The Typical 50th Anniversary Present, a 1935 Plymouth
Nov 11, 2009
This tractor was featured for the month of May in the 2009 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.
Only 217 Plymouth tractors were built. Silver King became the name after a dust-up with Chrysler who were building a car called Plymouth. (Remember them?) Only about 30 Plymouth tractors are still around. This one is pictured at the site of the famous Nebraska Tractor tests, at the Test Lab and Lester F. Larson Tractor Test and Power Museum. Ironically, a Plymouth tractor was never tested there, but a similar Silver King tested in 1936 with a Hercules L-head engine of 132.7 cu. in. produced 20 PTO/belt hp at 1,400 rpm. A Silver King was fast (25 mph in fourth), and extremely popular for mowing highway rights-of-way.
Owner: Robert W. (Bob) Kleis
He tried unsuccessfully to buy the Plymouth–the owner wouldn’t budge. However, his wife was able to buy it later on and gave it to Bob on their 50th wedding anniversary! Bob soon had the Plymouth in his shop because it was rough and needed lots of TLC. Bob had headed the Ag Engineering Department. What a story!
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