Famous Pioneer Auto Show expands collection with rare tractors

MURDO, S.D.  – The weather was dreary and rainy at this year’s Murdo in May, but not the turnout.

The event -- which took place May 13-15 at Pioneer Auto Show -- attracted hundreds of classic car and antique enthusiasts for the weekend’s events including an auction, car corral and swap meet.

This year owner Dave Geisler acquired three rare tractors at Murdo in May to display at Pioneer Auto Show – a 1953 Lanz, a 1969 Porsche and a 1971 Lamborghini.

“These are some of the rarest tractors known to exist,” said Geisler.

The Lanz tractor hails from Mannheim, Germany, where the factory built steam engines and motor cultivators before producing the famous Lanz Bulldog in 1921. Nearly a quarter million of these tractors were built over the next 30 years. In 1956, John Deere purchased Lanz – and by 1958, the Bulldog was being produced in John Deere green with Deere’s name appearing alongside Lanz. By the late 1960s, the Lanz name disappeared altogether.

Ferdinand Porsche also began designing tractors in the 1930s, coming up with the volk-schlepper, also known as the peoples’ tractor. No serious production began before World War II and post-war regulations prevented Porsche from building tractors after the war. A licensing agreement with Allgaier led to the Porsche tractor entering production again.

In the late 1940s, Ferruccio Lamborghini started building tractors in Italy. Initially, the tractors were built using a mixture of surplus military hardware from World War II – but by 1954, Lamborghini was building its own engines. In the late 1960s, Ferrucio became disinterested in tractors, and the firm was formally acquired by SAME in 1971. The Lamborghini name is still used on tractors today, as part of the SAME Deutz-Fahr Group.

Over 60 Antique Tractors

Pioneer Auto classic car museum features over 275 classic cars and over 60 antique tractors. As of June, there are over 60 new models and vehicle manufacturers on display.

Geisler invites families to plan summer trips to Pioneer Auto Show. “We are a family friendly attraction with something for everyone to experience – from our newly acquired rare tractors to classic cars to old Coca-Cola machines, there’s always something new. Stop in and be amazed.”


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