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Classic tractor sale at Ely includes many rarities

12:00 19 April 2014

Cheffins - Aveling & Porter steamroller from Strumpshaw

Cheffins - Aveling & Porter steamroller from Strumpshaw


A number of rare vintage and classic tractors will be going under at the hammer at Sutton, near Ely, on Saturday, April 26.


More than 300 machines including a pair of original John Fowler ploughing engines from the Strumpshaw Hall collection, as featured in last Saturday’s Farm & Country, and a special Aveling & Porter steam roller, will also be sold by auctioneers, Cheffins.

One of only two 1936 Ferguson Brown A industrial tractors known to have survived will be sold. It was part of a consignment shipped to the South African Air Force during the Second World War.

Another rarity, an original 1948 David Brown Thresherman, which replaced a Fowler steam engine in a Yorkshire threshing business sold for £10 for scrap, is for sale and carries an estimate of between £12,000 and £14,000.

There were only 185 made and this VTK1 threshing tractor has been owned from new by the same family. It was also used to haul heavily-laden lorries up Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, which has a one in four gradient in places.

A Swedish made 1924 Avance 30hp two cylinder two stroke diesel tractor is the first of its type to be offered for sale by auction in Britain. The origins of these Swedish tractors date from 1901 when a leading mechanical engineer, J V Swensen, who also made paraffin stoves for export, designed reliable crude oil engines.

Auctioneer Oliver Godfrey, said: “There will be something for everybody - from wheels to tracks and from restored to original examples.”

Some other unusual lots include a 1994 Case 4220 with just 28 hours on the clock, a 1994 Track Marshall TM200 tracked machine with 1,836 hours showing and a Ford 4110 with only 506 hours.

A 1920 Rumely Oil Pull 16-30, described as one of the last old style prairie tractors, has an estimate between £15,000 and £18,000. Restored tractors will also be going under the hammer include a Cantatore Field Boy, Fowler VFA, John Deere 3130, Ferguson TEF-20, Massey Ferguson 35, Ford 3000 and a Fordson Super Major. The sale also has four Field Marshalls with two Series IIIa, a Series III and a Series II.

A rare 1952 Howard Platypus 30 crawler tractor, Roadless Standard N Full Track, Porsche Super Export, a 1953 Turner ‘Yeoman of England’ and two Ford 7810’s - one being a Silver Jubilee - and a David Brown 50TD and Trackmaster 30 are for sale.

Viewing is on Friday, 1pm to 6pm, and from 7.30am on the morning of the sale, which starts from 9.30am.

In total, there are 3,300 lots including 
steam engines, tractors, motorcycles 
and vehicles.

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