Thursday, August 13, 2009
For farmers in Europe they hear lamborghini and they see images of a very beautiful and functional tractor. I really had only heard of the lamborghini brand before I saw it first hand in europe and was able to stumble upon a silver model in a Paris hobby shop.
This model is a 1/32 scale, which is very popular in Europe. It doesn't have cab glass but it is all die cast and has steerable front wheels, and tire rubber that is very realistic. This model is made by Siku and is very well detailed.
The corporate Lamborghini website is very nicely done and reviews all of their current lineup. You can read about all of their new tractors here: Lamborghini Tractor Site
History of Lamborghini Tractors
Although as I said before most well known for his cars Mr. Feruccio Lamborghini actually had a very interesting history in the agricultural industry:
“While his passion lay with cars, it was the tractor that Lamborghini assembled for his father out of spare parts that set him on the path that would make him a wealthy man. The machine had a six-cylinder Morris engine, a General Motors transmission, and a Ford differential. The contraption worked so well that his father's friends, also farmers in the midst of Italy's postwar agricultural reconstruction, soon clamored for their own examples of Ferruccio's design. To meet the demand, in 1949 he opened Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A., building tractors in his Pieve di Cento garage. By the mid-1950s, his factory was churning out 1000 tractors per year; over the course of the decade, Lamborghini became one of the largest agricultural equipment manufacturers in the country, turning Ferruccio into a wealthy industrialist. In 1959, he opened an oil heater factory, Lamborghini Calor S.p.A., and a year later, an air conditioner factory, both of which met with success.”
If you are interested in purchasing a Toy Lamborghini tractors eBay has several models on sale for various prices, although you may have to have them shipped from the UK. Another option is Bossen Implement which has several variations for sale.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Above is the 4955. Notice the single step and brand new front and rear wheel casting. THis is the first time these wheels have been used to my knowledge.
The 4850 is the model I have been especially excited about since there were many of these around my house when I was growing up, and I customized a few 2 wheel drive soundgards to have FWA and 4850 graphics. Look for a future article that shows how to put duals on.
Above is the 4960 also featuring new front and rear wheels and a 3 step ladder.
All three models ready for the fall harvest.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Here you can see the side of the Case with singe rear tire and the cart in dump position.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
To commemorate the 25,000th visit I am going to give away a free 1/64th scale John Deere 9630T Tractor. In order to be eligible to win the tractor you must submit your entry via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for entries is August 31st, 2009. At that point a winner will be selected from all qualifying entries.
Simply submit an answer to the following questions in an email, and put "9630T Contest" in the subject line of the email and send it to: email@example.com
1. How old are you?
2. What scale of toy tractors do you collect?
3. What is your favorite brand of tractor (real or toy)?
4. Do you customize toy tractors?
5. What could be done to improve the content of this blog?
6. What is your favorite toy tractor of all time?
7. What is your favorite real tractor of all time?
8. Why do you collect toy tractors?
9. How many tractors are in your collection?
10. Are you a farmer in real life?
The information from the entries will not be shared with anyone or posted on this website without written permission by the person submitting the entry. The tractor will be shipped free of charge to the winner within 4 weeks of the contest end date. This contest is open to international participants.
Also I would like to give a heads up to a few of the upcoming farm toy shows. I was recently at the Frankenmuth farm toy show in Frankenmuth, MI and I found some fliers. I will have to double check to see if these are in the Toy farmer index or not, but in the meantime here are some of the shows I have found. Also it's time to start counting down to the National Farm Toy show once again so here is the timer. I'm not sure if I'll be there this year, but try to make it if you can.
The first tractor is a 6140D. It is a 140 horsepower tractor (Hence the 6140 moniker). If you would like to read more about the 6140 check out http://www.deere.com/servlet/ProdCatProduct?tM=FR&pNbr=6140DP
Next is the 5105M. As you could have guessed it has a 105 horsepower engine. Here is its homepage http://www.deere.com/servlet/ProdCatProduct?tM=FR&pNbr=5105MLV
Apparently people are still visiting my site, which I appreciate and thank you for. I feel bad that I have had no new content in 4 months, but hopefully I can get back to posting semi-regularly. There have been some new releases since the last time I posted, and I will review the ones that I think warrant our attention.
One of the most recent releases is the Case IH Steiger “Pink Panther.” I dont have allot of information about the real pink panther tractor but Toy Tractor Times has a full blog dedicated to the 1/32nd version. (http://pinkpanther.toytractortimes.com) This tractor is basically identical to the green steigers that we have been seeing for the past 3 years with a coat of bright pink paint. Here are some pictures of the new(ish) 1/64th version.
Of course don't get the tractor confused with this Pink Panther....