Bonhams’ December 3 sale at Brooklands will bring a powerful symbol of the Battle of Britain back to its spiritual home.
An original Hurricane is estimated at
£1.4m-1.7m in the auction of collectors' motor cars and
memorabilia, being held at the Surrey site where the aircraft were
first assembled and flown in prototype in 1935, with more than 3000
- a fifth of the total - eventually built there.
It was the RAF's first monoplane fighter and
Hurricanes shot down more enemy planes than the probably
The one being sold, Hurricane Mk Xlla 5711
(G-HUR), was constructed after the Battle of Britain, in 1942, and
joined the Royal Canadian Air Force the following year, remaining
in Canada for the rest of the war.
Although its service history is scanty, it
is thought to have protected convoys on the east coast shoreline or
been used as a training aircraft. It was bought by the Historic
Aircraft Collection from a Canadian syndicate in 2002, has been
housed at IWM Duxford, and is one of only a handful of these
aircraft still flying.
The Hurricane now flies in the colours worn by a Hurricane IIB
flown with 126 Squadron during the siege of Malta.