With the first collector’s sale of classic and vintage machinery hosted by Euro Auctions being hailed as a resounding success, the upcoming event on the 28th of August is being anticipated by many. Hosted once again at the stunning Castle Irvine Estate in County Fermanagh, this one-day auction will be held as a ‘physical sale’, with preview days prior to the auction. In addition, for those unable to attend, this unique sale will also be conducted online in real time, via the internet, with Euro Auctions marketing the event to a database of regular buyers in over 115 countries, enabling consignors to tap into an international market.
Owners have been consigning to this sale a diverse selection of classic vehicles, parts and automobilia, with more doubtless to come in the run up to the event this weekend. While classic tractors outnumber their car brethren, there are items to suit all tastes and interests, from a 1992 Ford Sierra police car to an unusual balloon-tyred 1972 Suzuki RV90 motorcycle to a sixties Clayson combine harvester, as well as stationary engines and restoration parts.
One classic that is guaranteed to get the crowds excited, and could be the ‘unicorn’ of the show, is a 1974 Ford 5000 tractor in as-new condition, with under ten hours on the clock. Owned by Brian Keys since 1999, when it was bought at a disposal sale, this tractor was sprayed with wax oil and then stored, until now. It has been looked after over the years, but never worked. A record was achieved at the last sale when the 1995 Massey Ferguson 390T, which had undergone a full ‘Grade A’ restoration, sold for £30,000stg, so perhaps the Ford 5000 will set another new record this weekend?