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Thursday 21 September 2017

Gallery: Vintage Porsche and Ferguson tractors for sale

The Porsche 329 which has a guide price of €16,500-20,000. Photo courtesy Mealy's
The Porsche 329 which has a guide price of €16,500-20,000. Photo courtesy Mealy's
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

A number of vintage tractors are up for sale this week at Mealy's winter auction

The sale, which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in Castlecomer, Kilkenny, has a number of items that will interest vintage lovers and farmers.

The Ferguson Brown series number 883. It has a guide price €16,500-20,000. Photo courtesy Mealy's
The Ferguson Brown series number 883. It has a guide price €16,500-20,000. Photo courtesy Mealy's

One of the main highlights is an extremely rare Ferguson Brown tractor, series number 883.

This tractor was built in Huddersfield and was part of a consignment sent to South Africa and Rhodesian air fields in the late 1930s and early 1940s. This particular example was believed to have been fitted with a generator run by a side mounted pulley and was used by the South African R.A.F., in the starting of Shackleton Air Planes and also as a tug.

This tractor is unique not only by its history, but because it is the only surviving model with a side mounted steering wheel and seat, as apposed to the central seated model. This tractor is in good working order and restored and has a guide price of €20,000-25,000.

Also for sale are two Porsche tractors. The first, a 329 is a three-cylinder air cooled model, only in production from 1960-1963. It spent its working life on a farm in the south of France before being acquired by its current owner around 10 years ago and restored to its former glory.

A 217 twin-cylinder Porsche, with a guide price of €13,500-15,000. Photo courtesy Mealy's
A 217 twin-cylinder Porsche, with a guide price of €13,500-15,000. Photo courtesy Mealy's

According to Mealy's, the three-cylinder was the highest quality model in the range and this tractor has a guide price of €17,500-22,000.

Meanwhile, a 217 twin-cylinder Porsche is for sale with a guide price of €15,000-20,000.

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A second Ferguson Brown will also be sold on Tuesday, with a guide price of €17,500-22,000. This model was bought by John Murphy of Taughblane Road, Hillsborough, Co. Down in 1838 to replace two horses and was everyday use on his farm until 1952.

The sale also includes its original log book from 1938.

This Ferguson Brown has a guide price of €20,000-25,000. Photo courtesy Mealy's
This Ferguson Brown has a guide price of €20,000-25,000. Photo courtesy Mealy's

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