Tractors, cars and motorcycles could raise up to £ 1million in Cheffins’ October vintage sale


The sale is expected to drop from £ 800,000 to £ 1,000,000 as all 1,500 lots go under the hammer in what is Europe’s largest auction of its kind. Based in East Anglia but operating nationwide, Cheffins is Europe’s premier auctioneer of vintage machinery, and this sale is set to be a major event for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Among the tractors, the lot with the highest rating is a 1915 Overtime Model R tractor (on the photo on the right) which is considered to be one of the oldest examples of work in the UK. Originally imported in 1916, The Overtime was the British name for the American-made “Waterloo Boy” tractor which was brought to the UK by the Overtime Farm Tractor Company. This tractor was discovered in derelict condition by the current owner in 1959 in Farnham, Surrey, and has since undergone a major restoration. It has been used in over 120 plowing matches and displayed in 200 trade shows and is now expected to sell for between £ 30,000 and £ 35,000. Also available in the tractor section is a 1953 David Brown 50D tractor, which has been perfectly restored and has an estimate of £ 25,000-30,000 and a 1963 Roadless Plowmaster tractor which only had two original owners. and has an estimate of £ 35,000- £ 40,000.

The vehicles section also sees a varied catalog, with a 1919 3048cc Belsize 15/20 Open Tourer (high on the picture) is expected to sell for between £ 25,000 and £ 30,000. This copy, registered SV 9204, was the first motor car built by Belsize Motors Limited at the end of World War I and was widely advertised and presented throughout the year as the new post-war model. of the company. It was widely acclaimed by major automotive magazines including The Autocar and The Motor, and this unique prototype was later used to bring the model into production in 1920. The car was registered in a private owner’s name in 1921 and was then purchased in 1966 by Whitakers. Chocolatiers in Skipton and painted a “chocolate brown”. The body was then changed to green and black in 2003 and it was purchased by the current owner in 2014.

Other cars in the section include a 1950 1600cc Land Rover Series 1 that has been owned by its current owner for 17 years. It was used for the filming of the second series of Heartbeat and has an estimate of £ 14,000-16,000. There is also a 1967 Morris 1000 pickup estimated between £ 8,000 and £ 10,000. The sale will also include the only car built by Manchester-based manufacturers Belsize in 1919. This car was tested by all automotive journalists of the time and used in all advertisements and promotions, it is an incredibly rare and popular car. ‘was the only one built by the company that year, it has an estimate of £ 25,000-30,000.

The motorcycles section includes a series of early examples, including a 1937 499cc Norton Model 18 which is part of a private collection where it has been kept since 1995, it is estimated between £ 8,500 and £ 9,500. There is also a 1928 596cc Scott Flying Squirrel which has been in the same family for three generations and is offered in good condition with an estimate of £ 6,500 to £ 8,500 and a 1966 649cc Norton 650SS motorcycle which has an estimate. from £ 5,500 to £ 6,500.

The Pooley Collection dominates collectibles, which could fetch £ 65,000 in total. The collection, which was kept by a certain Mr. Alan Pooley, a bodybuilder from Norfolk, was amassed over 20 years. It includes over 60 restored and unrestored two-gallon gas cans, over 250 antique oil cans, oil pourers, cycle lubricators and a gas pump. This new collection on the market includes a number of rare examples, including a Racing Shell box which was only in production for a year in 1930 and is expected to sell for between £ 400 and £ 600.

Oliver Godfrey, Director of Cheffins, said: “We look forward to welcoming enthusiasts from all over for our fourth and final collective sale of 2021. This year has seen stellar prices paid for classic and vintage tractors, with a number of record price. broken as the market continues to strengthen. This particular catalog includes a plethora of desirable tractors, with fully restored machines and project machines on offer. There is also a series of interesting classic vehicles as well as motorcycles, and the Pooley collection will be popular with the many petroliana collectors currently active in the market.

The sale will host live auctions as well as telephone and online auctions.

The sale will take place on saturday 23 october, at Cheffins Machinery Sale Ground, Sutton, Ely, CB6 2QT. For more information, please visit, or call the Cheffins auctioneers on 01353 777767.


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