The Caterpillar Twenty Expo Tractor was built in 1927. The designation “EXP” or “expo” machine suggest it was either built for a special occasion or used by CAT dealers as a marketing tool at county and state fairs or other local events. This versatile machine was commonly used in agricultural applications, but also in road building, hauling airplanes, and other tough jobs. This sterling and enduring piece of equipment is a beautiful example of the track-type tractor, whose links heat treated for maximum wear, strength, and shock resistance, giving it the ability to maneuver under a wide range of conditions.
The Caterpillar Twenty Expo Tractor is owned by the Veerkamp family of Placerville, California. Collectors of antique tractors, the Veerkamps began the process of restoring the Expo Twenty in 2007. As they researched the machine, the owners discovered that the inaugural tractor had not been painted with the standard gray and red color scheme, which was typical of Cat products built in the late 1920s. Instead, it had received a unique white paint job featuring black trim with brass- and nickel-plated accents. The Veerkamps not only returned the tractor to its original appearance, but also restored its original purpose. Having come full circle from its days as a show machine, the Expo Twenty is back in the public eye, displayed at antique machine shows throughout the United States where it tells the story of a brand that has endured for generations.