Today’s Top Aircraft For Sale Pick: 1946 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser

This vintage personal aircraft from the immediate post-World War II era has three seats and plenty of charm.

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Several years ago, I spotted one of these classic Pipers for sale and began making a case for owning it. Unlike the tandem two-seat J-3 Cub and PA-18 Super Cub, the PA-12 has three seats—one in front and two in back. I dreamed of strapping my two sons into the back seat and taking them with me on unforgettable airborne adventures. They were 10 and 7 at the time, and didn’t weigh much, so I figured we would be fine even with full fuel.

Fast forward almost a decade, and the boys, one a college sophomore, the other a high school junior and both athletes, are more interested in other adventures and might send the airplane over its maximum takeoff weight. My wife and I fly together all the time, however. I think we would look great stepping out of this vintage gem.

This 1946 PA-12 has 3,500 hours on the airframe and 100 hours on a rebuilt Lycoming O-320 engine with a new Sensenich propeller. The updated panel features a Garmin GTN 650 and two G5s, Lynx 9000 ADS-B transponder, and an engine monitor. The airplane received new paint and interior in 2003.

Pilots looking for an attractive, old-school taildragger with the added practicality of a third and Super Cup-style horsepower should consider building time in this 1946 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, which is available for $139,995 on AircraftForSale.

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

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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