Well, maybe it was mystical but it sure wasn't practical. A local corporate pilot I knew lost his medical, so I sold the Cub (painfully) and the Ercoupe (Mary wasn't flying) and mortgaged my house and almost my soul to buy his Cessna 180. This guy had pretty much "self-maintained" the airplane or finagled half-baked maintenance signed off by, well, you know how that works. The paint and interior were dreadful, but N7772B had a clear title and all applicable ADs, and the logbooks and records were amazingly complete. Since leaving the Cessna factory in 1956, it had been hangared, always lived far from salt water and had never been on skis or floats, important stuff when you buy an "elderly" airplane.