McCormick is taking the unprecedented step of auctioning one of
its most historically-significant tractors.
The final McCormick CX to be assembled at the company's Doncaster
plant - the range is now built in Italy - features prominent Union
Jack bonnet and roof decals.
The specially-prepared McCormick CX105 XtraShift is turned out
in McCormick’s new red, silver and grey livery with special
Union Jack flag decals celebrating its status as the last CX to
be built at the company’s Doncaster assembly plant in South
The popular CX range is now being produced at the Italian factory
of McCormick’s parent, the ARGO Group, and by the end of
the year the remaining models in McCormick’s line-up will
also be built there.
“This isn’t the end of the CX; it’s our best-selling
tractor,” emphasises Jeremy Lamb, McCormick UK sales director. “It
will continue to be available and to satisfy owners with an appealing
blend of performance and compact size, with a generous cab that
provides excellent driver accommodation for a tractor in this class.
“However, we wanted to mark this latest chapter in the Doncaster
plant’s story in a special way because of the great respect
people have for its role over the past 60 years,” he adds. “How
better to celebrate than give someone the chance to own the final
Doncaster-built CX tractor, while supporting a very deserving charitable
The highest postal or online bid will secure the tractor, with
all proceeds above the £21,000 reserve donated to the Queen
This organisation encourages and enables adults with disabilities
to improve their life skills and increase their independence through
training and specialised support.
Script along the Union Jack side panels declare this particular
tractor's status to celebrate McCormick's Doncaster plant heritage.
Bids can be placed through McCormick’s www.mccormick-intl.com website
or by using the postal bidding form printed in the October and
November 2007 editions of Classic Tractor magazine, available
now at news agents or on subscription. The deadline for all bids
is 6th November.
Rory Day, editor of Classic Tractor, emphasises the significance
of the tractor: “The McCormick CX represents an important
part of our farm mechanisation heritage and the Doncaster plant
story. It’s unprecedented for a manufacturer to sell such
a historically-significant tractor and a rare opportunity for an
enthusiast to own one.”
The CX105 is McCormick’s best-selling individual model in
Britain and the example that completed the Doncaster production
run is built to the top Deluxe XtraShift specification, complete
with air conditioning.
It has a four-cylinder Perkins 1100-series engine developing 102hp
and is equipped with the XtraShift transmission, which features
a smooth-shifting power shuttle, three-speed powershift and 24
speeds in forward and reverse.
The tractor’s prominent Union Jack bonnet and roof decals
carry the legend:
The final British-built CX – July 2007
Doncaster – Driven with Pride – 1946-2007
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