Pics and prices: Eye-catching tractors steal the show at UK auction

The 20th anniversary of Cheffins Harrogate Vintage Auction in the UK saw “high prices paid for vintage and classic machinery, with a sale total of over £400,000 and a crowd of well over 1,000”.

With a 75% sale rate, the tractor section achieved a total of £295,742 – with modern classics from the 1980s and 1990s achieving “strong prices across the board”. A significant number of Irish bidders registered for the event.

Among the notable sales was a 1989 Ford 7810 tractor with only 1,710 hours, which sold for £15,500.

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The star of the show was this 1988 Massey Ferguson 360, which had only 816 hours on the clock. It was still on its original Kleber tyres. It achieved £18,000 and was sold to a UK-based collector
This unusual 1998 Massey Ferguson 9240 tractor fetched £14,500 at the auction
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This 1965 County 654 Super 4 tractor made £15,500. It is destined for a collector in Scotland
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This 1959 Roadless Power Major sold for a significant £8,200
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This rare Ferguson Brown Type A from 1937 achieved £8,300. It’s on its way to a new owner here in Ireland

In the bygones section, a selection of stationary engines, implements and spares achieved some notably high prices. An aging Massey Ferguson muck spreader made £1,400.

Bill King, Chairman, Cheffins commented: “Our 20th year at Harrogate saw some of the strongest trade we have seen at this event for some years, with modern classic tractors drawing interest from many buyers.

“These tractors from the ’80s and ’90s are popular with the next generation of collectors – those in their 40s and 50s who remember these machines from their youth.

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“We registered over 450 new buyers on the day. We are looking forward to coming back to Harrogate in 2018 and we hope that our 21st year at the Great Yorkshire Showground will be even bigger and better than this year’s sale.”