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Cheffins top pricegoes to Roadless Ploughmaster

THE fourth and final Cheffins collective sale of 2021 saw over 150 vintage and classic tractors, 25 vintage motorcycles, 25 classic cars and commercial vehicles and hundreds of collectors’ items go under the hammer on Saturday, October 23. Hosted at the Cheffins sale ground at Sutton near Ely, the sale grossed over £1.1m at what is Europe’s largest auction of its type.

Amongst the tractors, the highest price paid was £42,400 for a Roadless Ploughmaster 6/4 which had seen only two owners from new and had a pre-sale estimate of £35,000- £40,000. This was followed by an Overtime Model R which made £40,810. Both of these tractors were sold to UK-based collectors.

Originally imported in 1915, The Overtime was the British name for the American-made ‘Waterloo Boy’ tractor, which was imported to the UK by the Overtime Farm Tractor Company. This tractor was discovered in an abandoned state by the present owner in 1959 in Farnham, Surrey, and has since seen a major restoration. Having been used in over 120 ploughing matches and exhibited at 200 shows, the Overtime well exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £30,000- £35,000.

The vehicles section also saw a varied catalogue, with a 1919 3048cc Belsize 15/20 Open Tourer which sold for £25,440 to a private UK-based collector. This car saw much pre-sale interest as it was the first motor car built by Belsize Motors Limited at the end of World War One and was widely advertised and demonstrated throughout the year as the company’s new post-war model.

Another vehicle which was highly sought after was a 1950 1600cc Land Rover Series 1 which had been in its current ownership for the past 17 years. This was sold for £23,120 against an estimate of £14,000-£16,000. It reportedly was used for filming in the second series of Heartbeat and was sold to a Warwickshire-based collector.

The first part of the Pooley Collection dominated the petroliana section of the sale, with circa 30 restored and unrestored two-gallon petrol cans, over 80 early oil cans, oil pourers and a petrol pump. This fresh to the market collection saw unprecedented interest, with a number of items well exceeding their estimates, such as a Monovo VC Motor Oil early one gallon can which sold for £932 against an estimate of £350-£450 and an early one gallon Shell Oil can with ‘stick man’ image which made £660 against an estimate of £300-£400.

Other popular items at the sale included a Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies RTYPL two furrow ride-on plough, which sold for £21,200.

The next vintage sale will take place in the form of the Cheffins Christmas Timed Online Vintage auction from December 1-13.

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