5 Millionth IH Tractor
On February 1, 1974 International Harvester made tractor history as the first manufacturer to claim the production of 5 million tractors. As it rolled off the production line at the IH Farmall plant at Rock Island, IL, the 5-millionth tractor was commemorated with a special paint scheme and chrome exhaust, grill and rims. This IH 1066 was equipped with every option the manufacturer offered.
On September 26, 1976, after touring a circuit of fairs, expos, farm shoes and conventions across the U.S., the IH 5-millionth tractor was offered at auction to all IH dealers attending the 86 series announcement in Chicago. The winning bid was $40,000. Today the IH 5-millionth tractor remains a show piece at a museum Ft. Benton, Montana at the State Ag Museum open to the public from 10-5. The 5 millionth Farmall only has only has 47.3 hrs on it. For anyone interested visiting the museum you can call 406-622-5316.
5-millionth Farmall photographed by 48_MY_H a member of redpowermagazine.com
Since their introduction in 1972, the International Harvester 66 Series tractors has established a benchmark of quality and performance farmers have come to expect from red power. As a tribute to the 66 series in 1990 Ertl offered a 1/16 and 1/64 series of 66 tractors. Staring out the 1/16 set was the 5-millionth 1066 tractor in August 1990. Long sought after by red collectors since the real 5-millionth tractor was released in 1974 today this collectors models brings $125 on average. In July 1994 at the end of the 1/64 66 series run Ertl offered a 1/64 5-millionth tractor with a commemorative gold coin.
A replica 5-millionth tractor photographed at the 2001 Red Power Round Up in Mt. Pleasant, IA. The real model came with a cab.
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