British Motor Museums

19th November 2015

£36,000 was the price paid at auction on 14th November for a 1953 Mk. 1 Long Wheelbase Land Rover. The Land Rover, no. 13 off the production line, had initially been sold to Harry Ferguson Ltd. It had been fully restored and went to a buyer from Ireland. It is thought the vehicle had been instrumental in the development of the Ferguson Four Wheel Drive system by Harry Ferguson Research Ltd.

A farmer’s collection of Ferguson tractors and implements, including the Land Rover, made in excess of £500,000 at the auction by Cheffins in Norfolk.This was the second auction of Mr. Paul Rackham’s tractor and memorabilia collection.

A 1956 Standard Vanguard delivery van, which had also been restored, was sold at the same auction for £18,500. In the first classic tractor sale held by Cheffins in September, Mr. Rackham’s collection of over 180 rare and vintage non- Ferguson tractors attracted 1700 people and raised more than £1.5m.

It will be interesting to see if any of the vehicles sold find their home in a Motor Museum somewhere in Great Britain.

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