A recent change in lifestyle has just convinced me to put my ‘Coupe on the market. The airplane is a 1946 415-C Ercoupe, is Light Sport eligible and has the 1320# Gross Weight STC installed. The Weight & Balance Sheet lists current weight at 886.1 lbs, leaving a useful load of 433.9 lbs. There are several photos here at www.TakeoffsAreOptional.com. (Note: this was originally posted in April, 2013 but updated on 07/30/13. I didn’t “officially” put it on the market until it had a new annual. The July Annual was completed with the two latest ADs performed and the landing gear rebuilt – including new tires and “donuts” at a total cost of $3186)
Price: $xx,xxx. SOLD
Note: The photos include exterior, interior, engine, panel, prop (overhauled in 2009) and the “Bruce” Covers (cockpit/cowling is in OK shape, wing covers are brand new/unused).
415-C, Serial number 2992, first flight on August 16, 1946 (log books are complete back to the initial test flight). Total time airframe: 2865. Engine time SMOH: 860. Compressions of 74, 72, 78 76 at last annual.
The engine is a 75 HP Continental (C-75-12). Some folks search for a ‘Coupe with an 85. I won’t go into all the differences but will suggest you do some research about what those differences may be. From my basic understanding, the 85 uses the same block as the 75, has a larger carburetor jet and is “allowed” to turn faster. It must use a shorter, slightly less efficient propeller. End result should be a slightly better climb, slightly better cruise and a slightly higher fuel burn. (Fred Weick, designer of the original Ercoupe was said to have been a “propeller genius.” He later went on to work for William Piper and helped design the original Piper Cherokee.)
Wings were recovered in May of 2011 (by a true old-time professional) and have never been outdoors other than while flying and since I moved it to Harford County, MD (0W3) for Annual. Both aileron control horns were replaced with new ones from Univair while the wings were off for recovering. (One horn was cracked – there is a known problem with these going bad so I had them both replaced.) May annual, which this year took until July to finish (waiting on parts for the latest AD). Upgrades include 1320# STC, Tanis heater (which is wonderful for winter flying in the mid-Atlantic)
Asking price = $ SOLD
Contact Bill [at] Orioles [dot] org or via “comment” on this posting.