Rare farm machinery set to go under the hammer at Ely auction

More than 3,000 lots will be up for sale at vintage machine auction in Ely run by Cambridgeshire-bas

More than 3,000 lots will be up for sale at vintage machine auction in Ely run by Cambridgeshire-based auctioneers Cheffins. Pictured: Ultra-rare 1966 Doe-130 - Credit: Submitted

A selection of vintage machinery from a bygone age will go under the hammer this month in an auction billed as the largest of its type in the country.

More than 3,000 lots will be up for sale at vintage machine auction in Ely run by Cambridgeshire-bas

More than 3,000 lots will be up for sale at vintage machine auction in Ely run by Cambridgeshire-based auctioneers Cheffins. Pictured: 1970 Massey Ferguson 135 'Black Tractor' - Credit: Submitted

More than 3,000 lots – ranging from classic steam engines and vintage tractors through to specialist cars and rare motorcycles – will be included in the sale near Ely, run by Cambridgeshire-based auctioneers Cheffins.

Among the stars of the show will be a 1907 Foden Showmans steam engine, a 1909 Fowler traction engine, a 1908 Marshall traction engine and a 1933 Sentinel DG6 steam wagon. There is also a three-quarter (9') scale Taskers steam tractor and a model steam wagon 'Bitza'.

Meanwhile farming enthusiasts will be able to bid for more than 200 vintage and classic tractors, headed by a rare 1966 Doe-130.

There is also a well-restored David Brown 50D and an extremely low-houred Ford 6640, along with a 7810 and County 1174. Other makes and models include Austin, Field Marshall, Roadless, Lanz Bulldog and John Deere.

More than 3,000 lots will be up for sale at vintage machine auction in Ely run by Cambridgeshire-bas

More than 3,000 lots will be up for sale at vintage machine auction in Ely run by Cambridgeshire-based auctioneers Cheffins. Pictured: 1907 Foden showmans steam engine - Credit: Submitted


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Cheffins auctioneer Oliver Godfrey said another stand-out lot was a 1970 Massey Ferguson 135 – restored in a unique livery to reflect Harry Ferguson's original 'Black Tractor' of 1933.

'The restoration has been completed to a very high standard using many new parts and close attention to detail, even down to a black enamelled manifold,' he said. 'It's certain to turn heads and is definitely a change from the usual Massey red.'

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Other vehicles to go under the hammer include a 1949 Dennis Lancet Duple coach, Atkinson Weightmaster, GMC CCKW 353 Pontoon Bolster, Foden OG4/6 recovery truck, ERF 56TS 6 wheeler, Rolls Royce Shadow II and a Cadillac Calais.

Mr Godfrey said a 1966 Fiat Nuova 500F 'Cinquecento' barn find could be of particular interest to collectors and enthusiasts.

'It has an immaculate interior and is a real time-warp,' he said. 'Some restoration work is required to the exterior, but a more original example would be hard to find.'

Meanwhile, the selection of motorbikes includes a Royal Enfield Model KX, Ariel 4Gs mark one and mark two, a BSA J12 with Swallow 9D, a JAP V twin Lyclone and a Phoenix-JAP racing bike.

The Cambridge Vintage Sale takes place at The Machinery Saleground, Sutton, Ely, from 9am on April 25.

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