Hoosier Daddy?: A rare-bird 1937 Graham-Bradley 503.93

Published on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:48pm

On page 878 of the 1938 Sears Roebuck catalog, the Graham-Bradley 503.93 was described as “America’s Finest Two-Plow Tractor.”

The Graham-Paige Motors Corporation of Detroit, Mich. manufactured Graham-Bradley tractors for just three short years, adding to this tractor’s rarity. In fact, only 2243 tractors were produced over the brand’s lifespan, with just 243 model 503.93s produced in 1937, their first year of production.

The 503.93 was designed by brothers Joseph, Robert, and Ray Graham of Graham Farms, located in Washington, Ind., which also happens to be the hometown of current owner, Earl Terpstra, who purchased this gem in 2000 from the estate of well-known antique tractor collector and fellow Hoosier Cletus Sites.