Vintage enthusiast Paul Rackham set to auction £400,000 Ferguson tractor collection

Norfolk farmer Paul Rackham is selling what’s considered to be the most complete group of vintage Fe

Norfolk farmer Paul Rackham is selling what’s considered to be the most complete group of vintage Ferguson tractors and implements in the world. Pictured: Ferguson combine - guide price £8,000-£10,000 - Credit: Submitted

After making £1.5m by auctioning one of the UK's premier vintage tractor collections, a Norfolk farmer is putting yet another set of historic machinery under the hammer.

Norfolk farmer Paul Rackham is selling what’s considered to be the most complete group of vintage Fe

Norfolk farmer Paul Rackham is selling what’s considered to be the most complete group of vintage Ferguson tractors and implements in the world. Pictured: Game flusher and tractor - Credit: Submitted

Paul Rackham, of Camp Farm at Roudham, near Thetford, is selling a collection which experts consider to be the most complete group of vintage Ferguson tractors and implements in the world.

In September, more than 1,700 people attended the 79-year-old enthusiast's previous auction, which featured more than 180 rare and vintage tractors.

And now the Hunday Ferguson Collection, which includes 73 tractors and 100 implements is expected to fetch another £400,000 on November 14.

Mr Rackham has been the curator of the collection for more than 12 years but has decided to sell up so that he can focus on a new challenge.

Norfolk farmer Paul Rackham is selling what’s considered to be the most complete group of vintage Fe

Norfolk farmer Paul Rackham is selling what’s considered to be the most complete group of vintage Ferguson tractors and implements in the world. Pictured: MK1 long wheel base Land Rover - guide price £15,000-£20,000 - Credit: Submitted


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One of the highlights is a fully restored 1953 MK1 long wheel-base Land Rover, which is thought to have inspired the four-wheeled drive developments carried out by Harry Ferguson Research Limited.

The sale is being organised by Cambridgeshire auctioneers Cheffins and Suffolk's Clarke and Simpson.

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Cheffins auctioneer Oliver Godfrey said: 'A sale of such historical importance will create a huge amount of interest, particularly from Northern Ireland, which was Harry Ferguson's birthplace, but also from the ever-increasing number of Ferguson and Massey Ferguson enthusiasts around the world.

'The collection includes tractors from Harry Ferguson's early collaborations with David Brown and Henry Ford, through to his own TE-20 models and later Massey Ferguson tractors.

Paul Rackham at one of his machinery auctions.

Paul Rackham at one of his machinery auctions. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

'There are also several rare implements, including a replica tractor-mounted combine, a side-mounted baler and the 'holy grail' of Ferguson implements – an extremely rare game flusher which could fetch £10,000.'

The Hunday Collection was started by collector and agricultural entrepreneur John Moffitt in 1966. Mr Rackham bought the collection in 2004 and has renovated several of the machines, adding a number of rare and significant examples of Ferguson and Massey Ferguson tractors.

The 1953 Land Rover Series 1

One of the historical centrepieces of the collection is a long-wheelbase Land Rover (pictured left) which was the 13th to be dispatched from the factory.

It was supplied in November 1953 to Henry George 'Harry' Ferguson – the Irish engineer and inventor who was instrumental in the development of the modern tractor, and whose legacy continues today within the Massey Ferguson company.

The Land Rover, with its standard grey/blue paint scheme, was used with a trailer to tow Ferguson tractors to demonstrations.

It is believed that Harry Ferguson drove it himself on several occasions and it may have inspired the four-wheel drive developments carried out by Harry Ferguson Research.

The vehicle eventually passed into the hands of Massey-Ferguson.

In 1958, the chief demonstrator purchased it for his brother, William Langton, to use at Collyers Oak Farm, Fillongley, near Coventry, where it remained until 2002. It was restored by Fred and John Goldup in 2006.

It has a guide price of between £20,000 and £25,000.

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