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Record £210,112 paid for 1983 County 1474 ‘short nose’

Purchasers forked out a series of record prices for classic tractors at auction as part of the Shrubbs Farm Collection in Essex over the weekend.

East Anglian-based auctioneer, Cheffins, hosted the sale at Sheering, near Bishops Stortford, on July 3rd, 2021.

A UK-based collector paid a “record” of £210,112 for a 1983 County 1474 ‘short nose’.

According to the Cheffins, this result makes this the second-highest price paid for a vintage or classic tractor at auction.

This rare example had seen two owners from new, only 100 hours on the clock and had a pre-sale estimate of £60,000 – £70,000.

Tractor prices

  • This was followed by £79,864 for a rare 1966 Northrop 5004/6, well above its £40,000 – £50,000 estimate;
  • £49,312 for a 1965 Doe-130;
  • £45,024 for a 1989 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee;
  • £34,840 for a 1975 Ford 7000 and £28,944 for a Roadless Ploughmaster 6/4;
  • Similarly, £28,944 was paid for a 1991 Ford 8830 Power Shift;
  • £27,872 for a 1978 Massey Ferguson 1200;
  • £26,800 for a 1977 Roadless 120;
  • £23,584 for a Roadless Ploughmaster 95.

Oliver Godfrey, director at Cheffins, reported that over 90 classic and vintage tractors and a host of excellent spares and implements went under the hammer.

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He stated that “what unfolded was nothing short of spectacular”.

“The Liddell family had been collecting for over 35 years and had quietly put together one of the most genuine and original collections of Ford and Ford conversion tractors including Doe, County and Roadless in the country.”

“With collectors and enthusiasts emerging from the darkness of various lockdowns and armed with fresh enthusiasm and cash, they were eager to feed their passion for all things classic and vintage.”

“A huge enthusiastic crowd along with hundreds of registered bidders had assembled at 9 am on sale day morning.”

“The prices and amount of bidding were incredible and consistent throughout the day.

International interest for Shrubbs Farm Collection

Bidders came from all four corners of the UK as well as the continent with interest from the USA.

“A record-breaking auction and one which we at Cheffins were very proud to have been instructed to conduct.”

“Collections of this calibre are becoming rarer and rarer. The prices achieved, shows the sheer enthusiasm and passion for the collecting scene has not abated, despite any with recent events,” the concluded.

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