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Lot 382: Ferguson TE20 Tractor

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Harry Ferguson's invaluable contribution to agricultural practice is his ingenious three-point hitch system that supported trailed implements hydraulically, maintaining ride height and thus enabling tractors to remain stable. Following the acrimonious dissolution of his partnership with Ford, Harry Ferguson turned to the Standard Motor Company for the manufacture of a new design of tractor, the TE20. Known to all as the 'little grey Fergie' on account of its drab colour scheme, it was made in several variants between 1946 and 1956, during which time some 500,000 were produced. The restoration of this petrol-engined Fergie was commenced in 1977 and only completed in 2011, during which period the owner lived in France for 18 years. It should be noted that although there is a 'change of keeper' in the logbook, this refers to the vendor's brother, its custodian while he was abroad. Upon the owner's return in 2005 the renovation continued and the 'registered keeper' returned to the current vendor. Works carried out include sand-blasting an repainting, re-chroming, reconditioning the radiator, overhauling the hydraulic pump and renewing numerous parts (list available). It should be noted that all metal work is original and in good condition - the reason the owner purchased the tractor originally. Items of particular interest are the riveted aluminium bonnet, the front and rear wheel centres without scallops, and the angled oil filter, all of which are only found on very early examples. Winner of several awards including 'Best Vintage Restoration', this classic British tractor is taxed until May 2014.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number382
Estimate£3000-£5000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1948
Condition rating2
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Chassis numberTE/A 49672
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