Today’s Top Aircraft For Sale Pick: 1973 Bellanca Citabria 7KCAB

Unlike many vintage taildraggers, this Citabria is designed to handle aerobatics.

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.

Today’s Top Pick is a 1973 Bellanca Citabria 7KCAB.

Citabrias are popular among the range of two-seat taildraggers that includes Piper Cubs, Luscombes, Cessna 120s, and Taylorcrafts. Taildraggers have gained a bigger audience of late because of growing interest in backcountry and bush flying among adventurous pilots, and the Citabria is known as a forgiving trainer.

This 7KCAB model is one of the higher-powered, “hot rod” versions of the Citabria with a 150 hp 4-cylinder Lycoming engine set up for basic aerobatics. There is a special place in my heart for the 7KCAB because I began my flight instruction in one after a friend urged me to learn in a taildragger. With the same horsepower as a Cessna 172 of the same era, the Citabria is hundreds of pounds lighter and feels especially peppy. The basic Citabria is called the 7ECA and has a more modest 100 or 115 hp engine.

This Citabria has 1,662 hours on the airframe and engine, and 79 hours on the fixed-pinch Sensenich propeller. The aircraft received new wings with metal spars in 2013 and carries 36 gallons of usable fuel. Useful load is 483 pounds. The panel includes a King KLN 89 GPS, Garmin SL 40 digital com radio, Garmin GTX 327 transponder, uAvionix ADS-B out wingtip beacon, and a G-meter.

If you are looking for a traditional tailwheel airplane with extra speed and the bonus of aerobatic capabilities, you should take a look at this 1973 Bellanca Citabria 7KCAB, which is available for $89,500 on AircraftForSale.

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


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