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Vintage tractors sell for £170,000 at farm auction

Mr Allerton on his favourite Marshall Image copyright Cheffins
Image caption The auctioneers said: "Mr Allerton was a passionate and 'hands-on' restorer"

A collection of vintage tractors went under the hammer and sold for £170,000.

Several of the machines were made by Marshall Sons & Co Ltd, a now defunct Lincolnshire manufacturer described as "an iconic British brand" by auctioneer Cheffins.

The 11 Marshall tractors had belonged to Ian Allerton, a Driffield farrier and collector who died in 2015.

Agriculture machinery and farming equipment also featured in the sale of more than 561 lots held on Saturday.

Bill King, of the auctioneers, said the top price was realised by a 1956 Marshall MP6, which was sold for £61,000 to a Sussex collector.

Image copyright Cheffins
Image caption The Marshall tractors that went under the hammer

He said: "Mr Allerton was a farrier by trade and he would travel the countryside visiting farm after farm, acquiring tractors that he would add to his collection.

"He was a passionate and 'hands-on' restorer and his collection was very much a labour of love."

Image copyright Cheffins
Image caption Mr Allerton had a collection of about 40 vintage tractors

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