Treasured Collection Sold

Treasured collection of Cockshutt and Massey Harris antique tractors and antique farm equipment sold in Maryland

| October 2000

  • More than 500 potential bidders were on hand for the recent auction of McComas
    More than 500 potential bidders were on hand for the recent auction of McComas "Mac" Albaugh's collection of vintage farm equipment.
  • This fully restored Cockshutt 580 super diesel greeted visitors at Round Spring Farm Union Bridge, Md.
    This fully restored Cockshutt 580 super diesel greeted visitors at Round Spring Farm Union Bridge, Md., where the tractor collection of the late McComas Albaugh was recently offered for sale. The 580, which was not part of the sale, is one of just three made, and is thought to be the only one in existence.
  • A rare and unrestored '36 Massey Harris Pacemaker
    A rare and unrestored '36 Massey Harris Pacemaker. It brought $4,750 at the auction.
  • Big equipment offered a good vantage point.
    Big equipment offered a good vantage point.
  • Ervin Albaugh with an unrestored MH orchard tractor.
    Ervin Albaugh with an unrestored MH orchard tractor. Originally from Florida, the tractor was reassembled just for the sale. Ervin and his cousin, McComas, worked together for more than 25 years, collecting and restoring antique tractors and farm equipment.
  • A trio of Cockshutt tractors made between 1949 and 1954
    A trio of Cockshutt tractors made between 1949 and 1954. From the right: a 30, 40 and 50 (the 50 is a wide front).
  • Vernon Winterroth, Kempton, Ill., took notes on this fully restored 1954 Massey Harris Pacer.
    Vernon Winterroth, Kempton, Ill., took notes on this fully restored 1954 Massey Harris Pacer.

  • More than 500 potential bidders were on hand for the recent auction of McComas
  • This fully restored Cockshutt 580 super diesel greeted visitors at Round Spring Farm Union Bridge, Md.
  • A rare and unrestored '36 Massey Harris Pacemaker
  • Big equipment offered a good vantage point.
  • Ervin Albaugh with an unrestored MH orchard tractor.
  • A trio of Cockshutt tractors made between 1949 and 1954
  • Vernon Winterroth, Kempton, Ill., took notes on this fully restored 1954 Massey Harris Pacer.

He was known as the tractor doctor. 

For more than 25 years, McComas Albaugh collected, fixed and restored antique tractors at the family dairy farm in Union Bridge, Md. His sudden death on May 10, 1999, at the age of 66, came just days before his biennial open house when he traditionally welcomed friends, neighbors and collectors to share his enthusiasm for the care and preservation of antique farm equipment. The show went on as planned, with a memorial service added to honor his name and his role in the world of collecting and restoration.

Fifteen months later, Round Spring Farm was again host to a large crowd of collectors as who came together for the day-long auction of his treasured collection.

There were more than 60 tractors. Many were expertly restored, while others waited for care and attention from a new owner. The names Massey Harris and Cockshutt were front and center, but other makes were also represented, including Case, John Deere, Avery and International Harvester Cub. In addition, an extensive display of equipment (much of it featuring Massey Harris and Cockshutt logos) included combines, plows, mowers, planters, balers, binders and pickers. A collection of tractor memorabilia included literature, farm toys, signs and mementos.



"They say this is the best collection of Cockshutt and Massey Harris on the East Coast," said Joyce Albaugh, McComas's wife of more than 40 years. "McComas used to go to shows, but it got too expensive, so we had open houses every other year instead and it was wonderful. People came from all over. He corresponded with everyone all over the world about the equipment, and they contacted him. He knew everything about old tractors."

The auction crowd came from far and near, with more than 500 potential bidders signing up to take an active part in the proceedings. Many were from surrounding communities in Maryland and Pennsylvania who remembered Albaugh with respect and affection. Others had traveled from as far as Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin and Illinois to be a part of the event and to make one last connection with the tractor doctor. Some took copious notes on equipment that caught their collector's eye, while others just enjoyed the cheerful companionship of those with similar interests.