A record £210,112 was paid for a 1983 County ‘short nose’ 1474 at the recent auction of the Shrubbs farm collection in Essex. Hosted by Cheffins, this is the second highest price paid for a classic tractor at auction to date.

Bought by a UK-based collector, this rare example had seen two owners from new, only 100 hours on the clock and had a pre-sale estimate of £60,000-£70,000.

This was followed by £79,864 for a rare 1966 Northrop 5004/6; £49,312 for a 1965 Doe-130; £45,024 for a 1989 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee; £34,840 for a 1975 Ford 7000 and £28,944 for a Roadless Ploughmaster 6/4.

Similarly, £28,944 was paid for a 1991 Ford 8830 Power Shift; £27,872 for a 1978 Massey Ferguson 1200; £26,800 for a 1977 Roadless 120 and £23,584 for a Roadless Ploughmaster 95.

“A huge enthusiastic crowd along with hundreds of registered bidders had assembled at 9am on sale day morning and the prices and amount of bidding was incredible and consistent throughout the day,” said Oliver Godfrey, director at Cheffins. “Bidders came from all four corners of the UK as well as the continent and even interest from the USA.”

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