American Buyers Cause Fierce Bidding at English Sale

By Staff

Nearly four hundred lots of vintage agricultural tractors,
stationary engines and farm bygones went under the Auctioneer’s
hammer at a recent sale held at the Hunday Museum,
Northumberland.

A strong contingent of buyers from throughout the United Kingdom
competed strongly with buyers from America to produce some very
satisfactory prices, in spite of the fact that many of the engines
and tractors were in need of major restoration.

In the Stationary Engine Section, a top price of 1200 was paid
for a Crossley Model ‘M’ 4 HP open crank gas engine made in
1902. A Blackstone 9 HP open crank oil engine fetched 1000. Other
principal prices included Blackstone open crank 5 HP oil engine
850, Tangye oil engine 750, Allan Bros. 20 HP oil engine dated 1915
600, Ruston &. Hornsby Model A.P. open crank 6 HP petrol engine
560, Amanco 6 HP petrol/paraffin engine 320, and Fuller &
Johnson petrol engine 280.

A selection of over 60 vintage tractors created much interest
amongst collectors and museums, with the strongest bidding reserved
for the pre-1930 machines. A Case 18/32 cross engine tractor made
2500, Minneapolis 17/30 cross engine tractor 2200 and Rumely oil
pull 20-30 2000. Of the later models a Twin city KTA tractor made
1500, Case Model LA tractors (both fully restored) fetching 1500
and 1200. An International ‘Junior’ in unrestored but
original condition made 1700. Lanz ‘Bulldog’ tractor circa
1935 went for 1300. One of the rarest machines on offer was a Wyles
motor plough (tractor unit only), built circa 1917 but requiring
extensive restoration, which was knocked down at 900.

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