Plenty to Pick From: 10 Rare 1/16-Scale Toys

Rare Ertl tractors and other 1-1/16-scale farm toys from John Deere, International Harvester and Allis-Calmers.

| August 2008

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    Top: This John Deere 430 tractor comes with or without a 3-point hitch.  Bottom: The John Deere A with molded-in driver and aluminum wheels was one of the first toys produced by Fred Ertl Sr.

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The most common farm toy scale, 1/16, covers thousands of toys, making this list highly subjective.

1. John Deere 430 tractor (the green model in the photo above) with or without a 3-point hitch. These models, made in 1958, could sell for as much as $2,000 NIB.

2. John Deere 630 tractor. The 1959 version by Ertl Co., Dyersville, Iowa, offered with or without a muffler hole, is the rarest.

3. Allis-Chalmers WC tractor. The father of farm toy collecting, Fred Ertl Sr., made this as one of his first three farm toys. "I've never been able to find one," says Rick Campbell, a longtime collector from Apple River, Ill.

4. Farmall H. This narrow-front tractor, often called the "Ertl H," is the second of the earliest Ertl tractors. "Like the WC," Rick says, "the Farmall H is super-tough to get."

5. John Deere A (the silver model in the photo above). This early Ertl model variation (the third of the three early Ertl tractors) comes with aluminum wheels and is difficult to find. Rick says he had one of these with rubber wheels, but never the one with metal wheels.