Today’s Top Aircraft For Sale Pick: 1963 Cessna 172C Skyhawk

A popular trainer, this forgiving four-seater can handle family transport missions.

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Cessna’s long-running 172 model line introduced new features and capabilities when it was new and continued to develop for decades, regularly upgrading its airframe, interior, controls, engines, and avionics. It became the go-to training aircraft for many flight schools and remains a staple of airport ramps across the United States and around the world.

This 1963 model has many of the qualities pilots seek when shopping for an airplane. The forgiving flight characteristics, predictable handling, and comfortable cabin that make it a popular trainer also add to its value as personal transportation. Unlike many two-seat trainers designed around the instructor and student, this aircraft gives its owner the flexibility to carry more people and baggage.

This Skyhawk has 2,550 hours on the airframe and 97 hours on its Continental O-300C 6-cylinder engine. Panel upgrades include a Garmin 430 GPS navigation system. The exterior received new paint in 1985 and the interior was refurbished in 1990.

If you are in the market for a gentle-flying, capable family aircraft that looks sharp and has vintage appeal, consider this 1963 Cessna Skyhawk, which is available for $105,000 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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