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Ford Tractor

Ford was a major manufacturer or farm tractors for much of the 20th Century. The Ford brand was first used on tractors in 1939 with the introduction of the 9N, although the Fordson brand had already been in use for 20 years. The European Fordson brand and US Ford brand were consolidated in 1964 with the creation of a global tractor line.

Starting around 1961, the U.S. tractor operations and the Ford Ltd U.K. tractor operations, which had been substantially independent although always in close communication, were reorganized into closer integration. After 1964, all tractors made by the Ford companies worldwide carried the Ford brand. In 1986, Ford expanded its tractor business when it purchased the Sperry-New Holland skid-steer loader and hay baler, hay tools and implement company from Sperry Corporation and formed Ford-New Holland which bought out Versatile tractors in 1988. In 1991 Ford sold its tractor division to Fiat with the agreement that they must stop using the Ford name by 2000. In 1999, Fiat removed all Ford identification from their blue tractors and renamed them "New Holland" tractors.