A UK-based private collector snapped up a 1979 County 1474 ‘Short Nose’ tractor for £160,800 (over €192,000) at Cheffins’ second collective vintage sale of the year on July 23rd.
Ahead of the auction at its salesground at Sutton, near Ely, the firm placed a guide price of over £150,000 on the lot (video at end of article) and said it would interest classic tractor enthusiasts.
Oliver Godfrey, head of the machinery department at Cheffins, stated that “whilst the County did not break the record price of over £200,000 which we saw in April, it is still a hell of a lot of money for a classic tractor”.
“In general, the July sale tends to be one of our quieter auctions, but the prices achieved on the day go to prove the buoyancy of the classic tractor market, which continues to see robust price growth year-on-year.”
“This was a fantastic sale, with a really varied catalogue,” he concluded.
As with the April auction, Cheffins decided to return all sections of the sale to offering both live onsite and online bidding.
This is on the back of “continued” demand from the collecting market for in-person bidding.
- 1989 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee: £45,560;
- 1973 David Brown 996: £18,760;
- A Mailam Dexta crawler tractor: £15,008.
Roger Austin collection
The Roger Austin collection of fairground memorabilia, which included over 100, sold in its entirety.
Lots included historic gallopers, figures, clowns, rounding boards, signs and other vintage fairground items.
The firm reported that many lots made “well over” their pre-sale estimates, with sample prices as follows:
- Toy Town Fire Service self-propelled midget fire engine: £7,840;
- Full-size double adult wooden galloper horse: £3,136;
- Two Austin J40 pedal cars: £2,800 and £2,688.
The next vintage sale will take place in Harrogate in August at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Saturday, August 20th, 2022.
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