January 2008 Issue
Legacy LSAs: Champ is a Top Value
For about $20,000, it leads the legacy LSA choices. The Luscombe 8A and Taylorcraft BC-12D are second choic-es, while the venerable J-3 Cub is nice but overpriced.
These were your grandfather’s airplanes. After World War II, Piper, Aeronca, Taylorcraft, Luscombe and ERCO (Engineering and Research Corp., maker of the Ercoupe)—cranked out thousands of easy-to-fly two-seaters to meet temporary post-war demand. Today, you can buy one of these LSA-qualified antique airplanes for around $25,000. Spend more, get more; less and look for rust, worn engines and old fabric. Many old airplanes qualify for LSA provided they’re two-seaters or smaller with a max gross weight of 1320 pounds. We’ll review five popular models: Piper’s J-3, the Aeronca 7AC, Taylorcraft BC-12D, Luscombe 8A and the Ercoupe 415C, the only tri-geared airplane in the lineup.
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