THE fourth Cheffins’ collective sale of 2021 will see a series of classic and vintage tractors, cars, motorbikes and collectors’ items on offer on October 23 at the Cheffins sale ground at Sutton, near Ely.
The sale is anticipated to raise from £800,000 to £1,000,000 as the 1,500 lots go under the hammer at what is Europe’s largest auction of its type. Based in East Anglia but operating nationwide, Cheffins is Europe’s leading auctioneer of vintage machinery, and this sale is set to be a major event for collectors and enthusiasts.
Amongst the tractors, the lot with the highest estimate is a 1915 Overtime Model R tractor, which is believed to be one of the oldest working examples in the UK. Originally imported in 1916, 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. It has been used in over 120 ploughing matches and exhibited at 200 shows and is now set 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 Ploughmaster tractor which has had only two owners from new and has an estimate of £35,000-£40,000.
The vehicles section also sees a varied catalogue, with a 1919 3048cc Belsize 15/20 Open Tourer set to sell for between £25,000 and £30,000. This example, with registration number SV 9204, 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.
It was much acclaimed by leading automotive magazines, including The Autocar and The Motor, and this unique prototype was then used for the model to go into production in 1920.
The car was registered to a private owner in 1921 and following that was bought in 1966 by Whitakers Chocolatiers in Skipton and painted a ‘chocolate’ brown. The bodywork was then changed to green and black in 2003 and it was bought by the current owner in 2014.
The sale will welcome live bidding as well as bidding via telephone and online.
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