N7261P – Piper PA-24-180

1961 Piper PA-24-180

Newly Overhauled Engine, New Prop
New Paint and Interior
Economical Cross Country or Complex Time Builder!

Our friends at Skydive Arizona acquired this very low time Comanche from a local at their home airport, Eloy Municipal (E60). N7261P had sat in its hangar for many years, untouched.  So, it became a team restoration project! Their highly experienced shop went through this Comanche from front to back, overhauling the engine, installing a brand new Hartzell propeller, replacing engine accessories, and updating the look with new paint and a gorgeous new interior.

It is unfortunate that the long time previous owners, who had let N7261P sit dormant for decades, were unable to locate the aircraft's logbooks. However, Skydive Arizona acquired a certified document of FAA records on the aircraft, and also an affidavit certifying airframe total time. All of these documents, along with current logbooks, are available digitally upon request for your review.

This beautiful Comanche 180 presents an economical way to build complex hours and do a lot of cross-country travel on only 10 gallons per hour!

Please review the dozens of detailed images below. You'll see that this Comanche offers great value to a pilot looking for a complex aircraft on a budget.

Performance Specifications

Horsepower: 180 HP Stall Speed: 52 KIAS
Best Cruise Speed: 139 KIAS Rate of Climb: 910 FPM
Takeoff Distance: 1,370 FT Landing Distance: 460 FT
Fuel Burn @ 75%: 10.0 GPH Ceiling: 21,000 FT
Fuel - Main Tanks (useable): 60 Gal Best Range: ~800 NM 
Aux Fuel (Tip Tanks): 30 Gal

Important Numbers

Factory Serial Number: 24-2437
Flight Rules: VFR
Airframe Total Time: 1863 hrs
Engine Time Since Overhaul (June 2021): 10 hrs
Engine TBO (Lycoming O-360-A1D): 2000 hrs
Prop Hrs Since New (June 2022): 10 hrs
Magneto Hrs Since Overhaul: 10 hrs
Gross Weight: 2500 lbs
Empty Weight: 1606 lbs
Useful Load: 894 lbs
Annual Inspection Due: Sep 2023
Transponder Check 91.413 Due: Sep 2024


  • Aircraft based and hangared at Eloy Municipal Airport (E60), 70 mi south of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Lycoming O-360-A1D overhauled June 2021
  • New Hartzell prop installed June 2022
  • New paint and new interior
  • Missing logs since new; new logbooks started as aircraft underwent restoration
  • No hail damage
  • No known corrosion
  • All ADs complied with

Avionics and Equipment

  • Apollo GX60 GPS
  • Garmin SL40 COMM
  • Garmin SL70 COMM
  • Bendix King KMA-24H Audio Panel
  • Aerospace Logic Digital Fuel Indicator (new)
  • CIES Fuel Quantity Sending Units (new)
  • New windshield and all new windows
  • Skytec Starter (new)
  • uAvionics SkyBeacon - ADS-B OUT (new)
  • Artex 345 - 406 MHz ELT (new)
  • Brittain Mark 3 Wing Tip Tanks
  • New oil cooler
  • Pitot Heat
  • Whelen Landing Lights
  • Shoulder Harnesses (front and rear)
  • New Condor tires (Sept 2022)
  • New brakes (Sept 2022)
  • New landing gear bungee cords
  • New tach instrument (hours set to AFTT)
  • Aeronautical Design Replacement Comanche Stabilator Horn - eliminates recurring AD (new)
  • Aviation Performance Products Stainless Steel Dual Exhaust (new)
  • Hartzell Top Prop (new)
  • Hartzell Plane-Power ALT-FLX Alternator (new)
  • Bogart Low Loss Copper Cables (new)
  • Brackett Air Filter (new)

Exterior - 8/10 Always hangared, and with new paint, overall the exterior is in nice condition. Paint has excellent shine and depth. There are a couple of instances of chipped paint, but that's if you get up close and look carefully. There is one minor hangar rash issue on the horizontal stabilizer, see detailed pictures below. Tires are new and in excellent condition. The Plexiglas windshield and windows are new and brilliant. When you walk up to this airplane, it looks good!

Panel - 6.5/10 This VFR panel is very clean, but sparse and not updated. Steam gauges are well organized and functional. There is no autopilot, however it does have a recently installed digital fuel indicator. With little modification, the panel could easily be modernized with electronics such as GI-275s or G5s.

Interior - 9/10 The interior is new. Carpet looks very nice and shows no wear (but could use some minor cleaning after it got a little dirty during mechanical work). Upholstery is beautiful, front and rear. Headliner is clean and nearly perfect. The interior smells fresh and looks great.

Overall - This Comanche 180 presents itself well. It is not perfect, but for someone who appreciates fresh P&I, and wants the dependability and longevity of a newly overhauled engine and new prop on an airframe that's barely broken in, this is a fantastic aircraft.


Logbooks available digitally upon request.

This aircraft has been SOLD!

Detailed Images
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Specifications and aircraft condition subject to verification and are not guaranteed.
Aircraft is subject to prior sale or removal.