Almost-new old MF fetches £20,800

What would you pay for a virtually new old tractor?

Salegoers at a Cheffins’ vintage auction at Mincing Court Farm, Shadoxhurst, Kent found out the answer when a 1988 Massey Ferguson 360 came to be sold.

In box-fresh condition and with just 683 hours accumulated in its 22-year life, it apparently attracted huge pre-sale interest and was hotly contested by two men in the field. It was finally knocked down for a record £20,800.

Meanwhile a Ford 3930 with Howard FX-10 loader hit £14,400 – not bad for a tractor that was more than 18 years old, though it had only recorded 317 hours.

A 1978 Massey Ferguson 135 with MF80 loader and 1036 hours on the clock sold for £14,200 (a new UK record) and an elderly David Brown 995 with 1192 hours went for £10,800.

The lesson to be learned from these prices? Do virtually no work with your tractor, keep it for a good long time and you’ll be quids in.