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Prices to £54,000 at 80-strong vintage tractor sale

Vintage tractor prices: Auction report

Cheffins’ most recent on-site machinery sale of over 80 classic and vintage tractors on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, in Newry, Northern Ireland, garnered interest across the UK and Europe.

According to organisers, this was one of the largest single-vendor collections to become available in Northern Ireland for decades.

The East Anglian-based auctioneer held the auction on behalf of well-known collector, Aidan Strain.

Strain began the collection in the 1990s, focusing on Massey Fergusons, David Browns, Fords, and Internationals. The collection encompassed 81 tractors and various vehicles, implements, and spares.

Strain sold the collection over the weekend to allow for the growth of his business, Aidan Strain Electrical Engineering Ltd.

Vintage tractor prices

  • 1963 Doe Triple D, which has undergone a recent restoration: Presale estimate of £50,000 – £60,000 and sale price: £54,000;
  • 1950s David Brown 50D, which had an estimate of £30,000 – £35,000 and sold for £32,000;
  • £31,000 for a 1973 Massey Ferguson 135 tractor;
  • £30,000 for a County 654 Super-4 tractor;
  • £25,000 for a 1973 Ford 7000 tractor.

Ahead of the auction, he said:

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“To note, I have been growing this collection now for over 30 years. I always knew that when I reached my mid-60s, I would have to sell up; other things in life have now taken over. I want someone else to be able to enjoy them.”

He explained: “I have bought these tractors from everywhere, from auctions or even ones I have driven past on the road.”

“When I had time, and I was younger, I used to love doing them up, and now all of the tractors on offer are in tip-top condition. I will be sad to see the tractors go but always knew this day would come.”

According to Oliver Godfrey, director at Cheffins, the collection created “huge amounts” of interest in the lead-up, with some “extraordinary” prices paid for the tractors on offer.

“The Aidan Strain sale was extremely well attended, with over 400 registered buyers coming along on the day and an additional 250 registered online.”

“Buyers came from all over the UK and Europe, with many of the top lots set to stay in Ireland,” Godfrey concluded.

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