We report from one of the summer’s best classic tractor sales at which more Massey Ferguson record prices were recorded.
Cheffins’ Harrogate Vintage Sale took place on August 21st, at the town’s Great North Yorkshire showground. Most lots were located under the open-sided sheds and, as you might expect, the main interest was centred on the 80 or so tractors being sold.
Their condition varied considerably, with everything from well-used, previously-restored and Concours examples to be found. Prices varied considerably too, of course, with auctioneers Bill King and Oliver Godfrey guiding the prospective bidders through proceedings. To be fair, most of the machines on offer were either from the ‘blue’ stable or the Ferguson fold, although other makes were represented, as well.
Among the grey machines there was a smart 1955 TE-F 20 diesel that sold for £4,000 while, being in similarly good condition, a 1952 Ferguson TE-D 20 changed hands at £2,300. Continuing with the grey theme, a restored FE35 diesel (once part of the Ron Hughes collection), described as being a good starter, sold for an average £3,100.
Condition varied more when we moved on to the Massey Ferguson lots, which obviously affected the prices achieved. A 1962 MF 35, which had been used recently for topping grass and turning hay, made £5,800, while a 1965 35X sold for £7,900.
Looking decidedly well-used, a Massey Ferguson 158 sold for only £1,900 and, also showing a lot of surface rust, a French, 1963 MF 42 with loader and cab that was described as being in good working order, moved on for a decent £5,100.
Doing slightly better was a very tidy, 1965, French MF 130, that was said to have had an extensive restoration, including a complete engine rebuild. That tractor sold for a record £7,100, while an original-looking, 1976 MF 135 with cab made £8,750.
A couple of top-quality 135s came next. This first, a 1968 model sold for £10,800, and the second, a 1970 model, did slightly better and made £11,000. These were followed by a pair of MF 165s from 1974, that sold for £4,800 and £6,500, and an un-dated MF20 industrial that moved on for £4,500.
Finally, a 1990 Massey Ferguson 3065, with only 1,112 hours on the clock, sold for £11,500, but a 1977 MF 1505 – fitted with Caterpillar eight-cylinder engine – reached £14,500 but failed to sell at that price.
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