60 year anniversary of the MF 100 series of tractors

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For those of us who spent our childhood and youth in the 1960s and 70s, the arrival of the MF 100 series of tractors was for some of us a part of that period, and a time that brings a lot of pleasant memories to many of us. This year marks the 60 year anniversary of the presentation of these tractors, as they were first presented to the public throughout the latter part of 1964 and early parts of 1965, at various parts of the world.

After the 1953 merger of Massey-Harris Limited and Harry Ferguson Limited to form Massey-Harris-Ferguson Limited, top management decided to pursue a „two-line policy“ of tractor production and distribution, to supply the respective dealers and customers with familiar looking tractors and implements. The formal approval to end this policy was taken by the Executive Committee of the Board at a meeting on August 10th 1956, where it was decided that: „the ultimate goal will be a single line of goods“.

In March 1958 the name of the company was changed to Massey-Ferguson Limited, „Harris“ being dropped, and a new corporation symbol, the triple triangle, was introduced.

In late 1962, the Corporate Co-ordinating Committee made a decision, that would prove to be very important for the future of Massey-Ferguson. The rapid pace of technological development, and the trend towards larger and more powerful tractors - especially in the North American market - made it clear that the company was weak in the higher power range of tractors. It was decided to plan for a whole new range of tractors including larger ones, and to incorporate the Ferguson System into all of them.

With this, the DX tractor programme (Detroit Experimental) as it was known internally, was launched. Initially the 100 and 1000 tractor series as it was later to be known, consisted of the following models for the US market:

MF 135, MF 150, MF 165, MF 175, MF 1100 and MF 1130

In the US the new line of tractors were praised as the „Rugged new breed“, whereas the new tractors were called the „Red Giants“ in the UK and parts of continental Europe. The initial models launched at the Royal Smithfield Show in London on December 7th 1964, were:

MF 130, MF 135, MF 165 and MF 175

In France the initial models were:

MF 122, MF 130, MF 135, MF 140, MF 145 and MF 165

Some models, like the MF 175 and the bigger MF 1100 and MF 1130 were completely new, while the smaller models were based on earlier models like the MF 825, MF 25, MF 35 and MF 65.

Further models were later added to the 100 and 1000 tractor series, mainly at the upper end of the power range. In the first years following the initial launch, some models - like the French-made MF 1080 from 1967, or the MF 1150 for instance - were made in the same design as the 1964-65 models. In 1973 a little handful of restyled models were produced primarily for the North American market: MF 1085, MF 1105, MF 1135 and MF 1155.

Although new tractor series were later introduced, some of the initial 100 series tractors were produced until the late 1970s, and with a bit of luck, one might still see some of them in active duty today.


Best regards

Jens
 
   / 60 year anniversary of the MF 100 series of tractors #2  
If I ever have the time and space, I'd love to restore an old Massey Ferguson. I just haven't decided on what one I like the best.
 
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Hi ;)

For those of us who spent our childhood and youth in the 1960s and 70s, the arrival of the MF 100 series of tractors was for some of us a part of that period, and a time that brings a lot of pleasant memories to many of us. This year marks the 60 year anniversary of the presentation of these tractors, as they were first presented to the public throughout the latter part of 1964 and early parts of 1965, at various parts of the world.

After the 1953 merger of Massey-Harris Limited and Harry Ferguson Limited to form Massey-Harris-Ferguson Limited, top management decided to pursue a „two-line policy“ of tractor production and distribution, to supply the respective dealers and customers with familiar looking tractors and implements. The formal approval to end this policy was taken by the Executive Committee of the Board at a meeting on August 10th 1956, where it was decided that: „the ultimate goal will be a single line of goods“.

In March 1958 the name of the company was changed to Massey-Ferguson Limited, „Harris“ being dropped, and a new corporation symbol, the triple triangle, was introduced.

In late 1962, the Corporate Co-ordinating Committee made a decision, that would prove to be very important for the future of Massey-Ferguson. The rapid pace of technological development, and the trend towards larger and more powerful tractors - especially in the North American market - made it clear that the company was weak in the higher power range of tractors. It was decided to plan for a whole new range of tractors including larger ones, and to incorporate the Ferguson System into all of them.

With this, the DX tractor programme (Detroit Experimental) as it was known internally, was launched. Initially the 100 and 1000 tractor series as it was later to be known, consisted of the following models for the US market:

MF 135, MF 150, MF 165, MF 175, MF 1100 and MF 1130

In the US the new line of tractors were praised as the „Rugged new breed“, whereas the new tractors were called the „Red Giants“ in the UK and parts of continental Europe. The initial models launched at the Royal Smithfield Show in London on December 7th 1964, were:

MF 130, MF 135, MF 165 and MF 175

In France the initial models were:

MF 122, MF 130, MF 135, MF 140, MF 145 and MF 165

Some models, like the MF 175 and the bigger MF 1100 and MF 1130 were completely new, while the smaller models were based on earlier models like the MF 825, MF 25, MF 35 and MF 65.

Further models were later added to the 100 and 1000 tractor series, mainly at the upper end of the power range. In the first years following the initial launch, some models - like the French-made MF 1080 from 1967, or the MF 1150 for instance - were made in the same design as the 1964-65 models. In 1973 a little handful of restyled models were produced primarily for the North American market: MF 1085, MF 1105, MF 1135 and MF 1155.

