.Main St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Antique tractors have become valuable investment pieces and we are excited to bring a variety of sought-after tractors to one central location for collectors to inspect, enjoy and purchase," Dan Mecum, operations manager for Mecum Auctions said in a press release."Attendees can expect to see everything from a1960 John Deere Veggie Special to International, Allis Chalmers and Case tractors go up for bid."

Prospective bidders can preview the vehicles for the Gone Farmin' Tractor Auction Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Sam Murtaugh, Marketing Director for Mecum Auctions, said this event will mark two firsts for the company — the first tractor auction and the first auction at the Walworth site.

Mecum Auctions opened up shop at the old Spiegelhoff site a couple of years ago, Murtaugh said.

"That location has typically been used as a storage facility for collectable cars between auctions that are held all over the country," he said.

However, he said the company likely will have the Tractor Auction in future years.

Murtaugh said the location for the auction is good because people are familiar with Walworth County and Lake Geneva area.

The auction is free and open to the public, Murtaugh said.

The tractors up for sale will range in price dramatically.

"Anywhere from $500 for the restoration type tractors all the way up to the 1954 Farmall that may go for more than $50,000," he said.

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