The Last IH Tractors That Never Were
The ill fated Super 70 4wd line would have been comprised of 150 hp 7088, 210 hp 7288, 235 hp 7488, and the 260 hp 7688. The 7288 and 7488 were hand assembled at the Farmall Works in January of 1985. The Super 70 series were not marketed as 2+2 tractors but a s full time 4wds. Very few models were produced and sold. Only 16 7488's were sold at $90,000 and 20 7288's at $83,000. The 7088 and 7688 never made it past the test phase. On November 26, 1984 International Harvester Agricultural Group was sold to the Tenneco, Inc., of Houston, a large conglomerate with primary interests in oil production. Tenneco also owned an agricultural subsidiary, J.I. Case. At that time Case manufactured 20 farm tractors including large four-wheel drive tractors ranging from 213hp-400hp. IHC produced 33 tractors in 1984. Case dropped the 60 series 2+2 , 30 and 50 series tractors because these tractors were four years old and the Case 94 series were only two years old. The new Case International Company painted the white Case 94 models harvester red for 2 years until the "New Farmall" IH had been working on before the merger was ready for release in 1988. The Magnum was an IH cab and transmission with Case body refinements. The Super 70 2+2 was the first part of the new line IH intended for the 1990's. In the early 1990's CaseIH developed a new 2+2 called an MUA (Magnum Articulated) based off of their 7140 Magnum tractor. The 7488 dealer edition was released in August 1984 with a gray plastic smoke stack to signify the real chrome stack and it had dual tires. The Collector's 7488 has duals all around to show it was the first 2+2 style IH available with duals. Ertl shipped the 7488's to dealers in late 1984 in a brown card box. Most were just thrown away upon arrival. Ertl fell into dilemma when the IH and Case merged and the Super 70 7488 was discontinued before its 1985 release. Ertl planned release a shelf edition 7488 with a die-cast grille, single wheels and a black stack starting in 1985. The good news for red power fans was that Case International approved the 7488 shelf edition models and Case International dealers started carrying them in May 1985. The shelf edition came in the same style tan box the 1/16 5088, 5288, 5488 and 6388 were sold in. Roy Lee Baker produced a 1/64 7488 model for the 1997 St Louis Toy Show. The 1/64 model comes in an ice cream style 1/64 box and the collector has to add the decals.
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