Record prices paid for classic, vintage and collectors' items at the first Cheffins sale of 2022, saw in excess of £2m change hands.

The sale, staged at Cheffins sale ground at Sutton, near Ely, saw more than 2800 lots go under the hammer, with buyers in attendance from across the UK and Europe.

Top price was £214,400 paid for a 1982 County 1474 ‘short nose’ tractor, which smashed its pre-sale estimate of £120,000-140,000. Having been fully restored, the tractor now holds the record for the most expensive modern classic tractor sold to date.

Other significant sales in the tractor section included £73,000 for a 2004 JCB 2140, against an estimate of £60-65,000; £48,240 for a 1983 Mercedes-Benz MB-Trac 1500 – well over its pre-sale estimate – and £42,880 for a 1974 County 1164, all of which were bought by collectors from across the UK and Ireland.

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Another noteworthy lot was a 1956 Fowler VF Crawler, which was found in original condition having been used on the Landwade Hall Estate, near Newmarket, since new. It sold for £16,080, against a pre-sale estimate of £6-7000 – a new record price for this particular model.

The sale which included the company's largest motorbike consignment to date with 80 lots offered, also saw a collectable 1923 980cc Morgan-Darmont Sports Model 3-wheeler sell for £21,920 to a buyer from Lincolnshire, whilst a P&M ‘Rob North’ Triumph T150 racing motorbike made £10,412, having been sold to a collector from Northern Ireland.

There was also an enormous consignment of automobilia on offer, with over 400 lots going under the hammer. The highlights from the section include £5,600 for a 1930s Shell Satam cabinet two-door petrol pump; £5,376 for a Regent 100 petrol pump globe and £4,704 paid for a 1930s Dunlop air tower model and the same price paid for a Dunlop Fort enamel sign from the 1930s.