New Holland launches limited edition T6 and T7 tractors

Fifty years ago this month the first tractor trundled off the production line at New Holland’s Basildon-based factory.

Since then over 1.6m tractors and 3.1m engines have been built at the Essex plant. Tractors manufactured from 15 May 1964 sported the Ford badge and after Fiat’s takeover in 1991 tractors have been sent out mainly wearing New Holland branding.

To celebrate its half-century of tractor making the blue-liveried maker has launched a brace of limited edition models.

The T6.160 and T7.270 Golden Jubilee tractors come with a custom deep blue paint job and leather seat as well as a gold-painted grille and exhaust guard. They also come fitted with New Holland’s Autocommand CVT transmission.

The Golden Jubilee tractors aren’t the first special editions to come out of Basildon. In 1989 Ford launched a silver Jubilee version of its 90hp 7810. Only 500 models were made and many were repainted to Ford blue. That makes original, unmolested versions hard to come by and expensive to buy.

Basildon-built tractors

Ford 5000

Ford 3600

Ford 7810

New Holland 7740

New Holland TS115

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