There’s one fact about antique tractors: there is no official definition for what one is. The word “antique” brings about different opinions to different kinds of people in regard to what age a tractor should start being considered an antique.
When it comes to collectibles: toys, appliances and otherwise, an antique is defined as an object that is at least 100 years old, or older. In terms of autos, anything 25 years old or older is considered an antique. Since tractors basically fall within the “automotive” category, some consider antique tractors to be 25 years old or older. Others see tractors from the 1970s-1980s being classified as “antique” as absurd.
However, antique tractor shows and clubs have their own rules and regulations. In fact, you’ll find most clubs standing by the “1960” rule — that is, any tractor manufactured in 1960 or earlier is considered an “antique.”
The “1960” rule is a common benchmark practiced amongst numerous antique tractor organizations across the United States, and continues to be seen as the most accurate ‘rule of thumb’ to classify old agricultural machinery.