1966 Oliver 1850 with Model 575 Plow
Oct 06, 2012
Breaking the speed barrier, Oliver’s new “more speed—less draft,” plow bottoms demonstrated that furrows could be beautiful even when plowed at 6 to 7 mph. And it was done with a purple tractor and an operator in jockey silks! The point: it made no difference whether the tractor was red, green, orange, blue or even purple, it would take an Oliver plow. It was an exciting program headed by Sam White Jr., Oliver president. The Oliver 1850 diesel featured a Perkins 354 cid engine, a Hydra Power Shift in each of six speeds, producing 93 hp at 2,400 RPM in Nebraska tests. And yes, the purple or lavender tractors got added attention.
Owners: Gerald and Joan Morgan
Lone Tree, Iowa
They have a large Oliver collection, but this one’s the top attention-getter. He done a purple/white/jockey costume, hooks to the 6-bottom Oliver plot, and it’s the delightful, 1966 Oliver plow promotion all over again. He’s president of the Iowa Oliver Club.
This tractor is featured for the month of March in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all the tractor and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com