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1970 IH 826 Demonstrator

Gold Demonstrator Series #3

1970 INTERNATIONAL 826 DEMONSTRATOR
Owned by Roger Siemsen

This is the third in a series of five posts about the Gold Demonstrator Series tractors.
Read Part Four: The 1970 1026 Demonstrator, HERE.  

 
The Gold Demonstrator program was used by International Harvester to market their machines in 1970. Similar special paint schemes had been used in the past as sales tools, notably the white letter series machines in 1950. The only change made to the tractors was the paint scheme, and the only way to verify a gold demonstrator is to find original gold paint on it. This program was a somewhat confusing execution, as the idea was to promote their new hydrostatic tractors but demonstrators were available as gear drive machines. Also a bit odd was the fact that many of the models in the program were at the end of the model life. The models included were the 544, 656, 826, 1026, and the 1456. 

ABOUT THE TRACTOR
In 1970, International built a line of demonstrator tractors sent out with this gold paint scheme. When Case IH decided to build 2008 gold demonstrators, they wanted to find an 826 to send out on the show circuit with their new machines. They found Roger Siemsen’s 826 demonstrator, and sales manager Robert Woods flew out to Roger’s farm near Hutchinson, Minnesota to purchase it. Roger agreed to lease it to them, and he oversaw a restoration paid for by Case IH. The tractor spent a year on the show circuit touring Case IH 305 and 535 gold demonstrators before returning to Roger’s place. 




This is the third in a series of five posts about the Gold Demonstrator Series tractors.
Read Part Four: The 1970 1026 Demonstrator, HERE.  
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