Piper’s Comanche Is a Streamlined, Mid-Century Modern ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

While the PA-24 came with a variety of engines, the 260 horsepower version tends to be the favorite.

Piper built the PA-24 to compete with Beechcraft’s Bonanza. [Courtesy: David Nelson]

Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily.

Piper introduced the PA-24 Comanche in 1958 in a bid to compete with the Beechcraft Bonanza. The move marked a turning point for the company known at the time for turning out versions of the same fabric-covered, high-wing taildraggers it had designed during the 1930s. The all-metal PA-24 certainly was a departure from the Cubs in which so many pilots learned to fly. Its streamlined, aesthetically pleasing airframe fast-forwarded Piper into modern times.

PA-24s came in a number of flavors, ranging from the initial 180 hp models to 250 and 260 hp versions like the aircraft for sale here. Some PA-24s had turbochargers. The 260s are the most desirable and practical for most buyers, though Piper briefly built a 400 hp model with a 720-cubic-inch, 8-cylinder Lycoming engine that has become a legend.

This PA-24 has 6,678 hours on the airframe and 732 hours on the engine. It received new paint in 1998 and a refurbished interior in 2007. The panel includes a King KX-155 nav/comm with glideslope, Narco 120 comm radio, Garmin GTX 335 transponder, fuel flow and totalizer, and 6-cylinder EGT.

Pilots looking for a fast, attractive four-seater with good range and a generous dose of mid-century modern charm should consider this 1966 Piper PA-24-260 Comanche, which is available for $125,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email info@flyingfinance.com

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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