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1946 Piper J3C-65 Cub – N70589 // Excellent Condition

Auction Start: September 6, 2023
Auction End: September 12, 2023 12:00 pm

J3C-65 Cub Details




J3C-65 Cub



Auction Start Date:
September 6, 2023
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Location: Greenup, Kentucky
Description: The Piper J-3 Cub is an American light aircraft that was built by Piper Aircraft. The aircraft has a simple, lightweight design which gives it good low-speed handling properties and short-field performance. The Cub is Piper Aircraft's most-produced model, with nearly 20,000 built in the United States. Its simplicity, affordability and popularity invokes comparisons to the Ford Model T automobile. The J-3 is a two-seat, single-engine, high-wing monoplane with a conventional landing gear. This particular example is powered by an upgraded 90HP engine. It has no electric power just like it came from the factory. Enjoy flying like you were still in the golden era of aviation. The J-3 Cub was originally designed as a basic trainer aircraft, but it quickly became popular as a recreational aircraft. It is known for its easy handling and forgiving nature, making it a great choice for first-time pilots. • 9/10 interior and exterior • Beautiful period correct J3 Cub • No Electric System • Upgraded 90HP engine • Glass is in good condition
Airframe Details
  • 1946 J3C-65 Cub
  • Recovered and refurb April 2003
  • TT 4,970
Engine Details
  • Continental C-90-8F 90HP
  • TT 1102.3
  • TSMOH 358.4
  • MOH September 2000
Propeller Details
  • 245.5 SMOH
  • Metal Fixed Pitch Prop
Avionics Details
  • Airspeed
  • RPM
  • Compass
  • Altimeter
  • Oil Pressure & Temperature
Additional Features
  • No Electric System
  • 90hp Engine
  • Inconsistent early log history, see all fully documented in digital files
Classic yellow with Cub Decal and Black Lightning Bolt All glass is in great condition Cylinder covers are polished
Yellow with black leather seating
Auction Details
Contact Phone: 254-735-5030
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Registration Number: N70589
Make: Piper
Model: J3C-65 Cub
Required Deposit: $2,000
Buyers Premium: 6%
Start Date: September 6, 2023
End Date: September 12, 2023 12:00 pm
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J3 Cub – Iconic American Light Aircraft

The Piper J3C-65 Cub is an iconic American light aircraft that carries with it the nostalgia and charm of the golden era of aviation. Built by Piper Aircraft, the J3C-65 Cub is renowned for its simplicity, affordability, and excellent low-speed handling capabilities. In this blog post, we will explore the history of Piper Aircraft and the Cub line of aircraft, delve into the features and specifications of the 1946 J3C-65 Cub, and showcase why it remains a beloved choice for aviation enthusiasts.

History of Piper Aircraft and the Cub Line:

Piper Aircraft, founded by William T. Piper in 1927, has left an indelible mark on the aviation industry. The company’s commitment to producing reliable and affordable aircraft has made it a prominent name in general aviation. The Cub line of aircraft, including the J3C-65 Cub, has been a cornerstone of Piper’s success. The J3C-65 Cub holds the distinction of being Piper Aircraft’s most-produced model, with nearly 20,000 units built in the United States. Its enduring popularity and simple design have drawn comparisons to the Ford Model T automobile.

Description: The Piper J3C-65 Cub is a two-seat, single-engine, high-wing monoplane with a conventional landing gear configuration. This particular example, with a tail number N70589 and a serial number 17598, has a total time of 4,970 hours. It showcases a beautiful period-correct J3 Cub design, capturing the essence of the aircraft’s historical significance.

Powered by an upgraded 90HP Continental C-90-8F engine, the J3C-65 Cub offers enhanced performance while maintaining the simplicity and authenticity of the original design. It features no electric system, staying true to its factory specifications and allowing pilots to experience flying as it was during the golden era of aviation.

Originally designed as a basic trainer aircraft, the J-3 Cub quickly gained popularity as a recreational aircraft. It is celebrated for its forgiving nature and easy handling, making it an ideal choice for first-time pilots or those seeking a nostalgic flight experience.

Specifications: The airframe of this J3C-65 Cub model was recovered and refurbished in April 2003, accumulating a total time of 4,970 hours, reflecting its extensive history. Equipped with a Continental C-90-8F engine, this aircraft has a total time of 1,102.3 hours, with a time since major overhaul (TSMOH) of 358.4 hours completed in September 2000. It features a wood fixed-pitch propeller with a total time of 245.5 hours since major overhaul (SMOH). The avionics include essential instruments such as airspeed, RPM, compass, altimeter, oil pressure, and temperature gauges. Additional features include no electric system and a 90HP engine. While the early log history of this aircraft may have some inconsistencies, all documentation is available in digital files for reference.

The exterior of the J3C-65 Cub showcases a classic yellow color scheme with the Cub decal and black lightning bolt, capturing the essence of its historical significance. The glass components are in excellent condition, and the cylinder covers are polished to maintain their visual appeal. Inside the cabin, you’ll find yellow and black leather seating, adding to the vintage atmosphere.

The Piper J3C-65 Cub is a timeless aircraft that allows aviation enthusiasts to relive the golden era of aviation. With its simple design, docile handling characteristics, and affordability, it continues to capture the hearts of pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Don’t miss the opportunity to own and fly the 1946 J3C-65 Cub—an aircraft that brings nostalgia, authenticity, and a touch of history to the joy of flying. (Note: This aircraft will be available for a live online auction from September 6, 2023, to September 12, 2023.)


  1. If you are looking for entries for specific maintenance and repair items: These items are in the records associated but not in the logbooks.
    Engine swap out to 90HP : N70589 Misc Items.pdf Page 17 ,18, 19, 20,
    Recovering 1985 N70589 Misc Items.pdf page 21
    Crank case inspection record 8/28/2000 N70589 Misc Items.pdf page 22, 23, 33, 34, 35, 36
    Recovering misc 6/18/03 N70589 Misc Items.pdf page 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

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