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Euro Auctions, Europe's leading auctioneers of industrial plant, construction equipment and agricultural machinery, hosted a one day COLLECTORS sale of classic, vintage, and antique tractors, plant, machinery, motor cars and commercials on 1st May at Castle Irvine in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
This eagerly awaited 'one-day' auction was held as a 'physical sale' at the stunning Castle Irvine in Country Fermanagh with over 1,000 attending on the day to view the excellent collection of machines on parade.
For those unable to attend, this unique sale was conducted 'on-line' in real time, via the internet, with Euro Auctions marketing the event to a database of regular buyers in over 115 countries. On the day, over 1,000 bidders registered to take part in this sale from over 50 countries, including the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, central Europe, Scandinavia, the USA & Canada, South America, the Far East, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
With over 300 lots for sale, not since the private tractor collection sale in April 2017, hosted by Euro Auctions, has such range of iconic machinery been amassed for sale in Northern Ireland. From several early 1900's Ford MODEL T Torpedo style open tourers, to a Grade A refurbished 1995 Massey Ferguson, there was something at this sale for every enthusiast.
Derek Keys from Euro Auctions comments on the classic and vintage market, "
"We are delighted with the results of this sale, and our consignors delivered some amazing lots for sale and we are always surprised what turns up on the day. Recent changes to the market means that classic and vintage enthusiast have shifted focus from collecting 40's and 50's machines that would normally be static and purely admired, to collecting machines from the 70', 80's and 90's and driving and using them, taking part in Tractor runs and vintage rallies. Also, collectors have begun down-sizing collections now holding fewer machines, but of a higher standard, predominantly Grade A machines. As a result, at both ends of this scale there is a demand and a very healthy interest in this type of machinery. Bidding was brisk, and a number of lots exceeded our expectations, whilst still pleasing the buyers to have been able to acquire such iconic machines."
There was intense interest in a 1995 Massey Ferguson 390 which had undergone a full 'Grade A' restoration. Bought new in 1995, this tractor would have been driven out of the showroom for £28,315. At auction, 26 years later, this machine made £30,000. This was the highest price ever paid for a Massey Ferguson 390T of this age in the UK. Other prominent tractors for sale included a 1974 Massey Ferguson 1200 4WD Multi Power Articulated Tractor selling for £14,000, and a 1989 Ford 7810 4WD Silver F111 Jubilee Tractor, Dual Power selling for £23,500
Other notable lots included a 1912 Ford MODEL T Torpedo style open tourer, with original Waterford registration documents, with four owners, having undergone a full restoration in the mid-eighties including an engine rebuild, was sold for £19,000. There was also a 1924 Austin 20 TOURER Built by Austin Motors Longbridge and exported to Australia. Returned to England in the mid-nineties and then underwent a full mechanical & body restoration which sold for £29,000
Andrew Crawford, the manager of the sale for Euro Auctions comments, "We have been seeing more and more good classic and vintage machinery at all our sales in the UK and Europe. Deciding to put on a collector's sale like this was driven by demand from our customers, and judging by the attendance, the enthusiasm for this sale and the registrations from not just the home market, but from overseas, this type of sale may be a regular feature in the Euro Auctions calendar."