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1946 Ford Ferguson 2n to star in tractor auction on April 16

A 1946 Ford Ferguson 2n will headline a sale of tractors at Scheerer McCulloch Auctioneers in Fort Wayne, Indiana on April 16.
It’s valued at $1,500-3,000 in the sale of tractors and agricultural memorabilia.

The model was a revision of the 1938 9N – the first US built tractor to feature the modern three-point hitch system invented by Harry Ferguson.

The system remains an integral part of modern tractor design.

Ferguson, an Irish inventor and engineer, came up with his revolutionary method of attaching a plough to a Model T Ford in 1917.

Word reached Henry Ford, who was keen to implement his designs.   

The first 2N was introduced in 1942. The introduction of a bigger cooling fan was included in the design.  Those built during wartime are started using a handcrank, while those built after (including the present lot) feature batteries.

The sale will also include a 1940 McCormick Deering Farmall M tractor, which carries an identical estimate of $1,500-3,000.

The model was built by Chicago’s International Harvester Company to an elegant art deco style design.

It proved very popular due to its excellent fuel efficacy and was produced for a long period (from 1939-1952), with the result that it is a common sight in agricultural centres across the US.  

A 1947 E3 CO-OP is also expected to sell for $1,500-3,000.

Also known as the Cockshutt 30, this tractor was designed and built in Canada.

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