Although new tractor series were later introduced, some of the initial 100 series tractors were produced until the late 1970s, and with a bit of luck, one might still see some of them in active duty today.


Best regards

Jens
I was working on a farm near minehead in the Uk when I was 15 they had t20s and a 35, the 135 was released that year and if I remember correctly the Ford 000 series was launched
The farm never bought the MF series although we that worked on the farm wanted one but I remember the battle between Massey farms and Ford farms
 
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I saw more 200 series than 100's when I was growing up, but we wouldn't have had one without the other. Thanks for posting this little bit of history.
 
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Hi Bob ;)

Your memory is absolutely correct! (y)

Massey-Ferguson and Ford were developing new tractor series more or less parallel to one another in the early 1960s. Fords new tractors were internally known as the 6X range, but they later became known in public as the 1000 series.

Harry Ferguson and Henry Ford had produced their common tractor, the 9N, from 1939 until 1947 when the agreement was terminated by president of the Ford Motor Company Henry Ford II, the grandson of Henry Ford. The two companies now went separate ways, and they both produced popular tractor models over the next 15 years.

As said, some of the tractors in the 100 series from Massey-Ferguson were based on earlier models, and so were the 1000 series ones from Ford. Both series were presented to the public in the UK at the Royal Smithfield Show in 1964, and both were also styled in the now familiar „square“ style that made them look very modern at the time, compared to the more rounded design of the earlier models. Like the 100 series from Massey-Ferguson, there were also 4 models in the initial 1000 series from Ford presented on December 7th. They were:

Ford Dexta 2000, Ford Super Dexta 3000, Ford Major 4000 and Ford Super Major 5000

Not only were these two competing brands launched at the same show, they had their stands directly next to one another in the same exhibition hall as well!


Best regards

Jens
 
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Great post! Thanks for the history
 
   / 60 year anniversary of the MF 100 series of tractors #7  
Hi ;)

For those of us who spent our childhood and youth in the 1960s and 70s, the arrival of the MF 100 series of tractors was for some of us a part of that period, and a time that brings a lot of pleasant memories to many of us. This year marks the 60 year anniversary of the presentation of these tractors, as they were first presented to the public throughout the latter part of 1964 and early parts of 1965, at various parts of the world.

After the 1953 merger of Massey-Harris Limited and Harry Ferguson Limited to form Massey-Harris-Ferguson Limited, top management decided to pursue a „two-line policy“ of tractor production and distribution, to supply the respective dealers and customers with familiar looking tractors and implements. The formal approval to end this policy was taken by the Executive Committee of the Board at a meeting on August 10th 1956, where it was decided that: „the ultimate goal will be a single line of goods“.

In March 1958 the name of the company was changed to Massey-Ferguson Limited, „Harris“ being dropped, and a new corporation symbol, the triple triangle, was introduced.

In late 1962, the Corporate Co-ordinating Committee made a decision, that would prove to be very important for the future of Massey-Ferguson. The rapid pace of technological development, and the trend towards larger and more powerful tractors - especially in the North American market - made it clear that the company was weak in the higher power range of tractors. It was decided to plan for a whole new range of tractors including larger ones, and to incorporate the Ferguson System into all of them.

With this, the DX tractor programme (Detroit Experimental) as it was known internally, was launched. Initially the 100 and 1000 tractor series as it was later to be known, consisted of the following models for the US market:

MF 135, MF 150, MF 165, MF 175, MF 1100 and MF 1130

In the US the new line of tractors were praised as the „Rugged new breed“, whereas the new tractors were called the „Red Giants“ in the UK and parts of continental Europe. The initial models launched at the Royal Smithfield Show in London on December 7th 1964, were:

MF 130, MF 135, MF 165 and MF 175

In France the initial models were:

MF 122, MF 130, MF 135, MF 140, MF 145 and MF 165

Some models, like the MF 175 and the bigger MF 1100 and MF 1130 were completely new, while the smaller models were based on earlier models like the MF 825, MF 25, MF 35 and MF 65.

Further models were later added to the 100 and 1000 tractor series, mainly at the upper end of the power range. In the first years following the initial launch, some models - like the French-made MF 1080 from 1967, or the MF 1150 for instance - were made in the same design as the 1964-65 models. In 1973 a little handful of restyled models were produced primarily for the North American market: MF 1085, MF 1105, MF 1135 and MF 1155.

Although new tractor series were later introduced, some of the initial 100 series tractors were produced until the late 1970s, and with a bit of luck, one might still see some of them in active duty today.


Best regards

Jens
This is not related to the introduction of the 100 series tractors from Massey-Ferguson in 1964, But there is a interesting video on YouTube on a assembly plant that opened in 1964, & they are celebrating there 60th anniversary as well, & the plant is in Pakistan; They go by the name of Massey-Ferguson Millat Tractors. What is interesting is the tooling, & the amount of man power that is still used in assembly of the tractors; The whole process looks like it's straight out of 1964, & they are still making the following models M-F 240, M-F 260 SE, & M-F 385. If your a Massey- Ferguson fan you might find this video interesting; They are producing 1 tractor every 4 min. The video is about a 1/2 hour long.
 
 
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