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Farmall tractors are among the most influential and iconic farm machines in history. From the first model in 1923 to their final model year in 1973, International Harvester revolutionized the tractor world by conceiving the Farmall brand, revolutionary all-purpose tractors designed for small- to medium-sized farms.
Beautiful, contemporary photos and rare historical images accompany in-depth analyses of milestone tractors. The engaging text examines engineering developments, their historical context, and key figures. Farmall 100 even examines pre-1923 predecessors such as McCormick-Deerings and the International Motor Cultivator. From the first Farmalls to the legendary and best-selling Letter Series unveiled in the 1930s, the entry-market Cub launched in 1947, the Hundred Series introduced in 1954, and beyond, Leffingwell and Pripps provide a unique, unprecedented perspective on a farming giant. Also included are tenty-first-century offerings from Case IH, New Hlland, and Steyr.
By 1947, Farmall had built over 1 million tractors. Amazingly, many are still in use today as collector vehicles as well as working farm tractors. Farmall 100 Years brings the story to life in the ultimate tribute to these enduring machines.
Randy Leffingwell wrote his first book, American Muscle, in 1989 while still on staff at the Los Angeles Times. Since then, he has authored more than 50 other titles, covering subjects from sports cars to motorcycles to farm tractors. Leffingwell is considered one of the top transportation photographers and historians working today. Some of his previous best-selling Motorbooks titles include Art of the Corvette, Porsche 911: Fifty Years, John Deere: A History of the Tractor, and The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection (with Darwin Holmstrom). He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE 9 1870–1919 Preparing for the Future
CHAPTER TWO 29 1920–1929 From Doubts to Success
CHAPTER THREE 47 1930–1935 Becoming a Big Family
CHAPTER FOUR 65 1935–1941 Problems (and Successes) Continue
CHAPTER FIVE 85 1941–1944 Innovation and Production Surge
CHAPER SIX 101 1945–1954 Changing Focus, Blurring Vision
CHAPTER SEVEN 119 1955–1965 Engineering Renaissance
CHAPTER EIGHT 139 1965–1975 Sales and Marketing Reassert Influence
CHAPTER NINE 161 1976–1999 A Stumbling Giant Is Rescued
CHAPTER TEN 183 2000 and Beyond The Return of the Farmall
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