1947 Ferguson TE20 P3 Diesel


  • Restored example of classic Ferguson TE20
  • Perkins P3 engine conversion
  • Lovely overall condition
  • Proof of dating from Ferguson Society


The Ferguson TE – or Little Grey Fergie – is the Mini or 2CV of the tractor world: one of the absolute icons. 

Designed by Harry Ferguson and manufactured by the Standard Motor Company, the TE20 (to give it its official name, which stood for Tractor/England/20hp) was introduced in 1946 and was manufactured for a decade, proving critical in regenerating British farming in the immediate post-war period. 

Originally fitted with a Standard T20 petrol engine, diesel specialists Perkins of Peterborough developed a three-cylinder engine specifically for agricultural purposes. The Perkins P3 was a 2.5-litre three-cylinder unit that developed substantial torque, making it ideal for not just powering tractors, but also power-take-off farming equipment. 

The engine was sold in a Ferguson conversion kit, so that farmers could transplant their engines quickly and easily to give more versatility and lower fuel consumption, so it’s not surprising that it was a very popular option – nor that Perkins was able to convince Ferguson to install the engine itself in its later generation tractors, a relationship that lasted for two decades. 

This example is a TE20 with the Perkins P3 conversion, bought by the vendor’s late husband a few years ago and restored by him as a hobby project. Sadly, he passed away soon after completing it and his wife has kept it for the past three years, but an imminent house move means she now needs to find it a new home. 

It’s a lovely old thing, well-restored and in charming condition.


  • Restored by vendor and completed in 2020
  • Purchased as an unregistered vehicle
  • Will be Tax and MOT exempt
  • Correspondence between vendor and Friends of Ferguson Heritage confirming the tractor’s build data and that it was manufactured by the Standard Motor Company in December 1947
  • The letter can be used to apply for a V5C with DVLA
  • Perkins engine conversion installation guide included
  • Copy of for sale ad from previous vendor 


  • Excellent overall condition
  • Restored by previous owner
  • Excellent Ferguson Grey paint finish all over, with one small area of damage to the corner of the bonnet
  • Superb attention to detail – all correct badges and controls
  • Wheels in great condition with good tyres
  • Period Perkins Diesel and AA badges


  • 2.5-litre Perkins P3 diesel triple
  • Starts and runs very well
  • Power take-off
  • Suspension and steering components all renewed or refurbished
  • Sold as in good working order with no known faults but potential bidders should bear in mind that the tractor hasn’t been used much other than occasional runs around the garden in recent times, so it would be advisable to check it over thoroughly before use 


Here is an opportunity to get your hands on a hugely charming and well-restored example of one of the UK’s most iconic and celebrated vehicles. The Ferguson TE20 is a wonderful and instantly recognisable piece of design which found fame all over the world, with additional manufacturing in the USA and Australia. It’s an all-time classic.

If you want something extremely cool and ready to register and use on classic tractor runs and the like, then this one is a superb example. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1947
  • Make Ferguson
  • Model TE20
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer
  • Engine size 2500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Great Yarmouth
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
13 bids from 10 bidders
  • Lo•••• £4,888 19/09/23
  • be•••• £3,800 19/09/23
  • Kr•••• £3,500 19/09/23
  • Kr•••• £3,100 19/09/23
  • so•••• £3,000 18/09/23
  • Kr•••• £2,600 18/09/23
  • mi•••• £2,500 17/09/23
  • cl•••• £2,100 17/09/23
  • Pa•••• £2,000 17/09/23
  • li•••• £1,725 17/09/23

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