Cessna 175 Skylark - How To Know If This "In Between"
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Between 1958 & 1962 Cessna produced an in between airplane that bridged the gap between the Cessna 172 & the 182. They called this the 175 Skylark... It was not as popular as the 172 or the 182, but there were still a couple thousand produced and it is very popular amongst the enthusiasts and pilots who own these airplanes.
Not only that - some of the owners of these airplanes have held on to them for literally years... It's one of those airplanes that if you like it, you probably love it and are not going to want to get rid of it.
IMPORTANT: Due to the fact that this airplane is somewhat older now and has been around a long time, many of the used ones that are for sale on the market have been modified. So you are going to want to make sure you pay special attention to this fact as you want to get one that fits what you are looking for.
2 Important Things You Should Know About the Cessna 175
First - The Price On The Used Market
The one thing that you will find about the Cessna 175 is that you can get one for a pretty good price on the used market. There are usually only a dozen or less for sale at any given time, but the ones that come up are priced good for the most part.
You should be able to find one for around $30,000 USD or in that range depending on the condition of it.(1) There are a few that show up as "estate sales" or are from owners who don't care about the airplane. In those cases you can usually get them for less then normal as they need some work.
That said, if you are willing to put in some time and do the restoration work through a good mechanic or are able to source some parts or an engine, you could be able to get one of these jems for a great discount and potentially build some equity into it through your efforts.
Decide On This First
When a lot of pilots start looking for an older airplane, they think that they somehow are going to get a good deal on a renovation project. That is fine, you probably are going to get a good deal on a renovation project. But there is a very good reason for that... It needs work!
So make sure you decide now exactly what you want out of your purchase. If you want a renovation project and you want to get a really good deal, make sure you think this through and understand that you will have some down time & will have to outlay some cash.
The reason it is important to think this through before you buy or even get serious about the buying process is because of the fact that it is very easy to get "sucked in" to good deals that you think are going to be easy to pull off. We tend to let our emotions dictate our buying choices and when all as you can see is "a good deal" you can tend to get yourself into trouble.
Second - The Performance
They were designed to give performance that is in between the 172 & the 182 and they really do that. However, many of them have been upgraded and modified with bigger engines, STOL kits and various other modifications. Because of this, they perform even better then they did when they came out of the factory.
The key when buying one is to have patience and make sure you wait till you can find the exact one that you want. If you wait for the right one, you might be rewarded by seeing one that comes up that is fully restored and has all the modifications including a bigger engine that is not "geared" like the stock Continental GO-300C is.
The bottom line is that if you like the high wing Cessna's and you want something that will perform a bit better then the 172 and your okay with the geared engine - check out the 175 as you might like what you see.
You don't have to keep this airplane the rest of your flying days. A lot of pilots get mixed up and think that they are going to have to keep the airplane that they buy forever. And because of this, they end up buying the wrong airplane.
Remember, if you buy your 175 the right way and do things right you should be able to eventually sell it and get something bigger that will give you more of a challenge. So make sure you realize this. It might be something that you want to keep and own forever, or you might want to buy it, fly it for a few years and then upgrade it to something better.
So don't think that because you can't buy your "dream airplane" that you shouldn't buy anything at all. This is a great airplane to buy that has stood the test of time and will probably give you a lot of fun flying days ahead of you. Then when your done with it - if you have bought it right, you should be able to get a good buck for it when you sell.
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References: #1 - Sourced 02/03/2012 http://www.barnstormers.com/Cessna,%20C-175+Skylark%20Classifieds.html?page=1
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