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    Scale Models Steiger Panther CP-1400 is the tractor for this week.

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    The Steiger Tractor Company built large four-wheel drive tractors in the US Midwest. Steiger started in 1957 when John Steiger built a tractor in their dairy barn. By 1969, 126 tractors had been built on the farm when Steiger incorporated and moved into a new factory in Fargo, North Dakota. Steiger grew steadily until the early 1980s, when a struggling farm economy forced the company into bankruptcy. In 1986, Steiger was purchased by Tenneco, the parent of Case-International. Steiger built tractors under both brands until 1990 when the green Steiger tractors were dropped. Today, Case IH uses the Steiger name on its large four-wheel drive and Quadtrack tractors.
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    Steiger built the Panther 1400 CP from 1982 till 1985 at their Fargo plant. A whopping 14.6 liter (893 cubic inches) six cylinder Caterpillar diesel produced 400 horsepower. Retail price new was well over $100,000 which was a steep price then. Ballasted weight was almost 18 tons.

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    Scale Models first issued this 1/32 scale models in the late 80s.It features rubber tires, all metal body and blacked out cab glass.

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    And still built in Fargo - drove by the CaseIH plant every time I head north on I-29 to Grand Forks which I no longer have need to do as my son and family moved to Bismarck! Being a North Dakota bred tractor I am rather partial to Steiger's - they were excellent tractors with many of them still in use today as well as the newer red ones! Scale Models did a nice job on this Panther CP-1400.