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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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€22k 1948 Field Marshall Series tops sale which grosses €593k

Cheffins’ most recent sale of over 900 lots of classic and vintage tractors, agricultural machinery, vehicles, and collectors’ items at its annual Harrogate Vintage Sale grossed over £500,000.

Crowds in the hundreds from across the UK and Europe attended the East Anglian-based auctioneer’s sale on Saturday, August 20th, 2022.

Oliver Godfrey, head of the machinery department at Cheffins, reported that the sale saw “large” crowds on the day.

“Buyers from across the northern counties and further afield all heading to the Yorkshire Showground to join in the fun, as well as hundreds of bidders online.”

“There was also a strong trade for vehicles, bygones, collectors’ items and stationary engines.”

“The market is clearly still going strong for both vintage and classic tractors, and the Harrogate Sale offered collectors a great selection of machines from as early as 1919 to classics from the 1990s.”

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He said the Harrogate Sale provides a “fantastic” day out and is a “key” date in the vintage and classic calendar.

Vintage machinery prices

Over 140 classic and vintage tractors came under the hammer, and prices soared to £18,760.

Top of the price list was a 1948 Field Marshall Series II, which is in “immaculate” condition and previously won Best in Show at the Carrington Rally and Best Series II at the Marshall Golden Jubilee.

It has been part of several well-renowned collections, including at Toddington Manor and was once in the ownership of collector, Paul Rackham.

The tractor found a new owner in the form of a Leicestershire-based collector at £18,760, against an estimate of £10,000 – £12,000. Similarly, a 1956 Porsche A133 tractor fetched £10,184.

The more modern classics also saw what Cheffins described as “high” prices, as follows:

  • 1964 Massey Ferguson 35X: £12,328;
  • 1969 Massey Ferguson 165: £10,505 (against an estimate of £7,500-£8,500);
  • Massey Ferguson 135: £17,188.

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