A Classic New Cub From Legend


The Classic J3, a new model from American Legend, aims to deliver simple, fun flying with a lower price tag than many S-LSAs, at about $95,000. “The new Classic J3 sprung from many conversations with current Legend Cub owners,” said Darin Hart, owner of the company. “They convinced us that there are additional buyers out there who would jump on the opportunity for a slimmed-down, brand-new Cub.” The Classic J3 offers a slightly wider cabin than the original Piper J3, an aft bench seat, and a large baggage compartment. It’s configured with a single clamshell door/window combination for right-hand entry and exit, and features a sliding window on the left side.

Standard features include a 100-horsepower Continental O-200 engine, Sensenich wood propeller, all-metal cowling with exposed cylinders, 25-hour+ battery with starter, 16-gallon fuel system, disc brakes, shoulder harnesses at both seats, and more. The instrument panel will closely resemble that of the Piper J3. Engine instruments include oil pressure/temperature and tachometer, while flight instruments include altimeter, airspeed, and inclinometer. Two classic paint schemes are offered: yellow with black lightning bolt, or white with red or blue striping. A quick search online shows that plenty of last-century Piper J3s can be found on the market for about half to three-quarters the price of Legend’s brand-new model, but for those who prefer to buy fresh off the production line, the Legend Classic J3 provides an alternative.