International 1800 still trucking, 50 years later
OXFORD, Md. (Nov. 29, 2017) — It is often said: “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”
And every so often something pops up that seems to exemplify that assessment.
Take Bill Eason’s old truck, for example.
In 1967, Eason, an Oxford-area farmer and the former proprietor of a well-known farmers’ market in front of his home, bought a new International 1800 truck.
He paid $4,880 for it at Elliott Trucks, handing the check to sales representative Bill Kirby.
Eason is now 80 years old, and Kirby is 90.
Eason used it for 30 years to haul grain and soybeans to Perdue, first to Salisbury and later to Linkwood.
He recalls it had 38,000 miles on it when he sold it 30 years later — in 1997 — for $4,850.
That’s right. The old truck cost him only $1 a year for 30 years.
There surely have been several owners since then, Eason believes, but the truck is still truckin’ at the Harris farm near Preston and Steve Harris drove it into Easton recently so Eason could get a look at it and take some pictures.
Eason had seen the old truck several years ago when he went to the Harris farm to discuss some produce business.
Harris told Eason he had bought it at an auction in American Corner for $600. Eason hopped into the cab. The odometer read 74,000 miles, even.
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