This 1975 Piper Cherokee Six Is a Winged SUV and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

An enlarged version of the original PA-28, the Six will be familiar to pilots who trained in Pipers.

Piper’s fixed-gear PA-32-300 boasts utility that few other piston singles can match. [Courtesy: AirMart Aircraft Sales and Brokerage]

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Many pilots I know regard the Piper Cherokee Six as one of those airplanes that was pretty much right from the beginning. Introduced in 1965, the big six-seater changed little over its decadeslong production run, which ended in 1990 but restarted in the early 2000s. The aircraft’s straightforward design, with fixed gear, big cabin, and lots of power, appealed to owners more interested in carrying big loads than in setting speed records. Still, with 300 hp (a 260 hp version was also available), the Six is no slouch.

If we had to pick one word to describe the PA-32-300’s appeal, we might choose “wide.” The cabin is famous for measuring 4 feet wide and 4 feet high, so passengers do not have to rub shoulders. There is also a lot of space for cargo, especially if you remove the rear seats, which does not require tools.

This 1975 PA-32-300 has 3,774 hours on the airframe and 1,799 hours on its 300 hp Lycoming IO-540-K1A5 engine since the last major overhaul. The engine has 542 hours since its last top overhaul. The aircraft’s Hartzell propeller has 367 hours since overhaul.

The panel includes a Narco Nav/Com, Garmin GN 250 Nav/Com, GMA 340 audio panel and 6-place intercom, Narco AT150 transponder, uAvionix ADS-B SkyBeacon, 6-point EGT and CHT, Davtron M655 digital display, and Piper AutoControl IIIB autopilot. Additional equipment includes aileron and flap gap fairings, Knots 2U wheel pants, SureFly electronic ignition, dual toe brakes, and dual push-to-talk switches.

Pilots looking for a straightforward, utilitarian, fixed-gear airplane with room for six and a useful load many retractables cannot match should consider this 1975 Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, which is available for $149,900 on AircraftForSale.

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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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