A John Deere 4755 tractor registered in 1993, attracted the lead price of £42,930 at a sale of more than 1300 lots to include 110 vintage and classic tractors, machinery, motorcyles, cars and collector's items, at Cheffins’ saleground in Sutton, near Ely.

Next best at £37,100 was a 1982 Ford TW-30; followed by a 1980 Muir Hill 121 which made £33,920 and a 1985 International 1455XL that sold for £32,330.

The sale of 35 motorcycles met a buoyant trade which peaked at £8987 for a 1967 Velocette Viper, while a 1948 Sunbeam S7 from Ireland made £6576 and a 1956 Triumph T110 complete with some spares sold for £5918. Other vehicles were topped by a restored 1968 Atkinson TRS Mk1 lorry which sold for £24,910 and a 1931 Ford Model A Tudor Saloon made £9010.

Collectors’ items also proved popular, with ‘Windsor Lad’ an A3 Pacific class model locomotive selling for £10,120, whilst the ‘Princess of Wales,’ a Midland Railway ‘Single Wheeler’ model locomotive realised £5720.

“The results of this sale show that collectors are still seeking out well-restored and low-houred examples of classic tractors from the 1970s onwards," said Jeremy Curzon, Cheffins Machinery. "Whilst there is clear demand for these newer machines, the earlier tractors from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s also achieved strong prices, selling to collectors from across the UK and overseas."

All results reported are total prices, inclusive of commission rates (tractors and vehicles – 6% plus VAT;

motorcycles – 8% plus VAT and all other items, 10% plus VAT).