Matbro Mastiff smashes vintage auction record

Matbro Mastiff

A 1963 Matbro Mastiff sold for £86,100 (€101,315) at Cheffins’ vintage auction on April 22, in Sutton, England. The classic tractor smashed its guide price of £40,000 (€47,000), making it a UK record price at auction for a vintage tractor. Source: Agriland

Over 4000 people were reportedly in attendance; buyers came from across the UK and abroad, including Germany, the USA, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Sudan.

The most recent vintage sale saw one of the highest consignments of vintage and classic tractors ever recorded, in terms of value and quality.

The sale of over 260 lots amounted to over £1.135m (€1.335m), according to UK selling agents Cheffins.

The first four tractors alone achieved a hammer price of £190,500 (€224,163) within the starting 10 minutes.

Following the 1963 Matbro Mastiff was a Lanz Bulldog D9550 crawler tractor; it sold for £75,600 (€88,959) to a buyer from Germany.

A 1957 David Brown crawler tractor achieved £63,000 (€74,133), which are both record prices for these types.

Dating back to the 1960s, the Super-Six also surpassed its guide price of £12,000 (€14,120); selling for £19,500 (€22,946).

The sale also included a collection of steam engines, with the most important example being a 1918 pair of John Fowler Ploughing Engines known as ‘Horsa and Hengist’, which were sold to a collector for a total for £147,000 (€172,976).

It was an honour to sell some of the world’s rarest and highest-value classic tractors,” chairman at Cheffins, Bill King, said.

“We saw buyers from all over the world, with some travelling from as far away as New Zealand and Australia to see these machines being sold. Rarity was the order of the day, with the least common models smashing UK records for prices paid.”