1928 Foden Timber tractor leads million dollar auction

A 1928 Foden D-Type Timber tractor made £140,000 ($204,834) at Cheffins in Cambridge, UK earlier this month.

The piece was the star lot of a huge auction of tractors and farming equipment belonging to the late John Keeley.  

Foden D type
The 1928 Foden D-Type is a rare British tractor

It was worked up until the early 1950s, when it passed into the next phase of its life as a show vehicle. It was exhibited extensively at rallies up until 2002, when it was put into storage.  

William King, Cheffins' director, told the Mirror newspaper: "This is possibly the first and last time that we will see such a diverse collection of historic and vintage vehicles comprising everything from steam engines to classic cars come to the market.

"Not only was it one man's collection containing an eclectic mix of steam, tractors, commercial vehicles, cars and memorabilia, but John Keeley managed to collect some of the most interesting items in all of those categories.

"It was amassed over the years with much care and attention to detail - with many of the lots untouched and highly original…

"We had an enormous crowd and there was some fierce bidding - with buyers from across the world, including Europe and America."

The collection brought in an impressive £1.5m ($2.1m).

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