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$25000 Allis Chalmers at an auction !!!

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Alberta Mike

04-18-2002 19:46:25

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Was looking through a late-arriving Mar/Apr issue of Antique Power Magazine and believe it or not, there was an Allis Chalmers 1952 model CA that sold at the famous Barret-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale Arizona in January. It was an ultra-restoration with even all the castings ground smooth like a babies bum before what looked like 25 coats of Persian Orange paint. It sold for $25000 US plus an 8% buyer's fee, can you believe that? Just shows you what kind of money those antique car guys have jingling around in their pocket. Believe it or not, the restorer painted the wheels the wrong color. Front wheels black and rear rims black (instead of orange fronts and silver rear rims), at least the article said it was wrong.

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04-19-2002 11:56:56

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 Re: $25000 Allis Chalmers at an auction !!! in reply to Alberta Mike, 04-18-2002 19:46:25  
I saw that article. Boy, did that guy over pay. I have a nice CA for sale for just $14,950. Front wheel painted any color you want! Those boys must be laundring drug money.

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04-19-2002 11:53:19

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 Re: $25000 Allis Chalmers at an auction !!! in reply to Alberta Mike, 04-18-2002 19:46:25  
I worked as a allis mechanic 15 years ago in central indiana and one of the old timers at the dealer ship remembered seeing allis tractors with black rims instead of silver. he even had some old sales literature showing black rims. this always caused a lively conversation at lunch time.

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Tyler(WA) The nature of auctions

04-19-2002 08:55:14

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 Re: $25000 Allis Chalmers at an auction !!! in reply to Alberta Mike, 04-18-2002 19:46:25  
#1 daughter once made cookies and took the last of the dough to make a "big cookie." It was forgotten in the over until the smoke detector reminded her that it was probably done enough.

#1 son seized the opportunity and plastic wrapped the "carbon cookie" to show anyone who came by what a marvelous baker his sister was.

Over a year later, our local Christian School was holding a fund-raiser auction and Jason donated that cookie. Annalisa's cookie brought in over $80.

Sometimes, auctions take on a life of their own.

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04-19-2002 14:08:54

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 Re: Re: $25000 Allis Chalmers at an auction !!! in reply to Tyler(WA) The nature of auctions, 04-19-2002 08:55:14  
That Tyler was the best one of the bunch!

Great tail!


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Bryan in Michigan

04-19-2002 05:23:23

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 Re: $25000 Allis Chalmers at an auction !!! in reply to Alberta Mike, 04-18-2002 19:46:25  
Yeah, I read that article, too. Seems a bit ridiculous. But, I kind of got the idea that maybe they painted the wheels wrong to give it some contrast to appeal to the car guys, who wouldn't know the difference anyway. I thought the black rims looked pretty cool.

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04-19-2002 10:43:26

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 Re: Re: $25000 Allis Chalmers at an auction !!! in reply to Bryan in Michigan, 04-19-2002 05:23:23  
Did anyone get a picture of that tractor that could be posted???? I would love to see what $25,000 can buy these days............

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04-19-2002 11:42:24

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 Re: Re: Re: $25000 Allis Chalmers at an auction !!! in reply to Shep, 04-19-2002 10:43:26  
I would also like to see this on tractors photos gallery!!!!

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