Cheffins’ vintage sale scoops £1.3 million in ‘best recorded results for October auction’

PUBLISHED: 12:39 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:39 23 October 2018

A 1949 HRD Vincent Rapide sold for £37,260. Picture: CHEFFINS

A 1949 HRD Vincent Rapide sold for £37,260. Picture: CHEFFINS

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A cool £1.3 million was made at a Cheffins’ vintage sale in Suttton as more than 2000 lots of classic cars, motorcycles and tractors went under the hammer.

1973 ERF A series flatbed diesel tractor which sold for £23,100. Picture: CHEFFINS1973 ERF A series flatbed diesel tractor which sold for £23,100. Picture: CHEFFINS

The major event for collectors and enthusiasts took place on Saturday (October 20) and showcased a number of the world’s most unusual vehicles, attracting enthusiasts from across the country.

The headline lot of the day was a 1920 Crawley Agrimotor which sold for double its presale estimate at £67,725.

The important early British tractor is a well-known example and is one of just six Crawley Agrimotors known to have survived preservation.

Other strong sales within the tractor section include a 1916 Overtime Model R which sold for £35,700, a 1929 Rushton 14-20 making £21,000, a Fendt Favorit 614LS which made £21,000, a 1984 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee which sold for £19,110 and finally a 1984 Ford 6710 which sold for £17,325.

A 1916 Overtime Model R which sold for £35,700. Picture: CHEFFINSA 1916 Overtime Model R which sold for £35,700. Picture: CHEFFINS

The iconic Jack Richards Collection of classic commercials were completely sold out and grossed a total of £147,658, selling to a range of enthusiasts, many of whom had a connection to the haulage industry.

The leading lot from the collection was a 1973 ERF A series flatbed diesel tractor which sold for £23,100.

Amongst the cars, a 1924 Stanley SV steam car was the highest value lot, making £51,000.

This was closely followed by the 1899 Locomobile which sold at an estimate busting £36,225.

A 1922 Douglas Sports motorcycle sold for £5,940. Picture: CHEFFINSA 1922 Douglas Sports motorcycle sold for £5,940. Picture: CHEFFINS

These prices were well in advance of the pre-sale estimates of £3,000 apiece.

Bill King, Cheffins chairman, said: “This year’s sale yielded one of the best recorded results for an October vintage auction to date, proving that the market for classic agricultural machinery and collectors’ items continues to thrive.

“The Agrimotor was the highest result of the day and it was great to see this important machine returning to its home town of Saffron Walden.

“As one of only six of these original tractors still in existence, the Agrimotor generated much interest ahead of the auction and sold for over double its pre-sale estimate after competitive bidding from a series of buyers.

1920 Crawley Agrimotor which sold for double its presale estimate at £67,725. Picture: CHEFFINS1920 Crawley Agrimotor which sold for double its presale estimate at £67,725. Picture: CHEFFINS

“The Jack Richards Collection was a complete sell out, partly due to the massive interest in the lorries before the sale with buyers including local enthusiasts and commercial lorry collectors.”

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