A-Plus: Allis-Chalmers Model A-Plus

Gathering of the Orange brings in a record number of Allis-Chalmers model A's

| August 2000

Allis-Chalmers Model A's came out of the woodwork for the 2000 Gathering of the Orange at Washington, Kan., in early June. 

"We talked to a guy who said that anytime you have more Allis-Chalmers Model A's than WC's, C's and B's, you've really done something," said Ernest Nutsch. "Nobody's ever seen more than three or four A's at a show, and we had nearly 60."

Ernest lives in Washington, where he operates a private museum billed as the world's largest Allis Chalmers antique tractor collection. When the AC collectors hit town, the collection took on epic proportions.

"We had eight of the first 11 Allis-Chalmers model A's made," he said. "That's got to be a record."

Just 1,225 Allis-Chalmers model A's were made from 1936 (when 25 were produced) to 1942 (when 10 were made).

Model A's weren't the only rare birds at the Kansas show. Other highlights included a bathtub fender Orchard Model M crawler ("You hardly ever see one at a show, and we had two at this one," Ernest said), three 6-12's, and a 1914 10-18.