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Rare lots bound to generate interest at collective sale

The fourth Cheffins collective sale of the year will see over 1,500 lots of vintage and classic tractors, machinery, steam engines, motorcycles, cars and spares go under the hammer. Hosted at Sutton, near Ely on the 14th October, this sale has a series of items set to draw crowds from across the UK. 

October’s sale will showcase three steam engines on offer including a Foden Ltd 4 Ton steam wagon which dates back to 1913, which has an estimate of £130,000 – £140,000. Still bearing its original livery, the wagon went to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, America in 1926 before returning to the UK in 1981. Also amongst the steam section is a 1936 Ruston and Hornsby traction engine which was one of the final Ruston traction engines before its affiliation with Aveling Barford. The engine has been fully refurbished and now has an estimate of £85,000 – £90,000. A Fowler Steam Roller dating back to the 1920s will also be popular with enthusiasts and is fully functional. It has an estimate of £40,000 – £45,000. 

There are 71 vintage and classic tractors on offer on the day, with the star of the show being a one-off 1991 Jewelltrac Logtrac which is fitted with log blades and has been consigned from Scotland.

This machine is the only Logtrac ever produced by the firm and will appeal to those looking for an unique item to add to their collection. It has an estimate of £30,000 – £35,000. Other tractors of note include a 1976 Roadless 105 tractor which is thought to be one of only 30 examples ever built, this has an estimate of £13,000 – £15,000. There is also a rare Highlander County 754 from the James Jones & Sons converted County series which is believed to make from £12,000 – £15,000. A 1957 Porsche P122 which has been restored to a high standard will also be popular, as will a 1948 Field Marshall Series 2 which has been a regular sight at local rallies and shows. These two have estimates of £9,500 – £10,500 and £12,000 – £14,000 respectively. 

The Cheffins’ classic and vintage motorcycle section continues to grow and this sale will see 57 bikes go under the hammer. Motorcycles on offer range from classic bikes dating back to the early 1940’s, through to 1960’s iconic BSA examples to newer models dating from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The highest value lot is a 1961 650cc Triumph Bonneville which has a strong provenance and has been fully refurbished, it has an estimate of £11,000 – £12,000. For those looking for something a bit different there is a 1995 1100cc BMW Watsonian Outfit, which has been put together by a former sidecar racer which has an estimate of £4,500 – £5,500. There is also a rare 1960 600cc BSA M21 Busmar motorcycle combination which currently is used at local rallies and shows. It has an estimate of £5,500 – £6,000. A large consignment has come from a former rider training company and consists of modern Scooters and machines up to 650cc. 

Bill King, Chairman, Cheffins comments:

“This sale sees a good selection of steam engines which always draw in the crowds with the ex-Henry Ford engine set to see some competitive bidding. The tractor section is also strong with consignments of rare and unusual machines from across the country. Our April and June Cambridge sales and Harrogate auction saw high prices paid and some of the biggest crowds we have welcomed to date so we hope to finish 2017 on a bang with a busy October sale.” 

The sale will take place on the 14th October, at Cheffins Machinery Sale Ground, Sutton, Ely, CB6 2QT.  For more information please visit, or call Cheffins auctioneers on 01353 777767. 

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