On the 20th and 21st of October, a selection of steam engines, tractors, classic cars, commercial vehicles and collectors’ items went under the hammer at the final Cheffins Vintage Sale of 2023.
The company has announced that sales reached over £1.5 million. Leading the sale was a 1918 Sentinal Standard steam wagon, which had been fully restored. It achieved £113,632 and was sold to a collector from Devon.
Closely following this was a 1910 Stanley 20hp Model 72 steam car, restored by Goold Brothers of Camerton, Bath, which was sold to a Yorkshire buyer for £64,302.
Of the 230 tractors offered, a 1981 Mercedes MB-Trac 1500 made £60,032, while a 1990 Ford Silver Jubilee achieved £48,230 and another MB-Trac sold for £43,460. Newer machines also received a lot of attention, with a 1999 Case 7250 making £36,040.
Older examples included a 1929 Rumely Oil Pull, which had spent 14 years in a private collection and sold for £10,594. Motorcycle sales were also good, with a 1956 998cc JMC Norvin, converted into a cafe racer in 2019 by John Mossey, selling for £38,360.
Bill King, chairman at Cheffins said: “The October Vintage Sale at Cheffins is always one of the most popular events in the vintage calendar, with hundreds of collectors and enthusiasts joining us both in person at the Sutton sale ground and also online, from across the UK, Europe and further afield.
“This year’s sale offered a comprehensive catalogue, with plenty to choose from in all sections and the enthusiasm from buyers on the day was infectious, with heady prices achieved particularly for the newer classic tractors despite the heavy downpours. The market for vintage items has held strong throughout 2023, with multiple record prices achieved throughout the past 12 months. This year saw our highest grossing Harrogate sale to date, and each of the collective vintage sales at Cheffins achieve over £1 million, as buyers continue to add to their collections, undeterred by the fluctuations and instability in other areas of the economy.
“We expect 2024 to continue in a similar vein, as vintage items continually beat inflation and offer stronger returns than other more typical investments. We look forward to welcoming buyers old and new to Sutton in the New Year, and already have an exciting catalogue of items to go under the hammer in April.”
For more information go to www.cheffins.co.uk