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Saturday 21st August 2010 saw Cheffins best ever result for our Harrogate Vintage Sale at the Great Yorkshire Showground. With a bumper entry of 153 tractors going under the hammer and an impressive 60% selling rate and with over 700 lots of spares, stationary engines and implements, we were in for a busy day with some very surprising results along the way.

With our largest entry of tractors for the sale there was an excellent mix, with all the popular makes and models on show. This section started with a beautiful 1966 Volvo 131 Amazon which has been lovingly restored and caught the eye of one bidder who parted with £2,850 to drive it home. Next up was the first of the tractors a very presentable Field Marshall Series II and set the tempo at a pleasing £9,100, a straight Roadless Super Major presenting a good restoration opportunity knocked down at £4,900. It’s always nice to see the lot on the front cover sold and this sale was no exception, with the wonderfully original 1974 Massey Ferguson 135 fitted with a front loader. A one owner Yorkshire tractor in superb original condition and testament to its previous owners who obviously took great pride for their farm equipment and was reflected by knocking down at £6,800. The first row continued to see some determined bidding with a well restored 1963 David Brown 990 at £4,100; another well restored 1964 Massey Ferguson 35X topping out at £7,800 and a very well presented David Brown diesel Cropmaster at £4,600. Without doubt one of the talking points from the sale will be the 1973 Massey Ferguson 148, which had been a recent restoration and was looking in fine fettle. With these models rapidly becoming very popular the crowd squeezed in tight and bidding was well under way hitting £6,000 quickly and looking it to be a very good price when we were at £8,000, but we weren’t done there and the two bidders had a bit left in the tank and dug deep to reach £10,000 and with the crowd muttering and pointing at the red marvel it was £12,600 that made the pen hit the clipboard and a thoroughly impressive record price for a 148.

The next two lots were a pair of well restored examples a 1953 McCormick Farmall FCC Super and a 1969 Ford 3000 selling at £3,500 and £4,200 respectively. Other top lots were a Ford 3000 Super Dexta SOS at £4,300, a Fordson E27N P6 at £6,300, a top price was paid for a David Brown 2D at £2,350 and a 1975 Ford 7000 hit £8,700. A recent classic in the form of a refurbished Case IH 1594 topped £6,400 and a well presented 1968 Massey Ferguson 165 at £3,700. A superbly restored David Brown 885 immediately caught the eye and that of the bidders with a winning bid of £6,750 taking it home. Something a bit different was an ex Balfour Beatty Ford 5000 disguised by an Automower winch and sold at £3,400. Ford and Fordson trade continued well with an E27N L4 conversion selling at £5,200 and a colossal Ford FW 30 knocking down at £10,000.

With a record entry of spares, stationary engines and implements there was certainly something for everyone and highlights included a very well presented 1954 RG Garvie Type KF portable barn thresher at £550, two 6ft stone troughs selling at £600 a piece, 6no. Fordson Dexta rear wheel weights at £340 and the ever popular unused original Massey Ferguson 35/135 selling at a new record price of £500! With an excellent entry of stationary engines there was strong trade with a very rare and desirable Gardner open crank selling for a reserve busting £4,000, a Stuart Turner open crank at £580, an unusual Frank Hartop & Son open crank single cylinder selling well at £1,250 and a McLaren 40hp horizontal oil engine at £1,000.

Implement trade was not to be outdone with a Ferguson potato ridger and planter at £400, Ferguson buck rake at £350, a straight 3furrow Kverneland plough topped £390, a very original 3ton tipping trailer hit £1,200 and a very interesting c.1930 stationary baler surprised all at £1,200.

In all a very successful sale with a high selling rate and some strong prices to match. Proving there is still money out there for the right lot and purchasers willing to part with their hard earned to get it! We would also like to thank all our loyal vendors who support our Harrogate Vintage Sale.

Our attentions now turn to an exciting line up of sales in the form of the Andrew Hooker sale on Saturday 18th September, Kent. The Thursford Museum reserve steam engine sale on Saturday 25th September and our Cambridge Vintage Sale on Saturday 16th October (closing date for entries 6th September).


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