Ford’s Golden Jubilee Tractor is Absolutely Stunning
In terms of classic work trucks, you’ve got your pick of the bunch. You can have all manner of Model A, Model T, F-100, and F-Series pickup. But no classic truck is as rugged as this 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee Tractor.
For the company’s 50th anniversary in 1953, Ford gave its passenger cars a few small touches that celebrated the anniversary. However, it was Ford’s tractor that got the biggest redesign across all of Ford’s brands.
According to Hemmings, “The all-new 1953 NAA rolled out with 50th-year Golden Jubilee badging, an overhead-valve “Red Tiger” four-cylinder engine and streamlined styling that echoed the familiar look of the 9N the 2N and the 8N. But Ford was likely eager to put those tractors in the rearview mirror: The NAA was the first tractor built after Ford’s losing court battle with Harry Ferguson in 1952 over the patents the Irish inventor held on the Ferguson System three-point hitch. Below the NAA’s new hood was a 134-cu.in., overhead-valve, gas-burning inline four-cylinder engine worth 32 hp. Ford’s British Fordson tractors were readily available with diesel engines, but in the States, diesels were still an oddity. A kerosene-burning NAA, known as the NAB, was an option but found few takers, and the tractors are rare today. A four-speed transmission was standard on the NAA, and auxiliary gearing was available.”
This tractor represents a time in American manufacturing when steel and iron reigned supreme, and it’s that build quality that allows this tractor to continue to this day. Currently, this 1953 Gold Jubilee Tractor is getting ready to be auctioned off at Auction America’s Auburn Fall event with an estimate of $5,000-$7,000, but honestly, this tractor should go for quite a bit more.