Classic Tractors achieve record prices at Cheffins Harrogate Sale

Some of the UK’s finest classic machinery, including tractors and commercial vehicles, fetched an impressive sum when they went under the hammer on Saturday at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Some of the UK’s finest classic machinery, including tractors and commercial vehicles, fetched an impressive sum when they went under the hammer on Saturday at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Crowds were in their thousands at the annual Harrogate Vintage Sale, organised by East Anglian-based auctioneers Cheffins.

The auction is one of the largest sale of its type in Europe and more than 800 lots went under the hammer, including a stellar collection of some of the UK’s rarest classic tractors. In total the sale raised over £342,000.

Of the 90 tractors entered, over 66 per cent were purchased. One of the most-anticipated lots was the 1977 Massey Ferguson 135 which had only 969 hours on the clock, which was sold by an enthusiast from East Yorkshire and was bought by a collector from Northern Ireland. Highly original, the tractor was expected to achieve around £12,000 but due to an unprecedented number of bidders, it made £19,000. This is the second-highest price to be achieved for this model, with the highest being sold by Cheffins back in 2014, when £34,000 was paid for a 135 with only five hours on the clock.

An incredibly rare Roadless 780 sold post sale for £19,000, a record price worldwide for this model. The tractor had been restored at great expense and is believed to be only one of 12 ever manufactured.

Another highlight was a pair of Yorkshire-manufactured 1969 David Brown 780 Selectamatics, which had been kept together since their production over 47 years ago. The tractors have consecutive registration numbers and made £10,500 post sale. These originally came from Cheshire before being sold to a collector from Leicestershire who carried out a full restoration. These will now be returning home, having been bought on the day by an enthusiast from the Cheshire area. Similarly, three unusual, original Roadless Ploughmasters saw enthusiastic bidding, with a 90 taking £9,200, a 95 making £11,000 whilst a 65 was sold for £8,200. A particularly rare Scottish-manufactured Nuffield 465 which had been fully restored made £9,500.

The Cheffins Harrogate Sale also saw a line-up of classic vehicles, including a Land Rover 80ins Series 1 which made £11,200, having been consigned from a local enthusiast. For the lorries, an Albion LEA 47 reached £6,800 and a restored ERF A series sold for £10,500, whilst a Scania 82M hit £8,200.

In addition, the sale saw over 700 lots of spares, implements and rural bygones with a number of highlights. An original Bedford enamel sign, dating back to the 50s, made £570, whilst a pair of cast iron urns reached £1,050.

Oliver Godfrey, Director at Cheffins Auctioneers comments: “Saturday was another fantastic sale with some great results, a tremendous crowd and some pleased vendors. Our Harrogate Sale really has become one of the most anticipated events in the vintage machinery calendar and the turnout on the day was second-to-none. The market for vintage and classic tractors remains buoyant, with some stellar prices achieved on the day. The sale of the Massey 135 also illustrates how low houred original examples can still demand some serious prices.”

Cheffins next Vintage and Classic Machinery Sale will be at the Cambridge Sale Ground in Sutton, near Ely on the 15th October. Entries close on the 14th September. For more information, please visit or call 01353 777767.

For media information, please contact Sophie Richardson, PR Manager at Cheffins, t: 01223 214290,



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