A Piece of History


I discovered this tractor in a barn recently. Don’t ask what I was doing in a barn, it isn’t relevant.IMG_20200209_1334469

I was excited to discover a piece of Canadian industrial history in rural Germany. It was like running into someone from home.

When you meet someone from home unexpectedly, you tell your friends. That’s why I took these pictures for you.

Never having lived on a farm, I am not a tractor expert. But looking online I think this must be a Massey Ferguson 65, which was in production between 1958 and 1965. (I just realized before posting that the model is clearly identified in the picture – I just hadn’t realized that was the model name.)IMG_20200209_1334556

Given where I found it, it was probably manufactured in Yugoslavia. I hadn’t known that MF had a plant there, but, as I said, I’m not a tractor guy.

Online I found lots of pictures of Massey Ferguson tractors from that era that have been restored and are in pristine condition. This one is definitely not a show tractor.

It shows the wear and tear of more than 50 years of working life. The paint is faded, the upholstery is cracked and some of the lights are gone. It still runs – a tribute to Canadian technology.

You never know what you will find in out-of-the-way places.


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