Vin­tage sale record

There was huge in­ter­est in a sale of rare and vin­tage trac­tors in Nor­folk

Country Smallholding - - A LOOK AT MACHINERY -

There is still a huge fol­low­ing for the vin­tage and clas­sic trac­tor scene

R ecords tum­bled as a col­lec­tion of nearly 200 rare and vin­tage trac­tors – thought to be the largest in Bri­tain – went un­der the ham­mer at a land­mark sale.

More than 1,700 peo­ple at­tended the auc­tion, held at Nor­folk farmer Paul Rack­ham’s Camp Farm, at Roud­ham, near Thet­ford.

Among the high­lights was a 1918 Holt 75 - the only sur­viv­ing ex­am­ple of its kind used by the Bri­tish Army dur­ing the First World War – which sold for £150,000.

An in­cred­i­ble £ 80,500 was bid for an orig­i­nal 1954 Mar­shall MP6. Fol­low­ing hot on its heels was a sim­ply stun­ning 1916 Saunderson Model G in re­stored con­di­tion which sold for a de­served ham­mer price of £ 52,000.

Ar­guably one of the rarest trac­tors in the sale was the 1922 Weeks-Dungey ‘New Sim­plex’ with Stape­hill Abbey prove­nance; this was re­stored by the Rack­ham work­shop and sold for £46,000.

Other top prices went to the 1925 Peter­bro 18-35hp which was knocked down at £ 36,000; an orig­i­nal 1958 David Brown 50D topped £ 34,000; an im­ported 1920 Water­loo Boy Model N hit £ 31,000; a 1917 Ford­son MOM made £ 21,000 and com­plet­ing the top ten was a very at­trac­tive 1928 Austin 11-15hp which sold well for £19,000.

There was huge pre-sale in­ter­est in the 1918 Holt 75, which has been metic­u­lously re­stored and boasts First World War prove­nance. While this leviathan came un­der the ham­mer, there was a rev­er­en­tial hush as the crowd knew this was the ‘big one’. With an open­ing bid of £100,000, bid­ding then crept up in £ 5,000 in­cre­ments to £125,000. Due to the level of work in­volved in get­ting this his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant ma­chine into such in­cred­i­ble con­di­tion, the ven­dor was not will­ing to let it sell at this level. How­ever, some nifty ne­go­ti­a­tion af­ter the fall of the ham­mer means that we can now re­port that this mag­n­f­i­cent beast sold for £150,000.

The auc­tion was con­ducted by spe­cial­ist auc­tion­eers Ch­effins, based in Cam­ridgeshire. “We are de­lighted to re­port that there is still a huge fol­low­ing for the vin­tage and clas­sic trac­tor scene and, as well as our reg­u­lar buy­ers, we saw many new faces who are keen to ac­quire their first trac­tor,” they said.

The in­cred­i­ble num­ber of lots at the sale

£80,500 was bid for this orig­i­nal

1954 Mar­shall MP6.

A 1922 Weeks-Dungey ‘New

Sim­plex’ sold for £46,000

Star of the show – a 1918 Holt 75 of the type used in the First World War. It sold for £150,000

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