subscribe to ENR magazine subscribe
contact us
careers industry jobs
events events
Dodge Data & Analytics
ENR Logo
Web access will be provided
as part of your subscription.

Large Antique Tractor Sale Hauls in More Than $800,000

Text size: A A
Photo courtesy of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
This 1932 Caterpillar tractor, which sold for $55,950, helped usher in the diesel era.
----- Advertising -----

Bidders from around the world had the rare chance to pick through a large auction of vintage heavy equipment, including dozens of crawler tractors, graders and other machines, on April 10 in Trout Run, Pa.

"The turnout was huge," says Bob Logue, son of the late George E. Logue Sr., a contractor who spent much of his life piecing together the collection.

Sales at the two-hour auction, which generated about $850,000, surpassed expectations. "It was twice what we thought it would be," says Logue.

More than 40% of the sales went to online bidders, notes Scott Edwards, territory manager for Ritchie Bros., which conducted the auction for the Logue family. Buyers hailed from the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands and Australia, among other countries.

Among the most popular items was a 1935 Caterpillar Seventy—one of the last gasoline tractors to be made by Caterpillar—which fetched $49,950.

Seconds later, a 1932 Caterpillar Diesel Sixty-Five tractor—one of the first diesels produced by Cat—sold for $55,950. Both prices include a 2.5% buyer's premium, which was capped at $950 per lot. Many machines for sale were in working condition.

A contractor, inventor and machine-shop owner, George Logue died last October at 85 years old, prompting his family to sell the machines. The hoard was well known among historians and featured in books about earthmoving.

Logue says the auction, which took place on the family farm where his father stored the machines, makes room for other earthly chores. "I'm ready for it all to be moved out, and I want to plant corn in this field," he says.


----- Advertising -----
  Blogs: ENR Staff   Blogs: Other Voices  
Critical Path: ENR's editors and bloggers deliver their insights, opinions, cool-headed analysis and hot-headed rantings
Project Leads/Pulse

Gives readers a glimpse of who is planning and constructing some of the largest projects throughout the U.S. Much information for pulse is derived from McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge.

For more information on a project in Pulse that has a DR#, or for general information on Dodge products and services, please visit our Website at

Information is provided on construction projects in following stages in each issue of ENR: Planning, Contracts/Bids/Proposals and Bid/Proposal Dates.

View all Project Leads/Pulse »

 Reader Comments:

Sign in to Comment

To write a comment about this story, please sign in. If this is your first time commenting on this site, you will be required to fill out a brief registration form. Your public username will be the beginning of the email address that you enter into the form (everything before the @ symbol). Other than that, none of the information that you enter will be publically displayed.

We welcome comments from all points of view. Off-topic or abusive comments, however, will be removed at the editors’ discretion.