A Series 1 Land Rover will be among the sought after principal lots at a vintage collective sale due to take place next month.
The Wombwell Collection – which is being sold at Ickleton, Cambridgeshire – also includes a rare Massey Harris 21 combine and a McCormick-Deering WD40. The collection belonged to Dick Wombwell – a well-known face on the vintage tractor scene.
The 1958 109inch Series 1 Land Rover was purchased as an abandoned project by Mr Wombwell and meticulously restored over several years to his exacting standards at significant expense.
Showing just 31,000 miles and with the new oversize tyres being the only real deviation from standard specification. Running and driving and having had a starring role at two family weddings the Series 1 is offered for sale with current V5C documentation.
The collection of vintage machines, including a number of tractors, was amassed over some 40 years. Due to go live on the Cheffins website on 17 June, the auction has a viewing day on 18 June before closing on 22 June.
Mr Wombwell’s son Peter said: “My father’s collection is a testament to his knowledge of the history of farming, as he loved to seek out tractors and machinery from across the UK which were at the forefront of agricultural development.
“My father lived on Rectory Farm his entire life and his collection ebbed and flowed over the years, and at its high point included over 20 pieces of vintage kit as he continued to buy items reminiscent of farming in his youth.”
Mr Wombwell grew his collection from the late 1970s onwards. “He was never happier than with a spanner in his hand, tinkering with a new find in his workshop or driving around the show ring at vintage and country fairs.”
Cheffins director and auctioneer Oliver Godfrey said: “Private collectors are expected to be bidding in force at this sale, looking for that next piece of kit to use for the upcoming rally and ploughing match season.”
For details, visit www.cheffins.co.uk