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