Cessna 140 Sold In Garage Sale

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Selling an airplane can be tough but a Minnesota man found a ready market for his 1946 Cessna 140 when he included it in a garage sale he organized for his father. “We just put it in there as a last-minute deal,” Robbie Love, 58, of East Grand Forks, Minn., told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “We were going to have a garage sale for my dad, and I just figured I’d put it in there to see what interest there was in the local area. And geez, I’ve gotten calls from all over.” Love put a sticker price of $20,000 on the mostly polished two-seat taildragger, which he bought in 1978 for $5,500, and made a deal with an unidentified buyer for $17,500. 

Love sold the aircraft because even though it's one of the most affordable aircraft in the air, the cost of flying it was getting out of reach. “When I started flying, we were buying gas for 76 cents a gallon, and now it’s over six dollars,” Love said. The decision to sell wasn't made any easier by the fact that the 140 was converted to hand controls so Love, who has been in a wheelchair since a 1976 car accident, could fly it. “We were just looking for an older airplane we could afford and one that met our criteria, and that’s the airplane we came up with,” he said. “It’s just a good, little flying airplane.” Love and his wife have a more terrestrial passion and will use some of the proceeds from the sale to buy ammunition for trap shooting.