(first posted 7/4/2015) Happy Independence Day, America! 1976 was a big year for America, and numerous companies got into the spirit of things with Bicentennial-themed products. We’ve covered several of them here, including GM’s Spirit of America edition Nova (among others). In the course of researching a new(ish) tractor I just bought for the farm, I ran across the pictured Case 1570 Spirit of ’76 edition tractor – turns out a number of ag manufacturers offered patriotically-themed products, too.
Case built a total of between 200–300 of the 180hp Agri-King 1570s in patriotic livery, preceded by six model 1370 tractors (pictured above).
In addition to the large tractors, Case also built six model 446 garden tractors that took part in the 1976 Racine, WI Bicentennial parade, subsequently being sold by select Case dealers.
A toy version of the 1570 was also offered by Ertl.
Other ag manufacturers got in on the act, too, including the Massey-Fergusons seen above…
The huge Steiger Panther II…
And the International Cadet 76 of which 3,504 were produced from 1975-76.
Here’s the rest of the ad from the lead picture. It’s been another ~40 years since that was written, and while the basics haven’t changed much, technology certainly has put a new face on large scale farming since then.
As for me, I’m headed out to rake hay on my 60 year old “no technology” Ford 8N before we head out to watch fireworks tonight. A Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans, and I hope our global audience enjoyed this quick peek back to 1976 farming in America!