That is the 1st version on the GT2500 series (GT2542/44/50/54). I believe that it would be a 2005 or earlier production, as there are guys on MTF with 2006 GT2500’s that have the plastic hood. If you email “Ask a Question” on the Cub site with the serial number, they will tell you when it was built. I inquired about my GT2550 and they responded by decoding it like this:
1st #1 = January
14 = 14th day
8 = 2008
That looks like a nice unit, how many hours and how much do they want? That series actually has some advantages over the later series, namely a metal hood, enclosed engine compartment and a better cowl support. I think most of the rest is comparable to the later tractors – and I would buy my GT2550 again. All of the GT2500’s are real garden tractors that can handle ground engaging attachments, heavy hauling and big snow removal. Take it for a test drive & cut if you are serious, and if you buy it WE WANT LOTS OF PICTURES!