Peter Love reports from Yorkshire as Ford tractors dominate at Cheffins’ recent and well-attended Harrogate Vintage Sale.
The Cheffins Harrogate Vintage Sale took place on August 21st, and really brought out the crowds. As you would expect, the main attraction was the 80 or so tractors which came under the hammer of Bill King and Oliver Godfrey. Most of the machines on offer were either from the Ford or Ferguson/MF stable, although other makes were represented, too.
The only E27N in the sale dated from 1951 and was fitted with a Perkins P6 engine, high-speed top gear and a Ransomes, two-furrow plough. It sold for £8,000. The best price for an E1A was achieved by a restored, 1962 Super Major, that sold for a very good £8,800.
A good-condition, 1962 Roadless Super Major New Performance example made £7,500, while an 1957 Fordson Major Holman Tractair compressor Industrial tractor, made £4,200 – a good price for an industrial in present circumstances. A very fine Ford 4630 4WD with just 1,154 hours on the clock, changed hands for £14,000, and that price was equalled by a very tidy, 1988 Ford 6610 4WD fitted with Super Q cab and showing just 5,400 hours on the clock. A Ford 6640 SLE 4WD with 3,800 hours recorded, found a new home for £13,800.
This was followed by a 1974 Roadless Ploughmaster 75, described as an ‘older restoration’, that looked good and was still fitted with its original, T5 engine. With 5,770 hours recorded, it sold for £13,000. These prices would all have been beaten though, if a very tidy, 1989 Ford 7810 Series II 4WD had actually sold. With just 1,722 hours on the clock, bidding hadn’t met the reserve when it stalled at £20,500.
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