July’s sale saw over 100 classic and vintage tractors on offer, with the star of the show being a 1939 Marshall Model M which has been in the same ownership since new and sold for £27,300. Purchased by the vendor’s grandfather, Edgar Case, in 1939, the tractor has remained on the family farm in Withycombe, near Minehead ever since. A 1920’s Rumeley Oil Pull sold for £11,000 and a 1982 International 885XL sold for £6,600. Another tractor which saw fierce bidding was a 1966 Allis Chalmers D21 which sold for £15,750 to a well-known Bedfordshire collector. Tractors from the Philip Fincham collection sold well, including a Rumely Model L15-25, which sold for £11,550; a 1919 International Titan selling for £14,490; a 1975 County 1164 making £8,820 and a 1990 Ford TW-25 which sold for £7,665.
Classic motorcycles were also popular. With 41 for sale, 33 found new homes, demonstrating a sale rate of over 80 per cent. A 1978 Triumph Bonneville with only 84 miles on the clock sold for £7,560 and a 1954 BSA Road Rocket tribute machine sold for £5,940. Also on offer was the late Derek Yorke’s collection of motorcycle trophies which sold for £3,600, with all proceeds donated to the TT Riders Association in memory of his 34 years in motorcycle racing. Classic cars lit up the room with a 1912 Sunbeam Tourer selling to an Irish buyer for £26,250 and a 1960 Austin Healey ‘Frog Eye’ Sprite selling for £9,975.
Of the more unusual lots, the model section sold well with 19 small scale working models taking a collective £7,111. The highest price paid in this section was £2,750 for a well-presented Taylor twin cylinder marine steam engine. Amongst the literature, £638 was paid for a rare Austin Farm Tractor handbook, whilst £286 was paid for an original Fordson Dexta dealer’s poster. The signs section was hugely popular with £770 paid for a GP Tea enamel sign whilst a Fiat dealers’ illuminated sign made £572. Similarly, a Ford dealer’s showroom clock made £528 and a Gilbert & Barker 1 gallon petrol pump made £935.
Bill King, Chairman, Cheffins, comments:“Whilst July is one of our smaller vintage auctions, we had some exceptionally high quality items on offer with strong prices paid across each section of the sale. It was good to see the success of the motorcycle section and also the more unusual items making some serious cash. Petroliana, models, literature and other collector’s items are still selling for top prices as more accessible than tractors or classic cars, they continue to be sought-after by enthusiasts. Signs are often picked up by antique dealers or interior design types and we have seen growing prices paid for these year-on-year. The best examples of tractors also sold well and we expect to see similar prices achieved at our Harrogate sale next month.”
Full results are available at Sales Results.The next vintage sale will be the Harrogate Vintage Sale at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Saturday 19th August. The next Cambridge Vintage Sale will take place on Saturday 14th October. For more information please email the Vintage team or call 01353 777767 (option 2).
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