A vintage tractor from Devon topped a recent vintage and classic machinery sale.

The 1979 County 1474 ‘Short Nose’ tractor sold for £160,800 at the second Cheffins collective vintage sale of the year. Consigned from Devon, the well-presented example was sold to a UK-based private collector.

There were 190 tractors on sale on July 23, including a 1989 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee, which sold for £45,560, a 1973 David Brown 996 which sold for £18,760 and a Mailam Dexta crawler tractor which sold for £15,008.

Oliver Godfrey, head of the machinery department at Cheffins, said: “This was a fantastic sale, with a really varied catalogue.

"Whilst the County didn’t break the record price of over £200,000 which we saw in April, it is still a hell of a lot of money for a classic tractor.

"In general, the July sale tends to be one of our quieter auctions, but the prices achieved on the day go to prove the buoyancy of the classic tractor market which continues to see robust price growth year-on-year."

Leading the 40-lot strong motorcycle section was a 1927 ES2 Norton amateur TT race bicycle. This is the first ever ES2 model to have been mentioned in Norton records and has been consigned from a private collection in Hertfordshire. It was sold for £32,880 to another Hertfordshire based collector.

The Roger Austin collection of fairground memorabilia, which included over 100 lots of historic gallopers, figures, clowns, rounding boards, signs and various other vintage fairground items was sold in its entirety, with many of the lots making well over their presale estimates. Highlights from the collection included a Toy Town Fire Service self-propelled midget fire engine, which made £7,840, two Austin J40 pedal cars, which made £2,800 and £2,688 respectively and £3,136 for a full-size double adult wooden galloper horse.

Also on offer was a selection of rare automobilia items, the most valuable of which was a Shell glass fuel pump globe which sold for £2,576.