TimTaylor wrote:There are many beautiful, highly desirable 50+ year old airplanes flying today. I'm just sorry I could not buy my friends 1968 M20C that was fully decked out and had new leather interior and new paint.
I do know you love them Tim. This one is a 1967 M20E and is a complete restoration, and I mean complete. He bought it very, very cheap and the engine had 400 hours SMOH with a new prop. He said he basically got it for the price of the engine. Somewhere in the high $20K range if I remember correctly. They actually flew it here from South Carolina and when it arrived you'd take one look at it and swear it was not airworthy. They are adding Garmin G5 instruments, a very cool JPI engine monitoring display, new avionics, new leather interior, autopilot, basically new everything. Also every speed mod that you can add to a Mooney. Some crazy new sloped windscreen and of course new paint when they are finished. I helped design the new instrument panel in CAD to get it waterjet from aluminum for all the new instruments. They just installed all new windows and ran it for the first time since they got it back together about 2 weeks ago. So far so good. I'm not into old planes but it's been great to see the progress on this plane over the last year. I'm sure you'd love it.