OTACO “Autotrac” Tractor

OTACO “Autotrac” Tractor

Current Location:

Collection Storage Facility

History:

The Orillia Tudhope Anderson Company (OTACO) was incorporated in 1936. In 1939, the company introduced a tractor conversion kit named “Autotrac.” These kits allowed farmers to convert an old car into a tractor. Known as the poor man’s tractor, the Autotrac kit cost between $150 and $300, substantially less than a new tractor. The kit contained a pair of large traction wheels, frame with drawbar, axle, and steel pinions — all the equipment necessary to convert a car into a tractor. While conversion kits quickly gained popularity, cars were not designed for agricultural work and were not rugged enough to function as tractors. This Autotrac tractor is a converted Chevrolet sedan and was used in Vernon in eastern Ontario.

CAFM
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Artifact No.
1985.0020
Manufacturer
Orillia Tudhope Anderson Company (OTACO)
Manufacturer Location
Orillia, Ontario
Manufacture Date
1939–1948
Acquisition Date
1985