Peddling a pedal tractor for fun and profit


Got an antique bicycle? Thinking about selling it to help fund your retirement? Good luck. Used bicycles are worth whatever you can get for them.

When I worked at the bicycle shop, I regularly surprised people with spot valuations of Schwinn Varsity, Columbia and, yes, Huffy bicycles. And I wasn’t surprising them with the kind of prices that make visitors to Antique Roadshow squeal.

If a bike had a seat bag, and there was an adjustable wrench in it, the price might double, to $10. Not that I was going to spend the $10. But the owner would insist on an answer, and $10 was a nice, round, easy-to-remember number.

Things with pedals can summon bigger prices if you can reach the right audience. They might be fat-tire bikes from the 1950s, high-wheelers from the 1890s, or graceful woodworking machines, also from the late 19th century.

Or they might be pedal-powered tractors, like the 1958 Allis-Chalmers D14 at the top of this page. On October 27, it brought $1,400 at auction in Tremont, Illinois. The full-size 1941 John Deere H tractor below it, with 12 horsepower at the drawbar? $1,600.

Now I didn’t check it out carefully, but given the extra $200 the Deere captured, I’d be willing to bet it came with a wrench.


About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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2 Responses to Peddling a pedal tractor for fun and profit

  1. woo says:

    well we bike shop guys& gals could use kelly blue books for bikes ! well my bikes are always worth
    more to me than someone else yes i get the attachment too. kinda bummed i wont retire on my bikes

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