Tractors cause frantic bidding at sale
FRANTIC bidding took the price of a 43-year-old Massey Ferguson tractor to ten times what the North Devon owner paid for it in 1970.
And a second red Fergie, one of the most favoured old brands of agricultural machinery, attracted nearly as much attention from a big crowd at Woodburn Farm, East Anstey.
The tractors had belonged to the late Mr R A G Paramore, and had never been off the farm. His son, Tim Paramore, had travelled from Australia to help get ready for the sale.
The 1970 MF 135, which cost Mr Paramore £670, realised £6,100 while the 1967 MF 165 made £4,600.
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Auctioneer Stafford Sampson said: "It was a wonderful trade for the two old tractors, both one owner and which hadn't done many miles. A new one would cost £60,000 but the old ones would do the same job.
"Even with the best possible wind behind you would never expect to make that much."
The successful bidder for the tractors had earlier bought the 146-acre farm, the house and buildings through Stags Farm Agency Department.
And it was the company's on site sales team which was in charge of the auction of farm machinery and implements.
The sale highlights were always going to be the two Massey Ferguson tractors which had been bought from new by the vendor and had never left the farm.
Trade was strong throughout the sale for all antique and vintage items, especially Ferguson spares.