Collection of classic and vintage vehicles owned by Gary Cooper, son of well-known haulier Derek, to go under the hammer

1953 Field Marshall. Lot 117

1953 Field Marshall. Lot 117 - Credit: Archant

A collection of classic and vintage vehicles formerly owned by well-known haulage company founder Derek Cooper will go under the hammer next weekend.

1949 ERF. Lot six.

1949 ERF. Lot six. - Credit: Archant

The auction, run by Cheffins, will see more than 100 classic and vintage tractors, 35 classic commercials and a series of modern vehicles and trailers go on sale on Saturday September 30.

The lots are being sold by collector Gary Cooper, son of the well-known founder of Derek Cooper Transport Ltd, at the Derek Cooper haulage yard in Risby, just outside of Bury St Edmunds.

1946 Field Marshall. Lot 114.

1946 Field Marshall. Lot 114. - Credit: Archant

In the mid 1980s the business had 300 staff, a fleet of 168 vehicles and seven depots as far as Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire. In April 2010, Mr Cooper died from pneumonia aged 80.

Standouts within the collection include four Field Marshall tractors dating from the 1940s and 1950s which have estimates from £8,000 to £20,000.

Marshall Model M. Lot 118

Marshall Model M. Lot 118 - Credit: Archant

There is also a rare 1969 International McCormick 523 classic tractor which has been well-restored and is a recent show winner. Two other key lots include a Marshall Model M dating from the late 1930s and an early 1970s Roadless B-450 which are expected to make £18,000 and £10,000 respectively.

Amongst the classic commercials are two 1971 Atkinson models which are fully liveried and have taken part in a series of rallies which have estimates of £14,000 and £15,000 a piece.

1971 Atkinson Defender. Lot 12

1971 Atkinson Defender. Lot 12 - Credit: Archant

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There is also a 1949 ERF 56TS Chinese 6-wheel commercial which has been fully restored and a 1963 Ford Thames Trader 4-wheel tipper. These have estimates of £16,000 and £12,000.

Bill King, chairman of Cheffins, said: “Gary Cooper is an avid collector who purchased a series of classic and vintage tractors and commercials from us and other sources over the years.

“Following the family’s decision to let the haulage yard at Risby, they are now taking steps to disperse of the collection.

“Many of these interesting machines have been regulars at vintage shows and rallies and we expect them to draw significant interest from across the region and further afield.”

The sale will take place on Saturday September 30 at the Derek Cooper haulage yard at Risby, near Bury St Edmunds. For more information visit or call Cheffins auctioneers on 01353 777767.

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