McCormick International Farmall Cub: red tractor

The Farmall Cub or International Cub (or simply “Cub” as it is widely known) was the smallest tractor manufactured by International Harvester (IH) under either the McCormick-Deering, Farmall, or International names from 1947 through 1979 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Cub was initially designated the Farmall X, and was to use a two-cylinder engine. Development started in July, 1943, changing to a four-cylinder engine. A prototype was built by December 1944. In September 1945, it became the Farmall Cub.

The two major variations of the Cub were the “Standard Cub” and the “Lo-Boy Cub” (or “Cub Lo-Boy”). They are recognized by their distinctive IH Red or Federal Yellow color schemes. In the late 1950s, sales of the Farmall Cub shifted from agricultural purpose to industrial purpose. IH capitalized on the shift, and the standard color for the Cub Lo-Boy and Cub changed from the familiar IH Red to Federal Yellow in 1960, with IH Red as an option.

In 1963, International Harvester changed the grill of these tractors to a flat-grill style and dropped the Farmall name in favor of International. In 1981, the last production run of Cubs were painted IH Red.

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