Middlebury auto dealer Gardener Stone is proud of his highly collectible doodlebug, a vintage "hybrid" tractor with a heritage dating back to the World War II era.
It's a nifty little vehicle—called a doodlebug—and you don't see many of them around. That's because the vehicles, dating back to the 1940s, are a rare breed.
Businessman Gardner Stone of G. Stone Motors in Middlebury had his eye on a doodlebug for many years. Now he is proud to display his collectible tractor at his auto dealership on U.S. Route 7 in Middlebury.
The doodlebug a quirky antique cross between a tractor and a Model A Ford. Doodlebug tractors were handmade during World War II when production tractors were in short supply. The preservation of doodlebugs has become popular in New England and upstate New York where clubs hold monthly meets.