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