Restored 1965 Farmall 1206 Narrow Front Sold on Illinois Auction - 5th Highest Price Ever

The big rare vintage John Deere 4WD tractors got all the attention (WA-17 sold $148K and 8020 sold $137,500 - here’s video of them selling: https://www.machinerypete.com/media_posts/rare-john-deere-wa-17-and-8020-4wd-tractors-sold-today-on-illinois-collector-auction).

…but those Farmall 1206’s!

On the Darrell and Lorene Ebbersten collector auction this past Tuesday (June 9, 2020) in Elkhart, IL by our good friends at Polk Auction Company (www.polkauction.com).

The beautifully restored 1965 model 1206 on the sale was a narrow front and sale literature indicated over $40K had been spent on it during restoration. Here’s a picture of it.

SOLD: $30,000.

$30K is tied for the 5th Highest ever auction sale price on a Farmall 1206.

HIGHEST AUCTION PRICES ON FARMALL 1206 TRACTORS


Leading the list of highest auction prices on 1206’s was the rare Industrial Yellow 1206, 1 of only 10 made, 1 of only 3 with TA, sold for $42,000 on a 3/26/14 consignment auction in Philadelphia, MS. Here’s a picture of it.

2nd highest selling 1206 at auction was just earlier this year, on a 1/8/20 online auction from Atlantic, IA. Below is a picture of the completely restored 1966 model 1206 front wheel assist with 7431 hours that sold for $36,500.

The 3rd highest price ever 1206 at auction is an interesting one due to WHEN it sold…9/6/08 auction in Danbury, IA. A restored 1966 model with 3696 hours, it went for $32,500 (pic below).

IHC1206-$32,500

2008 is the year when the Machinery Pete auction sale price data I’ve been compiling now for 30+ years first began to show a big uptick in values in vintage muscle tractors from the late 1960’s - early 1970’s. Makes perfect sense as November 2007 is when corn and soybean prices skyrocketed higher ushering in an extended period of good times for ag…and that newfound $$ in pocket began aggressively chasing the cool tractors of farmers’ former youth.

There was a 2nd 1206 on the Elkhart, IL collector auction last Tuesday, the 1966 model, repainted, with 5246 hours, wide front, sold for $23,250. Here’s a picture of it.

While we are the topic of Farmall 1206’s…here’s link to a Machinery Pete Youtube video I posted almost 10 years ago, in August of 2010, where I drove down to Klemme, IA to see the 1st SN# 1206, which belonged to Luverne Schmidt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ0_8J-YQiI

And one final 1206 video for you…from Michigan a few years ago, video of a 1206 pulling a string of 20 homemade hay racks made by Chuck Timm. Wow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eidpP_q2pNY

"Tractor Specs" on Farmall 1206’s: https://www.machinerypete.com/specs/farmall/1206

And finally, here’s link to (2) sweet 1206’s for sale today, one in Indiana (pic below - at H&R Agri Power), the other in NY: https://www.machinerypete.com/tractors/100-174-hp/international/1206

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