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TRACTOR TALK

CRAWLEY 1958 CRAWLEY 75 DIESEL

It’s little, and you can decide if it’s cute. Based on anecdotal reports, even though it’s got only 5 hp on tap, it’s a solid one-plow tractor. It’s economical too. With the Petter one-cylinder diesel, the Crawley 75 was advertised as using only 1.6-1.8 gallons per 8-10 hours of operation, which is about one tank of fuel. In 1960 the Crawley 75 cost £280, which was about $783 in 1960 dollars (about $6,700 2018 dollars).

Many small tractor companies have come and gone, leaving very little behind to mark their passing. Such is the Crawley, a small tractor built in England and other places in the ’50s and ’60s. We ran into one at the recent 2018 Maumee Valley Antique Steam and Tractor Association show at New Haven, Indiana.

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