Farm Ireland

Thursday 24 May 2018

Vintage tractor fleet likely to raise more than €1m at auction

A vintage Porsche tractor which is part of the auction
A vintage Porsche tractor which is part of the auction
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A construction tycoon who has built up a collection of more than a hundred vintage tractors is expected to pull in well over €1m when his beloved farm trucks go under the hammer later this month.

John Flynn, who grew up on a family farm in Co Sligo, made a fortune in the building trade after emigrating to the UK in the 1960s.

But he never lost his love of farm life and has spent the past 40 years scouring the four corners of the Earth for rare and unique tractors.

His quirky collection of 105 tractors dating back to the 1930s will go up for auction at the Euro Auctions site in Dromore, Co Tyrone, on Saturday, April 15.

A spokesman said that the gleaming fleet of red, blue, green and orange tractors from France, Germany, the US, Canada and beyond is parked in a massive purpose-built garage that can no longer hold Mr Flynn's vast collection.

"They're sitting in a giant shed. They're shined and polished and lovingly covered with blankets," he said.

"They're really pristine and in working order."

The sheer size and scale of the collection will impress even the most passionate of collector, he added.

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"It's one of the largest collections in Ireland."

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