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A fully restored and fully functioning Massey Ferguson MF165 in wonderful condition.
Founded in 1847 in Ontario, Canada by Daniel Massey, it was not until 1953 that the then named Massey-Harris merged with The Ferguson Company, founded by Harry Ferguson to become Massey-Harris Ferguson. The name was simplified in 1958 to Massey Ferguson to which it remains known today. Widely regarded to have revolutionised agriculture in the western world in the 20th century, it was the collaboration with and subsequent buy-out of Frank Perkins Ltd that later produced the Massey Ferguson 100 Series. The Massey Ferguson 165 (MF165) is a row-crop tractor that was built in Massey Ferguson’s Detroit, Michigan plant in the USA from 1964 and was discontinued in 1975. It was the most popular tractor in the market during its time.
4×2 two-wheel-drive chassis, open operator station, 70-litre fuel capacity, 30.3 litre hydraulic system capacity, 17 litres per minute pump flow, 3-point linkage with chain stabilisers, foot and hand throttle, non-slip tread plates, quick-detach radiator grille, full lighting set, 6-speed high and low range transmission, high and low range MPH reader, hours counter, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge, ammeter, horn, headlamps, tip seat with seat padding, lunchbox holder X2, electric start, pull stop switch.
This wonderful 1971 Model MF165 is finished in the factory colour of Massey Ferguson Red to the body panels and Massey Ferguson Grey to the engine, chassis and ancillaries. A full restoration was undertaken ten years ago with the Tractor dry stored since helping to keep the superb aesthetics! The red paintwork is bright and uniform as is the grey and all body panels are fully intact with no notable damage. All lights are fully functional and the Massey Ferguson decals and front grille emblem look superb. The round 165 front fender badges are slightly pitted to the chromed edges. A delightful example of this much revered and iconic vintage Tractor.
OPERATOR STATION & FUNCTIONALITY
Simplistic and functional, the open operator station is super clean and features a padded tip seat and three spoke steering wheel. Exposed mechanical components and floor sections are bright and clean. All gauges and controls operate perfectly including the high and low range MPH readings and hand throttle. The hydraulic system and MF quadrant are all fully operational and the tractor jumps into life at the first twist of the key! The factory Massey-Ferguson of Coventry, England patent plate is still mounted on the control panel. A clean, unspoilt operator station with daily farm duties a distant memory and now replaced with parade and show duties!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Needing little introduction is the world-famous Perkins diesel engine from Frank Perkins Ltd of Peterborough, just a stone’s throw away from KGF Classic Cars headquarters. The 3474cc direct injection diesel four-cylinder A4. 212 unit fitted to this model produces 62hp at 2200rpm and 229lb ft of torque at 1350rpm. The easily accessible engine is clean and displays factory castings and Perkins Engines plate with engine code A4. 212. Close attention to detail sees the upright exhaust painted in correct white. The 6 forward and 2 reverse gears in high/low range operate perfectly. An instantly recognisable drum from the Perkins unit sounds characteristically bulletproof and is simply delightful.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The cast steel wheels are painted to match the Massey Ferguson Grey and feature brand new wheel studs. The 7.50-16 front and 14.9-28 rear tyres have plenty of life left and are premium brand Goodyear all round. The outboard drum brakes operate to the large rear wheels only and via a dual brake pedal which can operate independently or locked together.
A 1971 built example, this delightful Massey Ferguson MF165 was fully restored around 10 years ago both mechanically and cosmetically. Close attention to detail is evident and this tractor has remained in excellent condition and in prime working order. The previous owner kept this MF165 in his eclectic collection of vintage tractors and classic cars which included a Massey Ferguson 20B and even a BMW 645Ci previously owned by Richard Wilson OBE, otherwise known as Victor Meldrew!
The tractor is UK registered, road legal and eligible for tax and MOT exemption. The hours counter reads 12 to indicate the usage since restoration. This tractor can even be driven on a standard driving licence! Guaranteed to delight the nostalgic agricultural worker, or simply the classic car enthusiast appreciative of all things drivable! Such is the condition of this tractor it was used by Blur’s Alex James at a pop-up farm in Canary Wharf, London, to launch Farm Heroes Saga – a new game from the makers of Candy Crush Saga!
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