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The King's John Deere tractor refurbished, used as inspiration for collector’s item

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Elvis Presley owned the vintage tractor.
Elvis Presley owned the vintage tractor.

A replica of a John Deere tractor that Elvis Presley purchased and used himself is included in the 2011 John Deere Collection catalogue and available online at John Deere Gifts, reports FarmingUK. The actual tractor, which was restored by students from a local college, is currently on exhibit at the Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum.

The Ertl Prestige Collection produces the 1:16 scale, die-cast model of this piece of agricultural equipment, which is a 4010 Series 213 tractor with a 46A front loader, the latter a detail not usually found on collectibles. FarmingUK notes other features of the replica include a movable three-point hitch as well as dash and PTO levers.

Students from Northwest Mississipppi Community College in Senatobia restored the tractor with advice from their professor and John Deere, Farm and Dairy reported. The news source also stated that the farm tractor, which was bought in 1966 by Presley along with a Mississippi farm, was subsequently transferred to Graceland, where it was used to landscape the estate’s grounds.

This souvenir, which is priced at about $80, affords fans of the “King” and American history a replica that recalls both.   

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