More than £1.2m-worth of classic and vintage tractors, motorbikes, vehicles, automobilia and collectors’ items were sold at Cheffins’ Cambridge Vintage Sale at Sutton, near Ely.

An 80% clearance was achieved for the 200 classic tractors on offer which sold to £53,000 for a Saunderson Model G, dating back to 1917. This was followed by £43,460 for a rare model of a Weeks-Dungey Patent ‘Simplex’ early tractor which dates back to 1915. Similarly, a 1941 Roadless Standard N crawler tractor made £24,910 – well above its £15,000-£16,000 estimate.

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This rare model of a Weeks-Dungey Patent ‘Simplex’ early tractor made £43,460

Another top price of £27,336 was paid for a 1976 Ford 7000.

The 36 classic motorbikes which saw a 75% clearance hit a top price of £7672 for a 1960 BSA Rocket Gold Star tribute motorbike, followed by a 1972 750cc Norton Commando at £6576. Similarly, a 1923 Levis Popular eventually made £4713.

Motorbikes in need of restoration were also in demand with a 1935 Norton 16H selling for double the pre-sale estimate at £4384 and a Weslake powered speedway bike in need of full renovation achieving £1589.

Jeremy Curzon, Director, Cheffins said: “Most unusually, all of the motorbikes on offer were sold to UK-based buyers, and the prices achieved go to show that the market for vintage machines is alive and well.

“As a new format style sale, it was good to see the online bidding facilities being used so fully. The much smaller live audience consisted of fully committed buyers who had, in some cases, travelled long distances to bid on the choice lots on offer on the day and also to view the 1000 or so lots in the concurrent timed on line auctions.”

The automobilia section was dominated by a series of lots from the personal collection of world-renowned collector, Stewart Imber of Goodwood Revival and set and prop hire company, Themed Garages. The two star lots of the section were a 1920s Bishop’s Motor and Cycle Depot Shell illuminated hanging sign which achieved £3520 and a 1930s Saundersons Esso illuminated sign which made £1650.