Vintage farm machinery goes under hammer

A restored David Brown 50D which sold for £26,500 at the Cheffins Cambridge Vintage Sale on April 25

A restored David Brown 50D which sold for £26,500 at the Cheffins Cambridge Vintage Sale on April 25, 2015. - Credit: Archant

More than 4,000 people attended a sale of East Anglian agricultural bygones, including tractors, ploughs, user manuals and spares.

Cheffins' vintage machinery auction at Cambridge

Cheffins' vintage machinery auction at Cambridge - Credit: Archant

The auction, organised by East Anglian based auctioneers Cheffins, was among the largest sale of its type in the country and almost all 3,000 lots that went under the hammer were sold at the event, held in Cambridge.

However, a Fordson E27N County Full Track that was discovered at AG Potter (Framlingham) Ltd failed to sell at the event. The crawler tractor is fitted with a Perkins P6 six cylinder diesel engine dating from 1951, was fully restored and was expected to fetch between £10,000 and £12,000.

But auctioneer Oliver Godfrey said they were delighted with the sale overall, which was one of the best attended ever.

Leading the way among the 227 tractors that were up for grabs was a restored David Brown 50D which sold for £26,500.


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An equally well restored David Brown cropmaster broke records when it sold for £10,900.

“Our Cambridge Vintage Sale is one of our flagship events and always seems to attract some of the finest vehicles, with 2015’s entries no exception,” said Mr Godfrey.

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“Agricultural bygones generate a huge amount of curiosity and well restored tractors and ultra-original examples will always sell well. Indeed, the interest in the vintage movement appears stronger than ever with probably the largest attendance ever.”

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