Late farmer’s toy tractors sell for up to £200 at Shrewsbury auction

Toy tractors which belonged to a late Shropshire farmer sold for up to £200 at an auction held at Shrewsbury Auction Centre.

The Britains Golden Anniversary Ferguson TE20 tractor that sold for £200.

The toy tractors and an assortment of tractor manuals and instruction books were owned by the late Alf Smith of Eaton Constantine, near Shrewsbury.

They attracted a lot of interest when they went under the hammer in late December, prior to the annual Christmas Poultry Sale organised by auctioneers Halls.

The top price went to a boxed Britains Golden Anniversary Ferguson TE20 tractor, while an Ertl Ford 4000 tractor and a selection of implements sold for £150.

Meanwhile, a Farmall Model Tractor made £70, an Ertl Case International 1963 David Brown 990 Implematic tractor made £60 and a Britains Massey Ferguson 3680 tractor made £52.

Auctioneer Henry Hyde selling the collection of toy tractors and memorabilia at Shrewsbury Auction Centre.

Well supported by local farmers 

Back in October, Halls sold Alf’s three vintage tractors at Shrewsbury Plant and Machinery Sale, including a Fordson Power Major 2WD with a Cookes timber winch and cable that made £7,200.

“Alf Smith was a support to Shrewsbury Auction Centre and loved his vintage tractors and enjoyed exhibiting them,” said auctioneer Henry Hyde from Halls. “He collected old tractors as well as a few models and an assortment of manuals and instruction books for different makes and models of tractor.

“The sale of the toy tractors, collectables and memorabilia was very well supported by the local farming community and on the MartEye platform. The model toys averaged £30 with the highlight being the Ferguson TE20.

“It has been a pleasure working with Alf’s family on both sales. They have been very supportive and understanding of how auctions work and we have been happy to provide a full service to the family.

“The auctions have introduced new buyers to Halls. For example, it was the first time the buyer of the Fordson Power Major vintage tractor had been to Shrewsbury Plant and Machinery Sale.”

The Ertl Ford 4000 tractor and a selection of implements that sold for £150.

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