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1936 John Deere D Tractor Never Seen the Field

March 15, 2017

Live talk radio is fun. You never know what folks will call in ask about. So I really look forward to every Monday morning 10:30 - 11:00 AM CST on the AgriTalk radio show ( where I join host Mike Adams and we talk all things farm machinery and we take calls. Been doing the show every Monday since July 2013.

But never had a call like this one.

On the February 13, 2017 AgriTalk radio show Don from Kansas called in to tell me about their 1936 John Deere D tractor that his grandfather sold brand new...this tractor never seen the field. I just posted a video you can click on below and listen to Don calling in and our conversation, cool to hear Don talk about the tractor:


Don from Kansas followed up and got me a few pics of the 1936 John Deere that has never seen the field. He also sent this note:

"This tractor was sold out of the Hugoton, Kansas dealership by my grandfather, in 1936. The gentleman that purchased died two weeks later. We repurchased the unit back in 1976 during the bi-centennial year for the same amount the original customer paid for it when the tractor new. The mag was stolen off and my grandfather and his brother found a new 4 cylinder Case mag and that is what is on it. I have a neighbor in the Minden, Nebraska area that has a mag that is supposed to be new. The PTO has never been installed. I have replaced one front tire and all others are original. It last ran in the Shelton, Nebraska 4th of July parade when my father in law drove it. I would welcome you or anyone to come out and look at it." Thanks, Don.

Here are a few pics Don sent from the farm in Nebraska where the 1936 has been stored:










As to what this 1936 John Deere D that has never seen the field could be worth...boy, that's a tough one. Obviously depends on how much collectors value its extremely rare history. For perspective, here's a list of the highest auction sale prices I have seen on John Deere D Tractors the past 17 years:






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