The Brantford Phoenix!!

The following photos are of the Brantford built Phoenix today! This Combine was named the Phoenix to symbolize the start of a new era in Combine production at Brantford, and also it celebrated the Harvest brigade in those early Massey Harris pioneering days when harvesting mechanization was in its infancy.

Despite Masseys bold attempts to push their harvesting business in those very troubled times, sadly within a couple of years record debts and world wide recession, it was just not to be, and this very special model after demonstrating at the various farm shows was sold off and dissapeared from the public domain !! Until now!!

The following photos were sent to me by my overseas correspondent!!? Cameron McKay as you can see the Combine has seen better days and has probably worked hard most of her life, but it's just great to see that it's relatively in reasonable order.

For privacy I will refrain from publishing the combines whereabouts and also the farming family's name.

For sure here at Stratton on the fosse the team here would love the opportunity to refurbish this combine, but it's future probably would be better stateside and we all hope a happy outcome awaits this very special combine.

It is said the combines colour scheme was copied from the John player Special racing car which was also black and gold, and one of the design team thought it would look that bit special! Which it actually does.i

Farm progress show Iowa 1984

Sat outside the huge Brantford combine plant, awaiting her busy exhibitions across the States. Photo courtesy of Ray Bianchi.

The Phoenix today!! Her best years behind her, but hopefully her future may just warrant going into a collection as a lasting legacy of this pioneering company.

The Phoenix emblem still clear to see despite its age.

The table (header) lies in the undergrowth!!

You can just make out the Harvest Brigade badge under the oil cooler intake!! With It's black and gold paintwork now long faded, let's hope this Phoenix rises from its current position some time soon!!


27.06.2019 10:10

Mark Bewick

Hi everyone, I met the guy that worked on this unit at the factory. He was part of an elite team that built it from ground up.

27.06.2019 13:00

Colin Cloude

Hi Mark
Thank you for getting in touch ! Very interesting to hear your comment👍

04.12.2018 21:30


Do they still have the corn head?

27.07.2018 14:26

John Priest

I had the privilege of seeing this machine run across the fence a few times! The color scheme really made us scratch our heads! Now we know how rare this machine was!

01.01.2018 20:29

Dave Joyce

I put some of the decals on that machine back in the day. Nice to see she is still around & not scrapped.

27.06.2019 13:02

Colin Cloude

Hi John so far as I know the combine is still parked inside the shed? Offers to buy it have been refused I think! It would be nice to see it restored for sure.

01.01.2018 23:12

Colin Cloude

Hi Dave thank you for your comments, really hope to hear this year that this special machine has been taken into restoration! Thank you for visiting yellowswirl.
Kind Regards Colin Cloude

20.11.2017 01:58

John O'Donnell

I worked on this combine did the cab interior did the body work on it painted black with Corvette gold paint painted the tires with a paintbrush also did the final runoff and and inspection

20.11.2017 10:06

Colin Cloude

Hi John thank you for getting in touch! Perhaps you could email me it would be great to add your experiences to this story!
Kind Regards Colin

26.02.2017 03:42


Looking for duals for 860 320-894-1805

28.02.2017 23:17

colin cloude

Sorry Jesse cant help you with that one im afraid? guess your stateside?

25.03.2016 20:39

Colin cloude

Blake it's not my combine to sale unfortunately!! If it was mine I would restore her to as new condition, and never sale it!! But cut a few acres each year just to keep her in working order. Regards

25.03.2016 13:29


How many feet is the wheat head

25.03.2016 13:26


Will you ever sale it

30.08.2015 21:09


Sad to see a one only machine in such poor condition

30.08.2015 21:38

colin cloude

It is a shame MSC one can only hope the owners will pass the combine on to someone who can restore it back to its former glory!! But I think several offers have been made!! It would be a dream job !!