This authoritative history of International Harvester and Case IH tractors includes data and photos of every model built from 1958 to 2013, as well as in-depth information about how these tractors were designed and constructed. With interviews of engineers and executives, the book covers how the 40 and 60 series were created, and thoroughly covers the red tractors from the 1960s through the 1980s. The book also traces the innovations and struggles of the final days of International Harvester. The authors unearthed a treasure trove of concept drawings and photos of prototype machines to shed new light on how these tractors were created. The book includes the exciting story of the creation of the Case-IH Magnum, an innovative machine that blends some of the great engineering done by IH with the Cummins engine built by Case. The modern era of Case IH is also included, with the story of the creation of the Quadtrac as well as the entire line of tractors. With a mix of new photography of some of the most exceptional collectible models in existence along with hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, this thorough book is the most authoritative guide on red tractors ever published.


• Design and development history of the tractors, with first-hand accounts from the engineers and other product-development specialists at IH and Case IH

• More than 725 images of IH and Case IH tractors including previously unpublished concept drawings as well as images of prototypes, test mules and more

• Information on North American, British, German, Australian, and French models from the leading experts on red tractors



This book was assembled by a team of experts in the history of International Harvester and Case IH led by author and photographer Lee Klancher. Contributors include Kenneth UpdikeSarah GallowayOscar H. Will IIIMatthias BuschmanJohannn DittmerMartin RickatsonJean Cointe





"It's the story that needs to be told and you guys did an amazing job putting it together."

-Dr. Glenn W. Kahle, engineer known as the "father of the Magnum"


“Red Tractors 1958-2013 is without question the most comprehensive and lavish book ever produced on post-1958 IH tractors and the Case IH models that followed in 1985.”

– Rory Day, Classic Tractor Magazine


"This book is absolutely awesome! I am not sure my words can do it justice, to be honest. The detail in the text and the beauty in the photography are exquisite."

-Max Armstrong, WGN Radio


"Whether you've always 'bled red' or if you're just tickled by tractors in general, this book is a fascinating read-and a gorgeous ride."

-Michael Perry, author of Truck: A Love Story


“While most books from the USA on IH don’t mention anything but those (tractors) made in North America, this time products of Doncaster, England and from Nuess, Germany feature highly. The products of the French and Australian factories are also covered.”

-Donald Bowler, Old Tractor



“A comprehensive and beautifully produced history of modern-era International Harvester and Case IH tractors”


“The book offers both breadth and depth, both detailed study and casual coffee-table browsing”


“Red Tractors 1958-2013 bears the unmistakable stamp of quality”

-Dean Vinson,


“The 384-page, six-plus-pound book is an imposing work, almost requiring a tractor to lift it.”

-Ben Marks, Collectors Weekly


“This 384-page book with over 700 images is a Tour de Force of all that is and was International Harvester and Case-IH over the last 55 years. “

-Donald Bowler, Vaporising Magazine


“This book was a massive project by all involved and it really shows. Even in physical size the book is huge.”

“This isn’t your average tractor collector book. It is of very high quality and it really shows as you read it.”

-Todd Markle, Red Power magazine 


For International Customers 

Red Tractors 1958-2013 is available for purchase from our international partners listed below. Save on international shipping rates by ordering directly from them.


Europe (Netherlands): WISPA Oldtimers

Australia: Rally Badges and Plough Book Sales

Product Details

384 pages
Octane Press
Publication Date:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Product Dimensions:
11.8125x10.5 inches