McCormick has unveiled a limited run of Diamond Edition commemorative
tractors to celebrate 60 years of production at its Doncaster home
in South Yorkshire, England.
McCormick's CX105 (left) and MTX150 Diamond
Edition tractors celebrate 60 years of production at the company's
Doncaster home. In addition to the distinctive paint scheme, the
tractors have an enhanced specification that includes air conditioning,
a Radio/CD/MP3 player and driver's
Just 60 examples each of the 102hp CX105 and 152hp MTX150 models
will be available in the UK to the one-off specification, which
includes a special silver and dark grey paint scheme, a chromium
plated exhaust heat shield and silver-highlighted steering wheel
in addition to an enhanced package of standard equipment.
“Production of agricultural equipment at our Wheatley Hall
factory in Doncaster started in 1946, once it was no longer needed
for the war effort,” notes Simeone Morra, McCormick’s
international sales director. “At first, it produced agricultural
implements such as mowers, balers, ploughs and cultivators to help
farmers continue the magnificent efforts they made to increase
food production during the war. Three years later, the factory
started assembling McCormick-International tractors.”
Today’s McCormick business was created in 2001 when the
ARGO industrial group acquired the factory and rights to continue
making its tractors – the CX, MC and MTX. Since then, the
high-spec 160hp to 200hp XTX and high-horsepower 230hp to 280hp
ZTX lines have been added to Doncaster’s product portfolio.
“We’re very proud of the McCormick heritage and the
Doncaster factory’s historical role in the agricultural engineering
industry, and felt this was an anniversary that should be marked
in some way,” adds Mr Morra. “Making available to UK
farmers just 60 examples each of the CX and MTX Diamond Edition tractors
is an appropriate number that also guarantees a certain rarity
The choice of models reflects the factory’s best-selling
tractors in the UK: the 102hp CX105 XtraShift is McCormick’s
most popular four-cylinder machine, while the 152hp MTX150 BetaPower
is its best-selling six-cylinder tractor.
Diamond Edition versions are turned out in an eye-catching
livery that replaces the familiar red plus silver detailing with
metallic silver for the bodywork over dark grey engine and transmission
The wheels are also silver, the offset exhaust pipe is enclosed
by a chromium-plated heat shield and specially-designed bonnet
and roof graphics add to the distinctive exterior appearance.
In the cab, lucky owners and drivers of the Diamond Edition tractors
will find air conditioning fitted as standard, a radio/CD player
with MP3 capability and built-in Apple iPod adaptor. There is also
a distinctive steering wheel in black with silver spokes and a
fully upholstered passenger seat in place of the standard plain
A driver’s kit supplied with each tractor includes a McCormick
fleece and overalls, cap and key-ring, together with a numbered
commemorative certificate proving the authenticity and provenance
of the Diamond Edition tractor – evidence that could
be of particular value in years to come.
The tractors are priced at £37,522 for the CX105 Diamond
Edition and £58,059 for the MTX150 Diamond Edition.
Both are available with a special purchase plan provided by McCormick
Finance of 4+44 monthly payments at zero percent interest on
45% of the list price.
“Anyone buying a Diamond Edition tractor is not
just acquiring a highly capable and well-equipped power unit,” says
Simeone Morra. “They are also buying a piece of history.”
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