Cletrac Tractor (1917)


Another tractor for this Sunday, after the Renault one shown yesterday. This Cletrac model (Cleveland Tractor Company) is displayed in the very same location, the Berliet Fondation near Lyon (France).

In WWI the US Army did not have a large number of crawler tractors in France. There were several of the huge Holts and, of course, there were some artillery tractors. The 30 HP Cletrac was among these ones. It became popular thanks to a film which shows this tractor extracting General Pershing’s car from the mud, probably in 1919.

For the fans of tractors, here’s the page with its patent. The design fans will probably notice that the seat of the Cletrac tractor is very similar to the famous 1957 Mezzadro chair, created by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni!

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