Photos: Massey Ferguson celebrates 70 years with 70 tractors

Seventy Massey Ferguson tractors, old and new, completed a circuit of Coventry city centre on Saturday (30 July) to commemorate the brand’s 70th birthday.

The cavalcade was staged by Culture Coventry to mark the launch of the iconic Ferguson TE20 tractor, affectionately known as the “little grey Fergie”, which first rolled off the production line at the former Banner Lane factory in July 1946.

The tractor was the brainchild of engineer and inventor Harry Ferguson, a founder of the present-day Massey Ferguson, now part of Agco.

Tractors for the event were brought together by Friends of the Ferguson Heritage Club.

Massey Ferguson 8737 and 1947 Ferguson TE20

The procession was led by a 20hp 1947 Ferguson TE20, equipped with a 2-furrow plough, and a new 400hp MF 8737 – the most powerful tractor in the current Massey Ferguson line-up.

The MF 8737 was sporting black paintwork – paying homage to the prototype Ferguson Black tractor of 1933, the first to incorporate the pioneering three-point linkage system.

A procession of TE20s

A number of “little grey Fergies” took to the streets as part of the celebration.

More than half a million TE20s were built at the Banner Lane plant from 1946 to 1956. The “TE” stands for “Tractor England”.

A parade of red Massey Fergussons

Later-built red models were also prominent in the parade around Coventry. Today, more than 200,000 tractors bearing the Massey Ferguson “triple triangle’ brand are built every year for global markets.

Member -of the University of Warwick Crop Centre

Five tractors from the University of Warwick Crop Centre took part in the parade. The university has a long association with Massey, said director Rosemary Collier (centre), dating back to 1946 when Harry Ferguson himself would test the tractors at Tocil Farm, where the university now stands.

A TE20 outside museum

The procession finished up at Millennium Place outside the Coventry Transport Museum where tractor enthusiasts gathered to admire the exhibits.

A mass of Massey Ferguson tractors

A celebratory cake was cut by Friends of Ferguson Heritage’s Les Arnold, and Massey Ferguson marketing director, Campbell Scott.

Massey Ferguson cake is cut


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