This 1970 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser Is a Period-Perfect ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Piper’s answer to Cessna’s 172 is stable and forgiving, making it a solid personal aircraft.

1970 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser [Courtesy: Scott MacDonald]

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Cessna is famous for making a splash in general aviation in the mid-1950s when the company rolled out its 172, a stable, high-wing, all-metal four-seater with tricycle landing gear that eased handling on the ground. It took Piper a few years to come up with a competitive reply named the PA-28 Cherokee, but the low-wing design, while economical and easy to fly, like the Cessna, was a sleek, racier-looking airplane that many customers preferred.

PA-28s evolved to use larger engines with as much as 235 hp, which gave the airplane a lot more speed and load-carrying capacity. Piper even developed a retractable version called the Arrow, which became popular with flight schools as a complex trainer. Although the standard Cherokee 140 is an entry-level model with a relatively modest 150 hp, the aircraft for sale here has been modified using an STC that boosts the engine to 160 hp—a small but noticeable increase that significantly boosts the airplane’s performance. This particular Cherokee Cruiser also has a paint scheme, interior, and panel that characterize the styling and technology of the 1970s.         

This Cherokee 140 has 7,034 hours on the airframe and 1,520 hours on its Lycoming O-320 E2A engine, which has been upgraded with an STC modification that increases the engine’s output to 160 hp from 150 hp, a significant difference in thrust that one can feel when flying the PA-28-140.

The panel features a King KMA 24 audio panel, dual King KX170B Nav/Coms, one with glideslope, Garmin 496 panel-mounted GPS, Garmin GTX 335 transponder, and Davtron digital clock.

Pilots who want a straightforward, economical, and fairly simple aircraft for training, time building, or travel should consider this 1970 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser, which is available for $65,000 on AircraftForSale.

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

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