Saturday (April 21) saw the latest Cambridge Vintage Sale auction take place at Cheffins Auctioneers’ sale grounds in Sutton, Cambridge (England).
These sales can attract a huge number of lots, including classic and vintage tractors and farm machinery, alongside all manner of other collectible items. They also attract Irish interest; some dealers and collectors journey across to these events.
Good weather on Saturday bolstered attendance; punters came from far and wide. Some were there to place serious bids; others were there to kick the proverbial tyres and to simply soak up the atmosphere.
On the day, there was a varied selection of tractors on offer – representing several decades of front-line farming. Some rare items had quite considerable ‘reserves’.
In this report, we focus on the blue-liveried Ford and Ford-derived (i.e. County, Roadless and others) tractor highlights.
Tim Scrivener was there for AgriLand to sample the atmosphere, capture these pictures and to jot down the key prices. All the pictures in this report are from Saturday’s auction.
Please note that all of the prices referenced below are in pounds sterling.
All (hammer) prices are subject to a ‘buyer’s premium’ of 5%.
Some of the (hammer) prices are subject to VAT at the local rate (i.e. VAT must be added to the price); some have no VAT applicable. See each individual caption for details.
Click on a thumbnail in the gallery (below) to open up a full-size image; once opened you can scroll sideways to see the next picture. Refer to each caption to see details of each lot, including the price.
This 1980 Roadless 118 (six-cylinder; ‘nut and bolt’ restoration; many new parts) sold for £51,000 (plus VAT)
This Ford 6600 (built in England to an ‘export specification’; ‘Dual Power’; low recorded hours) sold for £6,700 (no VAT)
This 1958 Fordson Dexta (three-cylinder; new tyres) sold for £3,200 (no VAT)
This 1981 Roadless 980 (four-cylinder; one of only 16 built; ‘nut and bolt’ restoration; full engine rebuild) sold for £30,000 (plus VAT)
This Ford 1000 (2,346 hours) failed to sell. The top bid was £4,200 (no VAT)
This 1972 Ford 5000 (power-assisted steering) sold for £6,100 (plus VAT)
This 1974 County 1004 (six-cylinder; restored to ‘show’ condition in 2008 by B J Craig) sold for £18,500 (no VAT)
This 1977 Ford 6600 (Q cab) sold for £8,300 (no VAT)
This 1954 Fordson E1A Major (four-cylinder; new tyres; ‘front to back’ restoration) sold for £5,000 (no VAT)
This 1979 County 7700-Four (four-cylinder; turbo-charged; Hara cab; new water pump; one owner) sold for £24,500 (no VAT)
This 1958 Fordson Major ‘Diesel’ (four-cylinder; restored a few years ago; full engine rebuild; new clutch; new injectors) sold for £4,000 (no VAT)
This Ford 6600 (Duncan cab) sold for £5,900 (plus VAT)
This eye-catching County 1174 sold for £16,800 (no VAT)
This 1965 County Super 6 (six-cylinder; new clutch; replacement engine) sold for £10,000 (plus VAT)
This Fordson E1A Major (four-cylinder; power-assisted steering; no rear linkage) sold for £700 (no VAT)
This original-looking, rusting Roadless 98 sold for £4,800 (no VAT)
This 1977 Ford 4600 (three-cylinder; Q cab; pick-up hitch) sold for £4,300 (no VAT)
This nostalgia-inducing Ford 4610 (Q cab) sold for £3,400 (no VAT)