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1942 Gipsy III engine

Gipsy III Engine

Price:   £enquire

I am very pleased to be able to offer this de Havilland Gipsy III engine, manufactured in November 1942 and kept perfectly in the hands of one passionate owner for 75 years. This is an ex-RAF war time engine that is in excellent and 100% original condition.


A development of the Gipsy engine designed by Frank Halford in 1927, the Gipsy III was the first of its type to run inverted. The engine was starting to interfere with the pilot's vision and, if it was set any lower, the propellor might hit the ground on rough landings (in the photos it is, therefore, shown upside down). Over 30 manufacturers used these engines in period, they were flexible and very reliable with 145hp available for take-off from 6.1 litres and relatively low weight. They also broke records for time between major overhauls.


This engine rotates freely and is 100% complete with all of the accessories, piping, linkages, electric start, correct magnetos (with impulse in the starboard magneto), prop hubs, prop, and the auxiliary oil tank and proper fittings. Perhaps the most original example extant.


Note to potential buyers from the vendor, a good friend of mine so I know he means it:


"If there is serious interest, the seller is prepared to work with a qualified buyer regarding all details for a successful sale that will certainly please the buyer. In other words, if you truly want will be yours"

Please call or email if you have any questions or require more information about this piece of history.

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