A COLLECTION of over 40 classic and vintage Massey Ferguson tractors could realise half a million pounds when they go under the hammer at an auction to take place in Skipton, as well as online for distance bidders.

East Anglian-based auctioneer, Cheffins, will host the on-site sale of the Massey Ferguson tractors and implements on Saturday, May 7 in the district, on behalf of well-known collector Alan Bancroft.

The collection is extensive and is expected to generate a considerable amount of interest from other collectors and Massey Ferguson enthusiasts.

Highlights of the sale include a 1982 Massey Ferguson 1250, estimate £40,000; a 1975 Massey Ferguson 148, estimate £8,000 and a 1995 Massey Ferguson 390T with an estimate of £18,000.

Oliver Godfrey, head of machinery sales at Cheffins said: “Alan Bancroft is a well-regarded collector of Massey Ferguson classic and vintage tractors, with an eye for real quality.

“He is a long-term client of Cheffins and has bought many of these tractors at our sales over the years.

“This collection could easily achieve over £500,000 in total, as Mr Bancroft was known for only buying the very best in class of tractors.

“There is a great selection of 100, 300, 500 and 600 series Massey Fergusons as well as some superb Ferguson and Massey Ferguson implements on offer at what is set to be the biggest Massey Ferguson sale in decades.”

The sale will take place on Saturday, May 7 both online via www.cheffins.co.uk and on-site at Mr Bancroft’s premises at Skipton

For more information about the lots in the auction, please visit www.cheffins.co.uk or call Cheffins auctioneers on 01353 777767.

Cheffins is a professional services firm, specialising in property, land, fine art and farm machinery. Founded in Cambridge in 1825, it is privately owned, proudly independent and guided by longstanding principles.

With offices in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk it has a strong presence across the East of England and also attracts buyers and sellers from around the world to its Fine Art and Farm Machinery auctions.

Details of other up-coming auctions can be found on the website.