The Worthington Register, R. D. 2, Box 44, Mertztown, Pennsylvania 19539
Factory engineered and built in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania from 1920 and on into the 50's, these mini-tractors can provide a fairly low cost addition to any collection. Their initial purpose was to serve as tugs of mowing equipment around golf courses, replacing horses.
The rarest and probably the least practical are the early front wheel drive Model 'T's offered through 1923. An example of one of these is on display at the Boyerstown (PA) Museum of Historic Vehicles, a donation from the Worthington family.
The ideal in our thinking would be a rear wheel drive model 'T'. Over 900 were built from 1924 to 1930. Costs currently range from $500 up to under $2000. The asking price of the one pictured here is $ 1500. Their light weight of about 1000 pounds means easy hauling to shows on a light duty trailer.
Being compact units, they can fit into the corner of most garages and small sheds. Own an acre or more and they can still serve towing that utility cart load of firewood in from the back forty plus provide much of the same hand cranking fun of that stationary engine.
A similar tractor built up with many Model 'A' Ford parts was introduced in 1930, however only 425 were ever built. A complete original would be a rare find. Many were stripped of their useful Ford bits and the remains cast in hedgerows and elsewhere. The author's 1932 was one of these with little Ford left when found.
Most common are the Model 'B's first offered in 1933. Early units still weighed around 1000 pounds making for easy trailer transport, however the last of 1082 manufactured were getting heavier. Four Model 'B's recently found new owners-the average price paid was less than $500 for a running tractor in fairly nice shape.
The last tractor engineered under the direction of C. C. Worthington, founder, was the MoPar powered 'Chief'. Many Dodge pickup truck components were used on these tractors introduced in 1939. The last of 2405 was sold in 1949 and weighed over a ton.
Many Chiefs served the military painted olive drab while others painted bright yellow towed aircraft. Others towed mowers along highways, a common sight today. These Model 'C's are currently your 'Best Buys' with prices around a few hundred dollars quite common. One recent 'find' was even free for the taking.
Jacobson bought out the company after the death of the founder in the mid 40's. They engineered a number of different models in the 50's. Transition Worthington/Jacobson tractors shared many components. We know of a number of these offered for less than $1200.
The author's Model 'A' is probably worth more for the value of its Ford parts today than its value as a running tractor but with increasing interest in old stuff, this is bound to change. Give thought.