Buyers paid “high prices” of up to £53,600 at Cheffins’ most recent on-site sale of over 60 classic tractors and selected vehicles.
The East Anglian-based auctioneer held the sale on May 28th, 2022, in Winkleigh, Devon, on behalf of well-known enthusiast and machinery dealer, Rodney Cowle.
Cowle sourced many of the vehicles and tractors throughout the UK, Europe, and the USA.
Cheffins sold the first part of the Rodney Cowle collection in May 2019, and 40 tractors, including Ford and Ford-based derivatives, came under the hammer.
Some sample machinery prices from the 2022 sale, which attracted over 60 classic tractors:
- 1989 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee; £53,600;
- County 1184: £50,384;
- 1985 Massey Ferguson 4880: £43,952;
- 1978 John Deere 4850: £31,088;
- Ford 8730: £30,016.
Speaking following the machinery auction, Oliver Godfrey, head of the machinery department at Cheffins, said:
“Rodney is known for having a fantastic eye for original classic tractors and has been able to source some rare, quality examples from across the world.”
“The sale saw a buoyant trade with a great attendance and tons of bidders signed up online. The second part of the Rodney Cowle collection saw much pre-sale interest.”
“The market for these classic tractors continues to gather pace. We regularly see record prices paid for various marques and models at various sales across the country.”
Ahead of the auction, Oliver noted that Rodney handpicked many of these tractors from the UK, Europe, and the USA.
He explained that some of these classics have seen minimal wear and tear and are 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 explained that with Rodney’s talent being “spotting a great tractor”, this auction was “one of the most highly anticipated” vintage sales of 2022.
Next machinery auction
The next major vintage and classic sale will be the Cheffins Vintage Sale at its salesground at Sutton near Ely, on July 23rd, 2022.