The real fun of compiling auction sale price data on all types of used farm equipment for 25 1/2 years? You never know what you’ll see tomorrow. Or today.
Like (3) rare IHC tractors.
Two are up for sale today (April 15, 2015) on a Bigiron.com online auction:
- IHC 4300 4WD with 7,658 hours, data indicates only 44 were made
- 1970 IHC 656 Hydro Gold Demonstrator
Both tractors are from the same seller from Kansas. The rare IHC 4300 4WD already had (44) bids on it and was up to $51,250 by this past Monday night. It wound up selling for… $75,251 (wow!) The 1970 IHC 656 Hydro Gold Demonstrator had (27) bids and was up to *8,001. This tractor sold for $9,300. Like many “Gold Demonstrators” it had been painted over years ago. Kind of like an archeological find to run across a seemingly normal 656, 1026 or 1206 ad find it’s actually an original “Gold Demonstrator”.
The third rare IHC tractor I ran across recently isn’t up for sale at auction, or coming up for sale. Nope, it was purchased privately late last year by a Mississippi husband and wife to give to their 10 year old son Chase as a Christmas gift to restore. Young Chase had been on his folks for a long while about wanting to restore a classic tractor. The email Chase’s dad sent me really got me:
My ten year old son Chase is a huge fan of yours. You have sparked an interest for him to restore a tractor. We broke down and purchased him one for Christmas. It is still a work in progress, but here are a few pictures of his IHC 664 that we have gone through from front to back…Chase has a special gift for being mechanically inclined for his age. He is not into any type of sports for some reason. My oldest son was. He is not into playing video games. He is always helping out on the farm, especially if something is in need of repair. At night you can find him on the floor building something out of Lego’s. He has wanted a tractor to restore of his own for sometime now. He saw this 664 store in the original owners barn, and worried me for months to buy it. We surprised him on Christmas morning with it. It may sound strange to some, but I don’t mind making these types of investments in his future.
A few pics of 10 year old Chase from Mississippi and his IHC 664 restoration project:
Kind of makes me feel like the future is in very good hands knowing young folks like Chase are out there. And also heart warming to know there are parents out there like Chase’s folks who see something special in their son or daughter and do whatever they can to foster that gift.
Beautiful job Chase. Beautiful.