Classic Fords and Massey Fergusons will be bought at auction in the UK

Around 60 classic tractors were collected by renowned English machinery enthusiast and dealer Rodney Cowle, to be put under the hammer in Winkleigh. The machines will include rare and very well maintained Ford and Massey Ferguson tractors as well as John Deere, Fiat and MB Trac tractors.

There are practically no auctions for classic agricultural machinery in Poland. In the case of vintage vehicles, this form of sale is still in its infancy, this is what we should be talking about in the case of a niche of classic agricultural machinery, less popular in our country.

On the other hand, in Great Britain or the USA, this type of sale is the norm. Sometimes we remember what is happening in the local market as part of interesting facts from around the world. This time we received information about the auction of more than 60 machines collected by Rodney Cowle.

– Rodney Cowle has a fantastic eye for original classic tractors. Some of these classics are little worn and in their original condition. Many of them were imported by Rodney from the south of France and Italy, where they were used lightly, said Oliver Godfrey, machinery manager at Cheffins, which is organizing the sale.

Consult the preferential financing conditions for farmers!

Old Fords like new

One of the stars of the auction is the 1989 Ford TW35 with only 1,500 operating hours. The estimated amount for this vehicle is 25-30 thousand. pound sterling. Another interesting tractor is County 1164, which has been fully restored and is estimated to be worth between £25-35,000.

Another interesting machine is the restored Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee, which should reach the price of 35-40 thousand. pounds and the equally rare Massey Ferguson 4880 from 1985, whose estimated value is 25-30 thousand. pound sterling.

John Deere 8020 sold for almost PLN 1.6 million!

Oliver Godfrey expects a lot of interest and sales for most of the machines. Specialist Cheffins believes this sale is a great opportunity for collectors of modern classics (i.e. machines from the 80s and 90s). In addition to more than a dozen well-maintained or restored Ford, County and Massey Ferguson tractors, the auction will also include individual units from other brands, such as: John Deere, Fiat and MB Trac. In addition to tractors, the auction will also offer plows and spare parts.

On May 7, Cheffins is holding an auction of Alan Bancroft's collection, where you can buy several dozen Massey Ferguson tractors, photo: Cheffins
On May 7, Cheffins is holding an auction of Alan Bancroft’s collection, where you can buy several dozen Massey Ferguson tractors, photo: Cheffins

“Thanks to Rodney’s talent for finding great tractors, this auction could be one of the most anticipated sales of the year,” added Oliver Godfrey of Cheffins.

This is the second auction of Cowle machinery

Cheffins sells Rodney Cowle machines for the first time. As of May 2019, over 40 tractors were on offer, most of them Ford-branded or using Ford technology.

The next auction will be on Saturday 28th May at Great Punchardon Farm, Winkleigh, Devon, EX19 8DJ. It is possible to see the machines on Friday 27 May.

Auctions every weekend

Many auctions are organized in Great Britain. The sale of Rodney Cowle’s machines is interesting, but for example on May 7, which is in a moment, another sale will take place. This time, appliances from the Alan Bancroft collection will be available for purchase, including several dozen historic Massey Fergusons from various years of production. In total, more than 250 objects will be auctioned.

The 1980s and 1990s tractor auction is attracting more interest because, as the experts at Cheffins say, collectors are getting younger and are therefore looking for something a bit more modern. The same goes for old cars and motorcycles.

1982 County 1474 beat pre-sale forecast, photo by Cheffins
1982 County 1474 beat pre-sale forecast, photo by Cheffins

At the end of April, one of the Cheffins auctions broke a record in the category of agricultural “youngtimers”. The 1982 County Model 1474 tractor sold for a colossal sum of £214,400, beating the estimated £120,000-£140,000. pound sterling.

I wonder when this type of auction will be organized in Poland?


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