Monday, February 20, 2012

Classic or Antique - How do you define it?

A poll was put on my favorite website Antique Tractors Forum asking what we thought classified as a classic or antique tractor.  Here are my thoughts:

I've heard on cars it's 25 for classic and 50 for antique.

If you go by 25 years anything made by Allis-Chalmers, J.I. Case or International Harvester qualifies as an antique since they quit those nameplates in 1985 or 1986. Shocked Of course Minnie Mo, Oliver, Cockshutt and almost all White's were made prior to 1987. Versitile, Stieger, and Big Bud all pretty much ended production 22 years ago. Deere's 4840 and 8640 are also antiques by that standard.

I like to stick with 50 years on tractors because of Deere's New Generation tractors in the early 1960s. The game changed (or was in the process of changing) with their introduction. International came out with the 706 and 806 shortly after. Of course Case had the 700 a couple years earlier and Allis had their D series at the tail end of the 1950s.

So I guess what I am saying is that anything more than 10 or 15 years older than me is an antique. Ask me again in 10 years and I'll probably tell you the same.

Your thoughts?

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