Record-breaking Roadless 118

Posted by Chris Graham on 26th October 2021

We report on a brilliant dispersal sale that included a record-breaking Roadless 118 among many other interesting auction lots.

Record-breaking Roadless 118

Record-breaking Roadless 118: Lined up ready for the sale. One of these Roadless 118 tractors went on to create a new world record price for this model.

Wellers Auctions of Guildford held on Saturday 24 July the late Gerald Parsons dispersal sale. Gerald was a contractor and so much more, and was based at Walliswood, Dorking, in Surrey. The event took place at Honeywood Lane, Oakwood Hill, Surrey.

Record-breaking Roadless 118

This JCB 3C Mk.2, which was in very good condition, sold for just over £2,600 + VAT on the day.

With over 800 lots there was plenty to interest a wide range of bidders. Gerald’s workshop tools were extremely impressive – no metric equipment here! It was all top-quality British and American spanners and sockets, plus so many pullers and sash clamps being offered, and all plant size, too! The second half of the sale started just after 12.30pm, and included online bidding, although many of the lots went to the large crowd attending the event, who had great respect for the deceased.

Record-breaking Roadless 118

The pioneering Hymacs – the 580C nearest the camera with Ford six-cylinder 380 series engine sold for £2,500, while the ex-Brindsbury College 580D with Perkins 6354, could have been yours for £3,800 +VAT.

Gerald had many irons in many fires over the years, and loved old machinery. The lots being sold even included the 1957 Land Rover Series One (£11,200) which he bought as a 15-year-old boy, before he even had a driving license. He kept that vehicle in full working order for his entire life.

He ran a substantial plant business, and was a real enthusiast for Hymacs from the 1960s. The best was the 580D, ex-Brindsbury College machine, which sold for £2,500 – there were actually three of these models in the sale. There was also a lovely, undervalued 1965 Fordson E1A Major-based Bray 23L loading shovel. It was evidently in need of a full restoration, but was complete and sold for £920.

This Fordson E1A Super Major-based Bray loading shovel sold for just £920.

During the 1980s Gerald bought two Roadless 118s for his business; one from Ben Martin at Dunsfold and the other – apparently – from Bepton. He used them both for a while and even slapped some paint on them from time to time! The better of the two was sold for an amazing £34,000 + VAT, which was a new world record price for a Roadless 118. The second wasn’t too far behind, and could have been yours for £28,500 + VAT.

This Mini Moke Series One was a stunner, and made £18,200 at the sale.

One other lot that caught the eye was an excellent, early-model and restored 1964 Mini Moke, which sold for a very reasonable £18,200. Although the auctioneers aren’t used to this type of sale, the whole occasion ran very smoothly, with a good refreshment stand that certainly added to the good atmosphere.

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Results (abridged)

Ransomes MG 6 with full link arms            £1,100

1963 Fordson Super Major, 12-ton Cooks winch, Lambourn cab, rough under the paint                   £3,100

1967 International 434 with loader and frame cab, £3,150

1979 Roadless 118, runs well                       £34,000

1978 Roadless 118, runs well                       £28,500

1965 Bray 23L loading shovel                     £920

1957 Land Rover Series 1                             £11,200

1964 Mini Moke excellent                           £18,200

Fordson Power Major                                  £2,450

Ferguson TE-D 20 ex-playground             £550

Ferguson TE-20 ex-playground                 £520

1969 Massey Ferguson 135 6,600hrs £4,800

1963 Fordson NP Super Major, original    £3,800

1973 Ford 4000 with AP cab                        £3,000

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