View Full Version : How much does it cost to restore a Hurricane?

31st Aug 2008, 10:44
I know that the cost will depend on the state of the airframe at the start of the job, but I was just browsing through "Today's Pilot" and saw that Sea Hurricane XIIIA, BW853 is to be auctioned of at Goodwood. The guide price is said to be between 35k- 60k.

So, I was just dreaming on a wet Sunday morning, and thought that doesn't sound too bad, but assuming that it is a 'basket case' (the article says that it needs a 'full rebuild'), what would the cost be to get her to flying condition?

The article also stated that when airworthy she might be worth 1.75m.

So, what do you reckon folks? 1m - 1.25m?

BTW - just found this link. It has a couple of pics of the aeroplane, which doesn't have much left of it. So, indeed, a basket case!

Chris Royle
31st Aug 2008, 17:27
Ask Peter Vacher!
I suspect you may need IRO 2 - 2.5m and about 5 - 7 years hard work.
Good luck to whoever takes this on.

31st Aug 2008, 18:44
Isn't this one of the questions that comes into the category of "If you have to ask, you can't afford it" ?


31st Aug 2008, 20:47
PV did the most, if not all of the engine himself, and I'm pretty certain he spent north of 1m. He was a bit sad that he had to de-activate the 8 x .303 before the CAA would give him the Permit :}

23rd Sep 2008, 21:53
He stripped most of the engine, but Maurice Hammond actually did the overhaul.

23rd Sep 2008, 22:21
PV did a wonderful job with the Hurri, as he did with the RR he brought back from India. I did ask the question "what are ya going to find next?" he said "Polly's next sponsor" Lovely couple, great and generous people:ok:

24th Sep 2008, 06:14
To put this in perspective I spent 5 years restoring a Chipmunk and, in the end, it cost me 750,000. Mind you, 725,000 of that was the divorce settlement.


24th Sep 2008, 15:40
I read somewhere on another forum that the Hurricane went for around $8000.00?!