Bids sail past £100,000 for vintage ploughing engines
11:40 10 May 2014
A bumper crowed descended on Sutton showground last Saturday to bid on some of the more than 3,300 lots served up at Cheffins vintage and classic auction.
And a pair of John Fowler BB1 ploughing engines stole the show on the day, eventually being snapped up by an internet bidder for a whopping £120,000.
The engines, which belonged to the Keys family of Strumpshaw Hall, Norfolk, were on display in a steam museum but will now be re-commissioned and brought back into working order.
Also to fall to the hammer was a 1921 Aveling & Porter F Type steam roller at £27,500, an interesting 1924 George White traction engine took £24,000 and a pair of Marshall portable engines took £1,800 and £3,200 respectfully.
With over 300 vintage and classic tractors on offer there was a make and model to suit any pocket with the highlight being £20,000 for a Swedish built 1924 Avance tractor, £15,600 for a 1,000 houred Massey Ferguson 135, £10,000 for a very original David Brown VTK1 Thresherman and £11,000 for a Howard Platypus 30.
Two relatively modern tractors caused much excitement due to low hours and therefore excellent condition; a 1990 Ford 7810 made £17,500 and a 1994 Track Marshall rubber tracked crawler made £17,800.
Other interesting prices included a 1960 Porsche Super Export at £9,200, a 1953 Field Marshall Series 3a at £12,000, a Ford 7000 at £10,800 and a very well restored David Brown Cropmaster selling to American bidders for £7,700.
Three cars and 50 motorcycles went under the hammer as the principal lots and the 1919 Belsize, a rare four-seat tourer, started proceedings at a healthy £20,000, the 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera failed to sell under the hammer but was a £23,000 after sale success, whilst the happiest of cars the 1960 Healey Frog Eye Sprite was contested above estimate to £13,000.
The 50 motorcycles were well displayed and examples from 1919 to 2004 all found new homes with buyers from far and wide crowding the marquee.
British machines from the 1950s and 60s dominated the inventory but earlier examples generated the most bidding cards in the air at any one time with a delightful 1919 Triumph Junior making an estimate busting £4,500, and a 1929 Ivory Calthorpe requiring work which took a telephone and i-bidder battle to resolve at an eventual £4,700.