Rare vintage and classic tractor collection to go to auction in Northumberland

Rare vintage and classic tractors from a Northumberland farm are set to go to auction this week.

Ian Harvey and his family, of Shotton Farm in Mindrum, near Wooler, will put 500 lots under the hammer with auctioneer Harrison and Hetherington on Friday. The collection is thought to be one of the most significant of vintage and classic tractors and farm machinery in the north of England.

Among the keenest focus of attention is expected to be the Shotton Farm collection’s 17 tractors, some of which are nearly 100 years old. These include a very rare Case model R, an original Case 500, a Fordson E27N fitted with a Perkins P6 Engine, and two County Super 4 tractors that have paraded at shows and events across north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Further implements to be sold include a selection of mounted and trailing ploughs, some of which have had previous success at ploughing matches, along with a large quantity of new and used Ford, County and Massey Ferguson spare parts.

The sale marks the fulfilment of a lifetime’s ambition for the Harveys to buy their farm near Kirk Yetholm which they have tenanted since the family first moved to Shotton in 1966. Now farming with his son, David, Ian is aiming to open a new chapter in the family’s farming development with the offer of the entire collection, including the earliest tractors he began to acquire more than half a century ago.

Bidding will be streamed live online, and the on-farm sale is already attraction attention from collectors and buyers from all over the UK. Many are expected to make the journey to Shotton farm on the previous viewing day on Thursday, and the day of the sale on Friday.

Ian Dick, senior auctioneer at Harrison and Hetherington, said: “This is a lifetime’s collection and it includes some of the rarest Vintage and Classic tractors we have ever had the privilege of auctioning. So this is a unique opportunity for buyers to add to their own collection some very rare tractors presented in excellent condition.

“This is going to be a wonderful event, almost a Vintage tractor festival the like of which we have never seen in Northumberland, and I would urge anyone interested to come and enjoy it.”

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