Full size replica Spitfire could make around $14,000

A full size replica Spitfire is valued at around £10,000 ($14,224) ahead of an auction at Cheffins in Sutton, UK on March 19.

The remarkable piece was hand built by former pub landlord Bill Richards and toured around the UK.

Spitfire Cheffins replica
The replica Spitfire was hand built by former pub landlord Bill Richards

It's the highlight of a collection of rare original mechanical parts from second world war aeroplanes.

His daughter Tammy comments: "The collection was very much a labour of love,"

"He's been collecting for years, I can't say how many. His dad served in the Second World War and he's always been interested and reading books about the conflict.

"He was a proper family man and it was a hobby he shared with the family. We used to travel all over the country to different shows.

"He wanted to keep English heritage alive and he used to get a lot of interest at the shows, including lots of children asking questions — dad loved that."

The lot is likely to prove a hit with collectors as it's already a well-known fixture in the British hobbyist engineering community.

Other pieces offered in the sale include a rare Avro Shackleton bomber engine that is valued at around £1,000-2,000 ($1,421-2,843).

Last year one of the last airworthy original Spitfires sold for a record £3.1m ($4.7m) at Christie's London.

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