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Donington Auctions announces A Gentleman?s Collection: 100 Classic & Vintage Tractors, to be offered at auction in Geelong, Victoria on Sunday 7 April 2019.
Acquired by a private gentleman collector over many years, the collection features over 100 restored tractors, spanning 1919 to 1980 and is valued at over $700,000.

This remarkable collection represents a lifetime of collecting and includes some of the world?s most iconic tractor marques, sourced from within Australia and overseas, alongside some exceptional barn find examples. The collection, the majority of which is fully restored and presented in a functioning condition, features collector appealing vintage farm engine powered machinery, including crawlers; stationary engines and vehicles of predominantly post-war American makes and models, together with a selection of European and Australian examples.

This rare and diverse collection has been quietly acquired and housed in a large purpose built warehouse, and has been seen by only a few people over the years. This auction presents a rare opportunity for discerning collectors and historic tractor enthusiasts alike. The gentleman collector grew up on a dairy farm in the rural township of Drysdale, on the outskirts of Geelong. He worked the family farm from the early 1940s, mainly on International Harvester's Farmall tractors, which from then on always had a special place in his heart, and his collection features an exceptional range of the same models he worked on as a boy.

He left the family business in his early twenties and travelled to the U.S. to study dairy farming and upon his return to Australia he established the country?s first cottage cheese manufacturing business in Preston, Victoria, which he later sold to pursue land development projects. One of the oldest items in the collection is an early Ronaldson Bros and Tippett Pty Ltd ?Austral? kerosene stationary engine that was used on the gentleman?s family farm in the 1920s. These engines were built in nearby Ballarat between 1908-1928. Geelong was once home to one of largest International Harvester manufacturing plants outside of the U.S. Established in 1939, the plant produced Australia?s first productionbased tractors and agricultural implements including trucks and equipment for WW2. The plant closed in 1982 and little remains of the factory that once occupied 18.6 hectares of land at North Shore overlooking Corio Bay. The collection also includes significant examples of Allis-Chalmers, Oliver, Case, John Deere, B.F.Avery, Massey-Harris & Massey-Ferguson, Minneapolis-Moline, Chamberlain, McCormick and McCormick-Deering.

Donington Director, Robbie Richards has said of the collection, ?We are excited to offer such a rare collection of classic and vintage tractors. The 87-year-old collector has decided it is time to downsize and disperse of the collection that has given him so much joy. This is a once in a lifetime collection, and we have never before seen one like it in Australia.? And, ?We are looking forward to presenting the collection to market and welcoming collectors and enthusiasts alike from all over Australia. We also expect significant interest from overseas buyers.?

Donington Auctions and Sales specialises in Single-Owner Collections, Fine Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Automobilia, Tractors, Antiques and Collectables.
The team of principal and consultant Specialists have significant experience across all collecting categories and have worked with top tier dealers and
global auction houses such as Christie?s, Bonham?s and Sotheby?s.
Donington operates in both Australia and New Zealand with its head office based in Melbourne.
For further information and images please contact Robert Richards at
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