N9230M Mooney M20E

1966 Mooney M20E

200 hp, fuel-injected Mooney fun!

$62,500 USD

A lot of performance for the buck.

The Mooney M20E has earned its place in General Aviation as having huge "bang for the buck" value. You simply cannot find the speed and performance offered by this sports-car-like, certified aircraft anywhere else for the relatively low price tag.

This 1966 Mooney M20E, with its larger 200hp fuel-injected Lycoming, is flown regularly and is ready for its new home. The current owner, a true Mooney aficionado, has upgraded to a Mooney Ovation and reluctantly is giving up his faithful M20E. While the aircraft has cosmetic imperfections, it has "good bones", no damage history and clean airframe logs. For the pilot who is not overly concerned about aesthetics, this one is a great find.

Please carefully review the detailed, high resolution image gallery and lengthy walkaround video below, and you'll see every inch of the aircraft. If you reach out to me, I can digitally share all logbooks and important documents.

Performance Specifications

Power (Lycoming IO-360-A3B6): 200 HP Recommended Engine TBO: 2,000 HRS
Prop (Hartzell Scimitar HC-C2YR): 2-Bladed Fuel Capacity: 52 GAL
Wingspan: 35 FT Height: 8 FT 4 IN
Takeoff Distance (ground roll): 760 FT Landing Distance: 595 FT 
Best Cruise: 153 KIAS Best Range:
601 NM
Vne (Never Exceed): 164 KTS Vso (Stall, Dirty): 50 KTS 

Specs are gathered from a variety of sources and are subject to confirmation.

Important Numbers

Born On: 6/8/1966
Factory Serial Number: 1187
Flight Rules: VFR (IFR-capable)
Airframe Total Time* (AFTT): 5450 hrs
Engine Total Time* (Early engine hard logs missing): 1150 hrs
Engine TBO: 2000 hrs
Prop Hours* (Hartzell, aluminum 2-blade - Aug 2019):  490 hrs
Gross Weight:  2575 lbs
Empty Weight:  1730 lbs
Useful Load:  845 lbs
Next Annual Inspection Due: Aug 2024
Transponder Cert 91.413 Due: Mar 2026

*Hours are approximate, however aircraft is flown regularly


  • Aircraft currently based at P52 Cottonwood Municipal Airport (62 nm N of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport)
  • Based in dry Arizona for over two decades
  • Lycoming Factory Rebuilt IO-360-A3B6 (May 2001)
  • Last compression check (May 2024): 79/79/78/79
  • Hartzell Scimitar prop - eliminates eddy current inspections
  • Fuel tanks resealed by Mooney Authorized Svc Center (Dec 2000)
  • IFR-capable, but not currently certified for IFR operations (91.411) - last certified in July 2020
  • No damage history, hail or corrosion
  • Cosmetic imperfections, but has good bones
  • Engine logbook #1 - physical logbook is missing, but owner has digital images (PDF) of that logbook (available for viewing upon request)
  • Aug 2019 - Engine was replaced due to prop striking an orange cone while taxiing. Immediate IRAN at 663.3 hrs due to replacement engine being damaged during shipping (this is good that the engine was recently torn down, inspected, and repaired as needed).
  • Complete airframe logs from day one, and partial engine log, professionally digitized and available for viewing upon request

Avionics and Equipment

  • Garmin GNS430 GPS COM
  • King KX-155 NAV COM
  • King KI-209 Nav Indicator (VOR/LOC/Glideslope)
  • King KI-201C Nav Indicator (VOR/LOC)
  • King KN-62 DME
  • Garmin GMA340 Audio Panel
  • Collins TDR-950 Transponder
  • uAvionix Tailbeacon ADS-B OUT
  • Brittain Autopilot (1-axis)
  • PAI-700 Vertical Card Compass
  • ACK E-04 406 ELT
  • Power Flow Exhaust
  • Lasar Cowl Enclosure Fairing (Jan 2018)
  • Hartzell 2-blade Prop HC-C2YR-1BFP (Aug 2019)
  • One-piece windshield
  • Flap, aileron and wheel well gap seals (June 1979)

Buyer to verify all avionics and equipment specifications.

Aircraft Evaluation

Unlike most other brokers, I make a significant effort to represent an aircraft in as much detail as possible, identifying not only the benefits and features, but also the issues that you will see when you look at the aircraft "in person". I present well over 100 detailed, high resolution images, and I make all logs readily available in digital format.

My goal is that any Buyer going to the effort and travel expense to look at an aircraft can, beforehand, see the aircraft "virtually", up close, on this web page and through video. This helps the Buyer avoid surprises when they arrive to view the aircraft "in person".

Exterior - 4/10 This M20E's exterior aluminum is overall in great shape. I didn't find any "hangar rash" in my detailed review of the exterior. It's unusual to find a Mooney of this vintage with metal as straight and undamaged as on this M20E. Please review the detailed high-resolution images below, you'll see how straight the metal is.

The paint is almost "fair" and has a chalky appearance in some areas. I do not believe that even professional help is going to make the current paint much better. I saw no flaking (as is common for older Mooney factory paint), however there are areas of minor chipping on top and leading edges of the wings, some of which have been covered by touch-up paint (see images below). The best part is that the metal underneath the old paint is in great shape.

Plexiglas windows are in reasonable condition, however the one-piece windshield shows some crazing. Please review the detailed images below to see the Plexiglas up close.

Instrument Panel - 5/10 The panel is a conglomeration of older and some newer avionics. While the aircraft is currently considered a VFR aircraft, it is IFR capable and could be IFR-legal with a 91.411 IFR certification. The Garmin GNS430 provides both an IFR-capable GPS and COM radio. NAV/COM #2 is a King KX-155. Both NAV indicators have been upgraded, along with the new Vertical Card Compass. Please review the Avionics and Equipment list, above, for more information.

Interior - 6/10 The interior condition of the aircraft is fair. The front seats were recently recovered and look great, and the plastics are in good condition and void of obvious cracks or significant damage. The carpet shows a fair amount of wear and could use a good cleaning, particularly in the baggage area. Overall, the interior is 100% useable, however replacing the carpets and matching the front and rear seat colors, along with some general cleanup, would make this interior very nice.

Overall - During the pre-listing inspection and the deep logbook/documentation review, no concerning issues were found inside or out of the aircraft. Airframe logbooks are complete. The hard copy of the prior logbook for the engine is missing, however there are digital images of that missing engine logbook. I was impressed to find no evidence of damage history in the airframe logbooks - it's quite common to find these Mooneys have had gear-up accidents, but none found for this M20E.

This aircraft is ideal for the buyer who is not concerned about cosmetics, or who is looking for an excellent candidate aircraft to make cosmetically perfect.

Please reach out to me so that I may answer any questions you have.


Logbooks available digitally upon request.

Aircraft Walkaround
Here is a video of a complete walkaround of the aircraft.

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