As the sale of classic and vintage machinery continues to exceed expectations for Cheffins in 2021, the auction house is gearing up for its next mammoth sale, taking place on April 24 and featuring more than 2,000 lots.
East Anglian-based auction house Cheffins, recently hosted a major timed online sale of more than 140 items of vintage and classic machinery, plant items and vehicles on behalf of a private collector based in Syston, Leicestershire.
The auction saw 40,000 views online and a 100 per cent sale rate, with lots sold to vintage enthusiasts from across the country.
Oliver Godfrey, director, Cheffins, says: “With light at the end of the long lockdown tunnel, private collectors were bidding in force at this sale, looking for that next piece of kit to use for the upcoming rally and ploughing match season.
“Whilst values for classic and vintage tractors have held firm over the past twelve months, prices at this sale well exceeded expectations, proving that the market is alive and kicking and buyers have cash in the bank ready for that perfect article for their collections.
“With over 40,000 views online, vintage collectors are certainly becoming increasingly savvy with the timed online sale format which is continuing to pay dividends for sellers from across the country.”
The auction included vintage tractors along with classic commercial vehicles and plant items. Among the classic tractors on offer, highlights included a 1984 Massey Ferguson 699 which sold for £16,750 and a 1984 Massey Ferguson 135 which sold for £7,600. From the same era, a 1981 David Brown 995 made £7,800, while a 1978 Muir Hill 111 sold for £17,250.
In the vintage category, a 1951 Fordson E27N P6 which sold for £14,000 while a 1955 AEC Mammoth Major flatbed lorry sold for £7,600. For those looking for newer models, a 2009 Massey Ferguson 7490 Dyna-VT with 6,344 hours sold for £39,250.
The next Cheffins sale will be the firm’s April vintage sale at Sutton, Ely, on April 24. Set to be the largest of its type in Europe, more than 2,000 lots of vintage and classic tractors, machinery, steam engines, motorcycles, cars and collectors’ items are to go under the hammer.
One of the rarest items on offer is a genuine one owner from new 1957 Land Rover Series 1. Untouched for more than 30 years, the Land Rover was discovered in Cambridgeshire and carries an estimate of £12,500 to £15.000.
Among the tractors on offer, the highlight is a County 1184 (pictured above) dating from 1979 which has an estimate of £42,500 to £45,000 which is followed by an ex-airport County 1174 also dating from 1979 which is set to sell for between £38,000 and £40,000.
Also available is a rare 1952 Fordson E27N 4WD (pictured below) with Roadless/Manuel front axle which has an estimate of £16,000 to £18,000 and among the earlier built tractors is a 1920s Huber Light Four with an estimate of £14,000 to £16,000.
The sale will allow traditional live bidding for tractors, vehicles and motorcycles, with other parts of the sale being offered as a timed online auction.
Bill King, chairman, Cheffins says: “As we welcome buyers both old and new back to the sale ground in April, we hope that this sale in all of its vintage glory should hopefully provide a much-needed change of scene after the many miserable months in lockdown.
“We of course will be following government guidelines when it comes to social distancing, but we are sure that the spectacle of hundreds of classic tractors, cars, vehicles and all the weird and wonderful collectables on offer will make this a magnificent event in the vintage calendar.
“The vintage market has continued to be buoyant throughout 2020, mainly kept afloat by regular online sales, however, with the prolonged periods of lockdown there will certainly be buyers out there with cash burning a hole in their pockets, just looking for that perfect next piece for their collections.
“Classic and modern tractors continue to rise in value, and the popularity of classic commercial vehicles is also really starting to gather pace. We have some fantastic examples of both available, as well as very original and rare cars and motorbikes, with the Land Rover Series 1, in particular, set to be of interest to collectors from both the UK and further afield.