Lot 307 - 1952 Massey Harris Junior Pony
|Result||Sold - £1,232|
The firm was founded in 1847 in Newcastle, Ontario by Daniel Massey as the Newcastle Foundry and Machine Manufactory. The company began making some of the world's first mechanical threshers, first by assembling parts from the United States and eventually designing and building their own equipment. Through extensive advertising campaigns, he made it one of the most well known brands in Canada. In 1891, Massey merged with A. Harris, Son & Co. Ltd. to become Massey-Harris Co. and became the largest agricultural equipment maker in the British Empire. The Pony was built between 1948 and 1957. It had a Continental four-cylinder engine rated at 1800rpm and was capable of 10hp on the drawbar. It was built only as a standard-tread model and was sold at the time for about $900.00 - additional options were available such as a belt pulley, PTO and a hand-lift for implements.
Whilst Massey Harris are now known for more specialised equipment such as vineyard tractors etc, this example was designed for agricultural use on small holdings and up to medium sized farms. It was acquired in France for a museum in the UK where it has since remained in full working order. Supplied with a France 'Carte Gris' registration document, it would make an interesting addition to a commercials collection as well as being welcome at many of the agricultural shows around the country; if it ever stops raining.
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