its a 1969 or a 1970 Manorway..
(The tecumseh engine code, 9099, Says the engine was assembled at Tecumseh on "the 99th day of a year ending in 9"..
in this case, we can be sure that means 1969..
So the engine was assembled at Tecumseh on April 9, 1969..
Thats a bit late for the 1969 mower season (Its likely lawnmowers for the 1969 season were already assembled months before) Its possibly the engine went on a 1969 tractor, but IMO its more likely it went on a 1970 machine, that was assembled in the winter of 1969/1970, and went on sale in the spring of 1970..But it could be either year..the date code is inconclusive..IMO its most likely a 1970)
I would love to find an old Manorway! I love Ariens snowblowers..(in fact, the Manorway ad came from my webpage! ;)
Here is the thing, in my opinion, (and based on my research and reading) about Manorways..
They are very rare, quite unusual, and I have never even seen one restored! very few people have them..
but.."rare and unusual" unfortunately does not always mean "valuable" as well!
because you can have something rare and unusual, and it not really worth anything, simply because no one cares about it! ;) IMO, the Manorway falls in this category..
Ariens fans think they are cool, but in the overall scheme of the "Garden Tractor collecting and restoring hobby" they don't rate much interest..So yeah, you could restore it, and it would be a really cool piece to have!
but it wont be worth much..
In its current condition, its worth maybe $50, if that..
Restored? hard to say..but probably no more than $400..if you could even find an interested buyer.
So if you want to restore it, do it for yourself!
dont even think about the potential future value.
personally, I would love to find one! :)
(especially a 1969 Manorway! since that is the year I was born)
but there arent a lot of us who have even heard of them, let alone "want one"..
demand just isnt there IMO..
As for classification, its a "light duty" lawn tractor..(notice the vertical shaft engine)
Im not sure who made them! Its possible Ariens made these themselves, but im not sure about that..
(I dont think later Ariens tractors were actually made by Ariens)
Rare, cool, and unusual!
just not really valuable..
but sometimes, does that even matter?
In a case like this, the only thing that really matters is your personal interest in the machine.
(If you do restore it, please let me know! I would love to add it to the webpage!)
Edited by scotsman, March 02, 2013 - 11:32 PM.