A flurry of immaculately restored classic Fords was the main attraction for many machinery enthusiasts at James L Murtagh Auctioneers’ recent plant and machinery auction at the Mullingar Business Park, Co Westmeath.
With 150 lots up for grabs, the midlands auction attracted bidders from across Ireland and overseas, with most of the attention focused on the restored tractors and the plant equipment, much of which was sold to England.
Some of the standout lots included four immaculately restored Ford tractors, all shod on new tyres. A Ford 7810 and 8210 were both eventually knocked down to the highest bidders at €33,500 each, while a 1975-built Ford 7600 fetched €25,000. The 1976 Ford 7000 went unsold at €31,000.
The auction was conducted in a hybrid manner, with bidding available in person and online through the LSL platform. The majority of the lots came from two vendors, and a 70% clearance rate was achieved on the day.
Padraig Murtagh said after the auction: “There was a great demand for the restored tractors and the plant equipment, while some of the out of season agricultural implements weren’t as sought after. A lot of the diggers were sold to English buyers, with the long lead times on new equipment driving demand. We had over 200 registered online bidders and a large crowd of bidders were also present at the auction.”