I am not gonna stir the pot because I am an MM guy but I did see a cockshutt with an original serial number tag that said Cockshutt Corporation Canada so I believe a few may have been produced for cockshutt dealers.
I don't want to a fend , but if it has a Cockshutt tag, it's a clone. As Josh stated ,the red town and country's were sold by cockshutt and moline dealers in Canada. One tag says built for White motor corp. Charles City ,Iowa and the other says White motor corp, Brantford , Ont. These tractors were offered to hold customers over until the full line of silver garden tractors were developed and offered in 74' in both Canada and the states.
There has been several reasons given why White went with MTD, One being said that Mtd had a more extensive line of outdoor equipment. But my opinion is that Bucky Knudsen, who became president of White motor after being president of Ford motor ( and had experience with Jacobsen ) wasn't impressed with the sales of the Molines , Whites and Olivers.