A recent Euro Auctions sale in Northern Ireland saw a record price paid for a Massey Ferguson 390T tractor. Here’s our full sale report.
Dromore-based Euro Auctions, one of Europe’s leading auctioneers of industrial plant, construction equipment and agricultural machinery, hosted a one-day collectors’ sale of classic and vintage tractors, plant, machinery, motor cars and commercials on May 1st at Castle Irvine, Co. Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland.
This eagerly-awaited, one-day auction was held as a physical sale at the stunning Castle Irvine, with more than 1,000 people attending on the day to view the excellent collection of machines being sold.
In addition, more than 1,000 registered online bidders took part in this sale from more than 50 countries, including the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, the Far East, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
With more than 300 lots for sale, not since the private tractor collection sale in April 2017 – also hosted by Euro Auctions – has such a range of iconic machinery been amassed for sale in Northern Ireland. There was certainly something for every enthusiast, and the company heralded it as a great success.
Derek Keys, from Euro Auctions, commented on the classic and vintage market: “We are delighted with the results of this sale, and our consignors delivered some amazing lots for sale and we are always surprised what turns up on the day.
“Recent changes to the market mean that classic and vintage enthusiasts have shifted focus from collecting 1940s-’50s machines that would normally be static and purely admired, to collecting machines from the 1970s-’90s, and driving and using them. Taking part in tractor runs and vintage rallies.”
There was certainly intense interest in a 1995 Massey Ferguson 390T, which had undergone a full, grade 10 restoration. Bought new in 1995, this tractor would have been driven out of the showroom for £28,315. At auction, 26 years later, it made £30,000. This was the highest price ever paid for a Massey Ferguson 390T of this age in the UK.
Other prominent tractors for sale included a restored 1974 Massey Ferguson 1200, selling for £14,000, and a rather rough 1989 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee, which sold for £23,500.
1961 County Super Major crawler, £5,750
1948 Ford Funk 8N six-cylinder flathead conversion, £3,500
1957 Massey Ferguson FE 35, petrol, £5,000
1958 Massey Ferguson 35, pick-up hitch, £3,750
1963 JCB 1 Gravedigger, £11,000
1963 Ford 4000 Select-O-Speed, power steering, front wheel weights, £3,100
1968 Massey Ferguson 35X, new tyres, £5,200
1974 Massey Ferguson 1200, £14,000
1975 David Brown 995, fully restored, £10,000
1975 Ford 7000 Dual Power, power steering, £18,500
1978 County 4600-Four, Q cab, power steering, £4,100
1983 Massey Ferguson 250 Sankey cab, power steering, £9,000
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