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The Gardner 4LK engine resulted in extremely good fuel consumption (over 20mpg) but limited their speed capability.
It was often said that they could climb any gradient, but might take all day to do it!
but in May 1958 they were renumbered SSG 601 – 616.
These vehicles were a familiar sight in most of the Company’s Welsh areas, with their small size making them ideal for running along single-track roads.
The diminutive piece of machinery was a great success, with 125,000 units sold between 19, when the maker built its last tractor.
Frank Lawler, whose father, Peter, was an IRA officer at the time, has since told me that Boushells was singled out because the owner, Ben Boushell, had cleared all the shoes out of his front window except for a black shoe and a tan shoe which he left on display to annoy the Black and Tans, who must have taking the insult as intended and burnt down the shop.
On Thursday, 22 August 2007, Naas Local History Group in conjunction with Lord Edward's Own Re-enactment Group from Monasterevin staged a re-enactment of the burning of Boushell's.
But this model is from a rare dip into the agricultural market by the sports car maker 60 years ago.
The rare tractor now coming up for auction is a Junior L108 dating to 1961, which has a tiny 14hp engine that edges it to a paltry 15mph - and has a guide price of £45,000.