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Treasure trove of Harry Ferguson tractors and farming equipment could fetch £400k

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 29/10/2015

Ferguson Brown. Type A. Price: £12,000 to £15,000
Ferguson Brown. Type A. Price: £12,000 to £15,000
MK1 Land Rover. Guide price: £15,000 to £20,000
Ferguson combine. Guide price: £8,000 to £10,000
Genius: Harry Ferguson

One of the world's biggest collections of tractors bearing the name of Dromore-born engineering genius Harry Ferguson is up for auction.

Described as historically important, The Hunday Collection of tractors and farm equipment is expected to generate lots of interest from Ferguson enthusiasts.

The lot, owned by Paul Rackham of Camp Farm near Thetford in Norfolk, includes 73 tractors, 100 implements, plus rare memorabilia and literature.

It is expected to fetch more than £400,000.

A fully restored Series 1 long wheelbase Land Rover that was purchased new by Harry Ferguson Ltd has a guide price of between £20,000 and £25,000.

The vehicle was the 13th long-wheelbase (107") Land Rover to roll off the production line and was supplied new to the 'grey Fergie' manufacturers in Coventry in November 1953.

It is thought to have inspired the four-wheeled drive developments carried out by Harry Ferguson Research Limited.

The sale, organised by Cambridgeshire auctioneers Cheffins and Suffolk's Clarke and Simpson, takes place on November 14.

Ferguson, born at Growell, near Dromore, Co Down, was the son of a farmer and is regarded as the founding father of the modern tractor.

In 1909, he was the first Irishman to build and fly his own aeroplane, and also developed the first four-wheel drive Formula One car.

Oliver Godfrey, auctioneer at Cheffins, said: "A sale of such historical importance will create a huge amount of interest, particularly from Northern Ireland, which was Harry Ferguson's birthplace, but also from the ever increasing number of Ferguson and Massey Ferguson enthusiasts.

"The collection includes tractors from Harry Ferguson's early collaborations with David Brown and Henry Ford, through to his own T20 models and later Massey Ferguson tractors." There are also several rare implements, including a replica tractor-mounted combine, a side-mounted baler and the 'holy grail' of Ferguson implements, an extremely rare game flusher which could fetch around £10,000.

The Hunday Collection was started by collector and agricultural entrepreneur John Moffitt in 1966.

He opened a museum displaying a range of vintage tractors, engines and machinery in Northumberland in 1979.

The auction will take place at Camp Farm on Saturday November 14.

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