The Auction of the Century


| December/January 1986



700 tractors hit the auction block

P.O. Box 309, 7506 South Main Street Road, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

The world's largest auction of antique tractors, cars and gas engines, privately owned, was sold at auction September 24, 25, 26, 27, 1986 at the Arthur Bright Pioneer Museum, Le Grand, California.

Over 5,500 people were counted going through the gates in the four day event. One thousand one hundred registered bidders came from various parts of the world, including Holland, England, Canada, and all parts of the United States.

The first day, 450 general antiques were sold ranging from washing machines to Hi-Wheel buggies, tread mills, mowing machines, a piano, an organ, and a refrigerator. Six hundred people filled the seats. Four hundred fifty lots were sold from 9:15 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The second day, 450 pieces of farm machinery was sold, starting at 9:02 a.m. and was over at 11:20 a.m., with 250 bidders present. Overall. prices were very good. Much of the machinery was bought by scrap yards with a lot of it going to various museums and major shows. The bailers, mowing machines, and thrash machines found their way to all parts of the country.

At 4:00 p.m., 650 people filled the area to buy 150 gas engines. Prices from $2,500 and down filled the air. The Crossley was under market value while other engines were above the average market.