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Extraordinary auction to take place in Lapeer Michigan

As a premiere sponsor of Mecum Gone Farmin’ we are very excited for the upcoming tractor auction in our own backyard. The Charles Schneider collection will be auctioned off in Lapeer, only 30 miles from Steiner Tractor Parts. For all the details on this upcoming auction check out the press release by Mecum Auctions below.
Charles Schneider Auction - Mecum
Gone Farmin’ To Offer Extraordinary Collection Of Rare Orchard, Grove and Vineyard Tractors

More than 100 tractors to be offered June 4 at Gone Farmin’s inaugural on-site auction

Walworth, Wis. – April 13, 2016 – An exceptional group of some of the most unique and rare tractors in the world will be offered Saturday, June 4 at the Charles Schneider Estate in Lapeer, Michigan. This high-caliber assemblage of more than 100 tractors is recognized as the world’s largest orchard, vineyard and grove collection. Schneider also has a strong interest in American and European finely detailed streamlined tractors. This will be the first time that the Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ division has conducted an auction entirely from a collector’s private storage and display space.
Two distinctive tractors to emerge from this notable collection are the 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UTOX (Lot S1) and the 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX (Lot S2). It is immensely rare to see one of these tractors at an auction, and to have both offered at one auction is extraordinary. There were only 26 UTOXs built and very few are known to still exist. This tractor is the first one known to be offered at public auction.
Other high-profile tractors in Schneider’s collection include the Plymouth Orchard, which is the only orchard model of the 214 known. Another main attraction is the Sheppard Diesel SDO-3, one of two known survivors—a model of which only 12 were produced.Parrett OrchardMassey-Harris 44 Orchard and Ford 9N with an aluminum hood, as well as a fine collection of more than 250 signs, clocks, farm relics and collectibles will also be offered at this event.
“We’re pleased to offer this impressive collection on-site at the Schneider Estate,” notes Dan Mecum, president and founder of Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division. “It’s an honor to conduct an auction of this magnitude directly from the home property of our consignor. Some of these rare tractors rarely surface to auction, and we’re excited to be a part of this great offering.”

The Michigan country estate of Charles Schneider will also be offered on June 4 at 12:30 p.m. This estate is comprised of 40 acres that includes a 5,000-square-foot home with a five-car heated garage topped by a spacious 1,780-square-foot second-floor guest suite. There is also a 20-foot by 40-foot in-ground swimming pool, renovated two-story heated round-roof barn and several additional heated storage buildings. An additional 200-acres is also available.

The auction is open to buyers and spectators with complimentary general admission. Bidder registration is $25. A bidder badge is required to gain seating access to the auction area. Doors open June 4 at 7 a.m. An auction preview day will be held June 3 from 3-6 p.m.

For more information about this event, visit or call (262) 275-5050.

About Mecum Auctions
The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 29 years, now offering more than 20,000 lots per year. Headquartered in Walworth, Wis., Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle and Road Art sales. In 2010, Dan Mecum launched the Gone Farmin’ tractor division within the company and has since grown it into a thriving venture now offering four auctions each year. For further information, visit or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

The Charles Schneider Estate
2681 Hadley Road
Lapeer, MI 48446
June 4, 2016
Admission: Complimentary//Bidder Registration: $25 – a bidder badge is required to gain access to the auction seating area
Preview: Friday, June 3 – 3-6 p.m.
Auction: Signs, farm relics, collectibles begin at 9 a.m.//Estate auction begins at 12:30 p.m.//Tractors begin at 1 p.m.

Sale Superlatives

These are the firsts, the best, the top sellers, and the most exciting tractors that crossed the auction block this past weekend at the Mecum Gone Farmin’ auction in Davenport, IA.

Top Seller:

Quite a few first or only tractors were sold, but this Little Giant tractor was one of the biggest show-stoppers. According to Mecum’s researchers, it’s the first Model B that was sold and the oldest Little Giant in existence. Want to take a guess at the sale price? It’s listed at the bottom of this article.

little giant

First in its Model:

I love this 1935 John Deere D Industrial. It’s the first of 91 Model D Industrial tractors built. The special pneumatic tires are really eye-catching. It was consigned from the Cass and Hyler John Deere Collection, and like others from this collection the restoration was really pristine. It sold for $80,000.

john deere d industrial

Boldest Paint Job

The unusual (and accurate) color combination of this Lamborghini 1R really stands out! It’s extremely rare and very cool! Sale price: $29,000.


The Oddest:

Okay, this is pretty subjective – but the tractor that seemed the oddest to me was this Graham-Bradley 103. I love the long, sleek design. I’ve only seen a handful in person, even though they were manufactured in Detroit (near my hometown). I’ve never seen one that was restored this well – it’s a really beautiful piece of machinery!


The Lowest Serial Number:

This Minneapolis-Moline G1000 LP has the lowest serial number, being the first of this model that was manufactured. It’s been well maintained and overhauled, but it’s still in its work clothes. I have a real soft spot in my heart for Molines, but you don’t even have to be a Moline lover like I am to appreciate this gem! The gavel fell at $10,000, which was less than the owner’s reserve.


The Best Pedal Tractor:

Okay, this one is subjective – but I LOVE this pedal tractor! I had a Moline pedal tractor as a kid, but it was a different model – this Z was custom built. I would have loved to have this as a kid in order to match my Grandpa’s MM Z. It sold for $900. That’s (almost) too much to let your kid play on. It wasn’t the highest selling pedal tractor (two others sold for $1,000 each), but this is the one I would have taken home if I could.


The Most Steiner Parts Catalogs Given Away:

So many friends stopped by the Steiner table at the Mecum auction that we ran out of catalogs! Wow! Thanks to everyone who came by. It was so fun to see old friends and meet new ones.

Oh, and that Little Giant? It sold for $90,000.

Thanks, Mecum Gone Farmin’ (Little Giant and JD D Industrial) and Harley Ann Schlichenmeyer (Z Pedal) for the pictures.

Mecum Tractor Auction in Iowa

Mecum Gone Farmin' AuctionIt is officially Spring and we are ready to travel to the first Mecum Gone Farmin’ tractor auction in a few days. The auction will be in Davenport Iowa at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust Street. The auction is March 31st – April 2, 2016.

2016-STP-MagazineRachel and I will be at the Steiner Tractor Parts booth handing out free Steiner Tractor Parts catalogs, repair DVDs, our brand new magazine and many other items.

This is our second year as a proud sponsor of Mecum Gone Farmin’ auctions and we are excited to see all the tractors they will have available to buy, and hear the stories from the owners of these antique machines. 2016-Catalog

Be sure and stop by to say hi and pick up a free shipping coupon!

For more details check out the Mecum site or visit their Facebook page.