Sale 1 in the building:
A crowded room saw the literature section start proceedings, with a quantity of Field Marshall brochures making £330, whilst an Austin Tractor spares booklet took £440.
Shortly after, an original framed Ransomes steam thrashing poster achieved £340. In the model section, a fine ‘Economy’ model stationary engine sold for £1,705, a 1.5ins scale live steam Allchin traction engine achieved a startling £3,960, whilst a winter project 1.5ins scale double crank traction engine headed off to the shed for £2,530.
Sale 2 Marquee:
A packed inventory and a large crowd saw hot competition throughout the day for the eclectic range of lots on offer. A child’s Ferrari style car with a single cylinder petrol engine sold for £968, a very fine 1892 Humber Safety Bicycle was hotly contested to a magnificent £1,650.
The signs section had a huge entry and proved to be a market area that is currently on fire. A multi-colour McEwan’s Pilsener Beer enamel sign sold for £748; a BSA Motorcycles illuminated sign saw a protracted battle before eventually settling at £748, whilst a David Brown Aston Martin dealers illuminated sign achieved £682 and a Mercedes Benz neon forecourt sign made £1,650. Of note in the petroliana section was a 1960s Avery Hardoll petrol pump at £2,970, which was quickly trumped by the Gilbert & Barker petrol pump at £4,400.
An immaculate 1970 VW Beetle sold well at £9,752 and a long-term family-owned 1969 Rover P5 V8 Auto surpassed expectations at £9,540, The motorcycle section boasted only three unsold machines and a fine 1968 Triumph 5TA led the way at £5,300. The ultra-cool period piece 1976 Fantic 50cc Chopper saw another bidding battle and eventually sold at £3,670, an expensive but special moped!
Sale 5: Commercial vehicles & classic cars, vintage & classic tractors
With over 210 vintage and classics tractors offered and one of strongest entries for some time, big things were expected from this auction and it didn’t disappoint with over 75% of the tractors finding a new home.
Arguably the hottest lot of the day was the 1903 Ivel Agricultural Motor a unique opportunity to purchase the rarest tractor in the UK. With much speculation pre-sale of the final hammer price, the bidding opened at £100,000 and some further spirited bidding saw the hammer come down at £328,600.
This is now the highest priced vintage tractor in the UK with the previous highest result also being sold by Cheffins for £94,500. The previous record was broken a further two times with a 1982 County 1884 selling for £139,920 and then again with a beautifully restored 1980 County 1474 topping £99,640.
A private collection of early veteran tractors produced exciting results with a 1917 IH Mogul 10-20 taking £47,700, a 1919 Overtime Model N went for £43,460, a c1919 Saunderson Model G sold for £40,810 and a 1917 IH Titan 10-20 hit £16,430. Another early tractor went well with a 1917 IH Mogul 8-16 going for £29,680.
Other great selling prices included an immaculate 1957 Marshall MP6 hitting £67,310, an equally well presented 1955 David Brown 50D making £37,100, a straight from farm 1973 Ford 7000 took £15,370, a straight 1963 Roadless Super Dexta made £16,006 and an original looking 1994 Massey Ferguson 390 made £15,158.
There are too many great prices to mention but a full list of results can be found at cheffins.co.uk