December 2013 Issue

Used Twin Market: Is It Time to Buy?

Even assuming twins are three times the cost to operate as a comparable single, prices of the most capable are so low that a purchase makes sense.

The smart money says that buying a used piston twin is crazy when avgas costs seven bucks, an engine overhaul runs north of $30,000 and often a twin isn’t that much faster than a comparable single. After looking at the stunning collapse of piston twin prices in this century, we’re tempted to simply say the smart money is right and let things go. The problem is, it’s just not that simple.

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