Lot 104 - 1965 David Brown 770 Selectamatic
|Result||Sold - £7,245|
- Restored in 2013
- 35 horsepower engine and 12-speed gearbox
Probably better known for his ownership of Aston Martin from 1947 to 1972, David Brown become M.D. of the family business, David Brown Gear Company Ltd in 1931. He turned to tractor manufacturing in 1936 in collaboration with Harry Ferguson, manufacturing the Ferguson-Brown tractor in West Yorkshire. The company broke new ground which others were only to follow later, but being a pioneering company ultimately led to its downfall. The Ferguson-Brown had many innovative features, including the use of cast alloy for many components which was light but prone to damage. David Brown Ltd became one of the largest manufacturers of tractors, however the owner’s continued subsidisation of Aston Martin was unsustainable, and the sports car maker was sold in 1972. The tractor division was purchased by Tenneco International and re-badged the product as ‘Case’.
Manufactured in 1965, this 770 Selectamatic tractor is thought to have spent its early life working on farms in the North of England. It was restored to a good standard throughout 2013 and 2014 by its then owner who had owned this David Brown for circa 28 years at that stage. It was then sold to the current vendor in 2015 who has used it sparingly throughout his ownership. Being a tractor enthusiast and owning several David Browns he has always ensured this 770 has continued to be well cared for; it has a new battery and started on the button during our visit. The tractor’s hydraulics and power take off are in good working order, meaning that the tractor can be used as intended. Now registered with the DVLA and bearing the index number FNA 850C, this three-cylinder 35 horsepower tractor has a 12-speed gearbox. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this example is ready to be used and is one not to be missed.
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