On the 3rd July, Cheffins will host an on-site sale of over 90 classic and vintage tractors, implements and spares at Shrubbs Farm, near Sheering, Essex. Owned by well know collectors Ian and Martin Liddell, the collection is said to be one of the foremost in the UK, with a focus on Ford and Ford-based conversions.
Amassed from the 1980s onwards, the collection includes a rare six-cylinder Northrop, estimated to sell for between £40,000 and £50,000. Another lot expected to draw a lot of interest is a two-owner 1983 County 1474, which has done less than 100 hours in the last 25 years. This is expected to sell for between £60,000 and £70,000.
There is also a 1965 Doe 130 (estimate £40,000 – £50,000), a 1989 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee (£35,000 – £45,000), a 1978 Massey Ferguson 1200 (£15,000 – £20,000) and a 1950s Turner ‘Yeoman of England’ MK.3 (£5,000 – £7,000) which is one of the first tractors in the Shrubbs Farm Collection. This is as well as eight classic County tractors, six Roadless, 15 Fords, 20 Fordsons, as well as five Internationals.
The collection also encompasses 14 crawlers dating from the 1940s and 1950s, including an original County CFT E27N with a Perkins P6 six-cylinder engine; a Caterpillar D6 which Ian’s father bought from the local War Agricultural Committee; two Roadless J17 models and three Fordson New Major-based County’s. The crawlers are also valued from £3,000 to £5,000 apiece.
Oliver Godfrey, director, Cheffins, said: “Tipped to be the sale of the year in the vintage calendar, the Shrubbs Farm Collection is one of the most comprehensive assortments of classic tractors to have ever come to the market. The collection has been carefully amassed over many years, creating an historical timeline of the development of agricultural machinery from the 1960s onwards.
“When most collectors viewed post-war tractors and those from the 1960s and 1970s onwards as too new to be considered for preservation, the Liddell’s went against the grain and saw the potential for these newer classics. These large single-owner collections are getting increasingly rare in the market and the Shrubbs Farm Collection is a one-off opportunity for the serious collectors within the classic market to pick up well-maintained, restored examples as well as refurbishment projects and many fine original examples.”
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