Fam­ily mem­ber

New Zealand Classic Car - - PRICE ON -

The owner of this in­ter­est­ing garage in Palmer­ston North cer­tainly has an eclec­tic taste in ve­hi­cles. Sit­ting next to his very rare 1954 Ford Sky­liner fea­tur­ing a fac­tory Plex­i­glas roof in­sert and much mem­o­ra­bilia from trav­els and a ca­reer in avi­a­tion, is a 1945 Far­mall A trac­tor.

Dur­ing the early 1940s, In­ter­na­tional Har­vester’s Far­mall was the most pop­u­lar trac­tor brand in the US. The let­ter-se­ries Far­malls, be­gin­ning in 1939 with the Model M, reached Model Es in the early 1940s (with jumps to H and A). The Far­mall A and AV were small, one-plough trac­tors of­fered with ei­ther a gaso­line or dis­til­late four-cylin­der en­gine. On both mod­els, the en­gine and driv­e­train were off­set from the op­er­a­tor, so that the farmer could view the area they were cul­ti­vat­ing.

This trac­tor is a project that the owner has owned for 35 years. Orig­i­nally pur­chased as a boat trac­tor, it has be­come more of a part of the fam­ily.

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