August 21, 2010 is shaping up to be a pretty interesting day as far as antique tractor and antique gas engine auctions go. While there are likely many antique farm equipment auctions taking place across the country that day, here are two we'd like to put a spotlight on:
Jake Shafer's Private Collection of Classic Cars and Tractors
10 a.m. @ 1211 West J and J Circle, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641
Menke-Hoyer Auction Realty Co., Inc.
This auction is likely to draw a big crowd and not necessarily because of the more than 30 vintage and collector cars up for bid. Rather, the highlight of this sale is a rare 1917 Heider tractor, which auctioneer Corey D. Fraise claims is similar to two other Heider's sold at two separate Aumann Auctions within the last three years that sold for $15,000 and $30,000. Even if you don't have the bank account to take a stab at the Heider, it'll still be worth it to check out this auction and watch the bidding sparks fly. Also up for bid will be a Ferguson tractor.
The Estate of Otis Hardy
Noon, Stevinson, CA
Garlic City Auction, Gilroy, CA
Otis Hardy was president of Branch 18 of the National Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Assc. and amassed quite a collection of large gas engines on his 15 acre ranch in Stevinson, CA. According to the auction listing, some of the manufacturers represented in Otis' collection include Western, National Transit System, Witte, Ottawa, Reid, Fairbanks-Morse and many others. The listing also includes several photos of the many big engines up for bid.