I photo'd the venerable Mooney M 20C Mk 21 ZK-DBN (c/n 20C-3041) at Ardmore recently, having some maintenance done at Aero Technology. A rather unprepossessing looking aircraft but it has a long and interesting history:
Thursday, 3 September 2020
Mooney M 20C ZK-DBN History
However it goes back further to when it was registered as ZK-DBN on 22/6/70 to C L North and D K Lilico of Auckland. They bought the Mooney as a wreck and rebuilt it over the next 4 years using the damaged remains of ZK-CLY and parts from the Tauranga Aero Club's Mooney M20C Mk 21 ZK-CHY that had crashed into the sea on take off on 8/1/67.
ZK-CLY (also c/n 20C-3041) arrived in Hamilton in 1965 as N5685Q and was assembled by Aero Engine Services Ltd. It was registered to the Rotorua Aero Club on 26/5/65 and it is photo'd above and below at Wellington on 6/8/66
Thanks to Blue Bus for the info and photos.