Vintage machinery sale attracts the crowds

A variety of agricultural bygones – including tractors, ploughs, user manuals and spares – fetched good prices when they went under the hammer at Cheffins latest Cambridge Vintage Sale.

The auction is the largest sale of its type in the country and almost all the 3,000 lots that went under the hammer were sold. 

Leading the way among the 227 tractors that were up for grabs was a restored David Brown 50D, which sold for £26,500. An equally well-restored David Brown Cropmaster broke records and sold for £10,900, while a low-houred experimental County 1174 sold at £20,500.

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David Brown 50D

David Brown 50D

Meanwhile, a unique Massey Ferguson 135 finished in black sold for £7,800, an Italian Fordson Dexta 4WD sold at £6,100, a Ford 7000 went for £10,500 and a buyer from Ireland snapped up an early Ferguson Brown Type A for £7,200.

1970 Massey Ferguson 135 black tractor

1970 Massey Ferguson 135 black tractor

A Lanz Bulldog D8500 made £8,500, a Marshall 804XL fetched £10,200, a one-owner Ford 5000 took £6,800 and a Roadless 94T surprised at £12,800. 

Completing the highlights was a striking Massey Ferguson 2135 finished in yellow that sold for £7,800, an original Massey Ferguson 148 that went for £8,200 and an equally original looking International 674 that sold at £7,400. 


The plough and implement section was just as well stocked and hot lots included a Cockshutt trailed plough at £300, a Ransomes Robin that made £800 and a Ransomes TS90 that went for £400. 

A Ferguson 30cwt trailer made £2,050, a Rainsforth wagon sold for £420, a Millers wagon took £1,000 and a Ferguson muck spreader sold for £460.

line up of vintage tractors

Elsewhere, a selection of David Brown implement brochures sold for £390, a number of RLS brochures fetched £320 and a John Deere dealer’s sign took £350.

Auctioneer Oliver Godfrey said people’s enthusiasm for all things vintage appeared to be stronger than ever – with a healthy 74% of the tractors entered finding new homes.

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