(5/2/2012 2:27:37 AM)
As Joe mentioned recently in another thread last Saturday saw the Annual Cheffins Spring Vintage Auction take place on their huge permanent sale grounds at Sutton near Cambridge, with 3,500 lots of literature, spares, vintage tractors, cars, mtorcycles, steam engines, and related machinery all sold in one day with five rings operating at once, which gives you the run around if looking at lots to buy in different sections. It was a pouring wet day and very cold too, but that did not put off the large crowds which attended.
Of special interest was lot number 3229 a British Wallis tractor, serial number 1493, a tractor which had been consigned to the sale from it's owner in Northern Ireland and originally spent it's working life in New Zealand. Over the years it has suffered several modifications including the steering mechanism which had an interesting reduction on the shaft and an automotive style steering box fitted, together with none original carburetor, missing air cleaner etc.
It was knocked down eventually for £33,500.00 plus buyers premium and tax to a Norfolk collector of early tractors. The price in US funds at todays conversion rate was $54,383.12 plus $3,262.99 5% buyers premium and 20% tax on the premium, bringing the total to $57,646.10
Enjoy the attached photo's.