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Classic tractor collection goes under the hammer

James (Jim) Todd has a thing for classic tractors. He started collecting Oliver and Cockshutt models from the 1960s about 15 years ago as a retirement investment. He is hoping the investment will pay out during an auction, set to take place on October 29 on his family farm in Godmanchester.

“If you are going to collect something, you collect what no one else has,” says Todd of the 20 tractors he has amassed over the years. “These were not popular in this part of the country. They were good, but something different,” he explains of his focus on the Oliver and Cockshutt models. He says he picked them up here and there across Canada and in the United States. The oldest is from 1961; they are classified as classic tractors and not antiques.


James (Jim) Todd will be auctioning off his collection of classic tractors on October 29 in
Godmanchester. PHOTO Sarah Rennie


Todd says that most are still functioning without having been restored. “I know the value of an original,” he says, suggesting his collection is likely one of the largest of its kind. And while locating and buying the tractors became somewhat of a passion project for Todd over the years, he says he is not sad to see them go. “I’ll keep a couple to play with,” he laughs, noting one of the first ones he bought was claimed by his grandson when he was only two years old.

Todd says he has already had some interested buyers visit the farm. The tractors, which were featured in an elaborate Christmas display in 2020 to keep spirits up during the pandemic, are now sitting outside the barn on his lawn. Interested buyers can see the tractors in person during an open visit on October 23. Photos and a catalogue can be viewed on auctioneer Daniel Paul-Hus’s website at

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