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Classic machinery sale sees tractors reach record prices

Some of the UK’s finest classic machinery fetched impressive sums of money when they went under the hammer on Saturday (August 27) at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

  • Selectamatics
  • Roadless
  • Massey 135
  • Massey 135 2
  • Crowds
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Thousands of visitors turned up at the annual Harrogate Vintage Machinery Sale organised by Cheffins auctioneers.


More than 800 lots when under the hammer including some of the UK’s rarest tractors.



Out of the 90 tractors entered, over 66 per cent were purchased, and over £342,000 was raised in total.




One of the most anticipated lots was the 1977 Massey Ferguson 135, which had a minimal 969 hours on its clock.


Expected to sell for about £12,000, the classic sold for £19,000 due to an unprecedented number of bidders.


This is the second-highest price to be achieved for this model, with the highest being sold by Cheffins back in 2014, when £34,000 was paid for a 135 with only five hours on the clock.


Oliver Godfrey, director of Cheffins Auctioneers said the sale of the 135 showerd how ’low houred original examples can still demand some serious prices’.




He said: "Saturday was another fantastic sale with some great results, a tremendous crowd and some pleased vendors.


"Our Harrogate Sale really has become one of the most anticipated events in the vintage machinery calendar and the turnout on the day was second-to-none.


"The market for vintage and classic tractors remains buoyant, with some stellar prices achieved on the day. The sale of the Massey 135 also illustrates how low houred original examples can still demand some serious prices."




Another highlight was the sale of a rare Roadless 780, which sold post sale for £19,000 - a record price worldwide for the model.


The tractor, which had been restored at great expense, is believed to be one of only 12 ever manufactured.


The sale of a pair of Yorkshire-manufactured 1969 David Brown 780 Selectmatics reached £10,500 post sale.


The pair, which had been kept together since their production over 47 years ago had consecutive registration numbers were bought by an enthusiast from the Cheshire area.


The sale also saw a line-up of classic vehicles, including a Land Rover 80ins series 1, which made £11,200, and an Albion LEA 47 which reached £6,800.


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