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“Vintage Collection tops at £10,500”
Stags Auctioneers were very pleased to be given the instruction to disperse the collection of vintage tractors, implements and equipment on behalf of Geoffrey and Karen Ash at Pinksmoor Farm, near Wellington on Saturday 26th June. The collection was mainly founded by Geoffreys father who had a passion for old machinery and was known to be very reluctant to throw anything away.
The sale day was full of sunshine and the star lot was always going to be the 1947 Field Marshall Series 1 Tractor which was the last lot sold on the day. The bidding started at £7,000 and quickly rose to finish at £10,500 being bought by a purchaser from Saltash, Cornwall who has always wanted to purchase a Field Marshall. The crowd was silent and there were three phone builders from Bodmin; Reading and Oxford all trying to secure this excellent example.
Other sale highlights included the 1956 David Brown 2D tractor sold with inter roe hoe which was sold for £4,000 to a vegetable grower near Exeter and was going to be put back into work that afternoon. Having not worked for many, many years; the 1948 Case LA tractor met plenty of interest and later sold for £2250.
There was a large array of vintage equipment on offer throughout the sale on behalf of the Ash family and highlights included £1100 for the Massey Harris 6B sunshine binder that was thought to be complete; a Dudhams 20-50 sign flew to £520; one of the 4 wheeled wagons sold to £450; the AA sign that was barely readable sold to £410 and a run of stationary engines topped at £210 for a Fowler engine in need of attention.
There was a decent line up of outside entries also which topped at £8,900 for a 1998 JCB Sitemaster 3CX digger being bought by a buyer from Wales; the 2010 Mitsubishi L200 double cab pick up made £3,300 going to a new home in Tavistock and the 1988 Benford 3T Dumper sold for £2800 to a purchaser in Southern Ireland.