Antique International Tractors
International Harvester Company (IHC) was formed in 1902 with the merge of McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, who were bitter rivals, as well as three smaller firms. While the intense rivalry never brought any harm to the company, IHC did give them their own lines of IHC tractors. Deering got the Titan line and McCormick got the Mogul line.
The first models from both lines, the 1914 Mogul 8-16 and the 1915 Titan 10-20, were successful. The smaller tractors were so much more popular than the previous larger models, that IHC suspended the manufacturing of the large tractors in order to give their attention to their booming small tractor sales.
While IHC’s business skyrocketed with the release of the Mogul and Titan lines, it would have an even bigger surge in the early 1920s. The International Harvester Farmall was released in 1923, and this tractor became the standard for the entire farming industry. By 1930, 40,000 Farmalls were being sold each year.
Other companies began streamlining their new tractors, and by the early 1950s, were starting to leave IHC behind. A massive recall caused a costly re-design, and IHC had already lost the “top-seller” title. Things kept going downhill over the next two decades, and in 1984, IHC was purchased by Case owners, Tenneco Corporation. Once the purchase was complete, Case-IH was born.