More than 170 vintage tractors are going under the hammer on April 21 in Cambridgeshire.

Cheffins’ Cambridge Vintage Sale at Sutton, near Ely will also showcase a number of the world’s most unusual classic cars, motorcycles and steam engines available to purchase at auction. 

Of the 173 (and counting) tractors available on the day, the most noteworthy is the incredibly rare c.1920 Ruston & Hornsby British Wallis tractor which sold for £525 in 1919, making it one of the most expensive tractors on the market at the time. It carries an estimate of £30,000 - £35,000.

The other tractors expected to draw significant interest include two Roadless tractors dating back to 1980 and 1981. The 1981 980 4clyinder Roadless is one of only 11 known to still be remaining. Both items have estimates of £35,000 - £40,000 apiece.

Also set to be popular with collectors is a 1945 Marshall Model M with an estimate of £20,000 - £22,000 and a 1966 Nuffield Bray tractor which is set to make £20,000 - £22,000.

Bill King, chairman of Cheffins comments: “We are looking forward to seeing enthusiasts from far and wide for the first of our iconic vintage sales in 2018. The tractor sale includes a great selection of tractors from many eras and also not only some fantastic ready-restored examples but also some options for those looking for a renovation project."

South West Farmer:

The headline lot of the day will be the 1919 Albion Anglo-Amercian Oil Company delivery lorry which is expected to achieve around £40,000 - £50,000. It has only had two owners from new, and was bought by the vendor in 1985, still in the Anglo American Oil Co livery. It was fully restored in 2011, including over £1,500-worth of gold leaf used to recreate the sign writing. 

Mr King said: "The Anglo American Oil Company lorry is certainly one of the most striking commercial vehicles of the period ever to be offered at auction. The restoration work it has undergone has made it one of the best examples of its type, which is backed up by exceptional provenance being a direct purchase from the Anglo American Oil Company, the predecessor of the world’s largest oil and gas company, ExxonMobil.”