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Collector to sell over 60 tractors, including a ‘rare’ Massey

Tractor Auction 

Over 60 classic tractors and selected vehicles will come under the hammer at Cheffins’ forthcoming machinery auction on Saturday, May 28th, 2022, in Winkleigh, Devon.

The East Anglian-based auctioneering firm will host the sale on behalf of well-known enthusiast and machinery dealer, Rodney Cowle.

According to organisers, “quality modern classics, many of which he sourced throughout the UK, Europe, and the USA, are catalogued for sale.

Machinery sale highlights 

Highlights at the tractor auction include:

  • 1989 Ford TW35 2-wd, with only 1500 hours on the clock, an estimate of £25,000 – £30,000, which he sourced from the US;
  • Selection of Super Q cabbed 10-series Fords; a 1970s County 1164, which he fully restored with an estimate of £25,000 – £35,000;
  • Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee, which he restored with an estimate of £35,000 – £40,000;
  • “Rare” Massey Ferguson 4880 from 1985, which has an estimate of £25,000 – £30,000;
  • Mailam 5001 crawler tractor, from 1968 with an estimate of £12,000 – £15,000.

Oliver Godfrey, head of the machinery department at Cheffins, said that Cowle has a “fantastic” eye for original classic tractors.

He noted that this sale includes “quality and sharp examples” throughout the catalogue.

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“Rodney handpicked many of these tractors from the UK, Europe and the USA. Some of these classics have seen minimal wear and tear and can be found in the most original condition.”

“Rodney has particularly sourced these tractors from Southern France and Italy, where they have been used lightly.”

“These tractors have weathered extremely well and have not seen the hard-working hours which many in the UK have experienced.”

He noted that some of the sale entries are in original condition, whereas Rodney has tweaked and refurbished some that are “now set to sell well”.

Modern, classic tractors 

Continuing, he said:

“This sale is a great opportunity for collectors of modern classics, with tons of excellent Ford variants, including County and Roadless, and a selection of Massey Ferguson examples, John Deeres, an MB Trac and also a number of ploughs and spares.”

“The market for modern classics continues unabated, with price rises yearly for the best in class of examples. With Rodney’s talent at spotting a great tractor, this auction is set to be one of the most highly anticipated vintage sales of the year.”

Cheffins sold the first part of the Rodney Cowle collection in May 2019. Over 40 came under the hammer, including Ford and Ford-based derivatives.

The sale will take place on Saturday, May 28th, with a viewing opportunity on Friday, May 27th, at Great Punchardon Farm, Winkleigh, Devon, EX19 8DJ.

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