Fred’s 1912 Aveling & Porter LTD Class KND Convertible Traction Engine was put up for sale on Saturday 24th under the instructions of the beneficiaries and executors of Fred’s estate. The engine which Fred restored using parts made in his own work shop, was featured in Fred’s last TV series: Made in Britain.
The estimated price was in the region of £120,000 – £140,000, but in the end it sold for twice that.
After securing the item for the North West, Mr Oliver said: “Fred Dibnah is a cult figure and national institution. It is vital that his engineering genius and his priceless contribution to our cultural heritage continues to be celebrated for years to come.
“We are already planning outings at steam shows, so the thousands of steam enthusiasts and Fred Dibnah fans – and their children – can continue to enjoy this iconic machine.”
In another quote, Mr Oliver said:
“I’m going to use it to go to the pub. There’s no point in owning something if you don’t use it.”
Michael Oliver has also offerred to Fred’s son Jack to have the opportunity to drive the engine and it is intended that the engine appears at Steam Shows across the UK.
Pictures from the auction
(many thanks to Philippa for sending some of the above pics along)
See more picture of the Traction Engine section of our Picture Gallery.