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1981 Cessna 172 RG // Excellent Maintenance History // N9773B

Auction Start: January 17, 2024
Auction End: January 24, 2024 12:00 pm

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Description: The Cessna 172RG Cutlass is a reliable, straightforward, fuel efficient, and speedy plane. This aircraft would be a great complex time builder. The long history of the aircraft is well documented. The aircraft is competitively priced below market value.
Airframe Details
  • 1981 Cessna 172RG Cutlass
  • N9773B
  • S/N 172RG1027
  • SNEW 13,275
Engine Details
  • Lycoming O-360-F1A6
  • S/N RL-34887-36A
  • SMOH 950
  • TT 4600
  • Overhaul from Penn Yan Aero on 8/16
  • Compressions 1. 75/80 2. 77/80 3. 79/80 4. 77/80
Propeller Details
  • McCauley model B2D34220/80VHA-3.5
  • S/N 171062
  • SPOH 400
  • New prop installed 5/18
Avionics Details
  • ADSB out
  • Oil temp
  • Oil pressure 
  • Cylinder head temp
  • Amp meter
  • Right and left fuel gauges
  • Vacuum gauge
  • Clock
  • Airspeed
  • Turn coordinator
  • Fuel pressure
  • Artificial horizon
  • Compass
  • DG
  • Altimeter
  • Vertical speed indicator
  • RPM
  • ILS and GS X 2
  • Audio panel 
  • MX 385 nav and commas X 2
  • Garmin transponder
  • EGT
  • ELT
Additional Features

Annual can be performed by a local mechanic at buyers expense, or a ferry permit can be obtained. Last annual was on 11/22.

White base, blue and gray stripes. Aircraft has some missing paint along leading edges.
Blue upholstered seats, blue size walls, gray carpet, ceiling white. No tears in seats. Overall interior shows well.
Auction Details
Contact Phone: 254-735-5030
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Registration Number: N9773B
Model: 172RG
Required Deposit: $2000
Buyers Premium: 6%
Start Date: January 17, 2024
End Date: January 24, 2024 12:00 pm
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The Timeless Legacy of the 1981 Cessna 172RG: Classic General Aviation with greater aerodynamics

The year 1981 marked a significant chapter in aviation history with the introduction of the Cessna 172RG Cutlass. As we delve into the aircraft’s background, explore its uses, and trace the footsteps of Cessna’s remarkable journey, one aspect stands out prominently— its longevity and value on the market. Join us on a journey through time and technology as we uncover the features that make the 1981 Cessna 172RG a reliable and value-packed aircraft.

Cessna’s Rich Legacy:

To understand the prowess of the 1981 Cessna 172RG, it’s essential to appreciate Cessna’s storied history. Founded in 1927, Cessna has been a pioneer in the aviation industry, consistently producing aircraft known for their reliability and performance. The 172RG is a testament to Cessna’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

A Glimpse into the 1981 Cessna 172RG:

In the aviation realm, the 1981 Cessna 172RG stands as a time-honored testament to Cessna’s legacy of innovation and reliability. Crafted in the year of 1981, bearing the iconic Cessna emblem, and designated as the 172RG model with the serial number 172RG1027, this aircraft, registered as N9773B, encapsulates four decades of aerial prowess. Seated within its cockpit are four individuals ready to embark on adventures high above, as the airframe proudly displays a total time of 13,275. Resting in the picturesque locale of New Richmond, Wisconsin, this Cessna not only represents a rich history of being the gold standard for many types of aviation. THere are staunch enthusiasts restoring and keeping these classic staples of aviation in the air. Whether soaring through the clouds or grounded in its historical significance, the 1981 Cessna 172RG is a captivating embodiment of engineering brilliance and the enduring spirit of flight.

Engineering Excellence:

The heart of the 1981 Cessna 172RG lies in its Lycoming O-360-F1A6 engine, which has been meticulously maintained. The engine’s serial number, RL-34887-36A, signifies a robust design, and its total time of 4600 underscores the reliability instilled in this aircraft. Penn Yan Aero’s overhaul in August 2016 further ensures that the engine performs at its peak, providing a seamless flying experience.

The propeller, a McCauley model B2D34220/80VHA-3.5, adds another layer of efficiency to this aerial marvel. With a serial number of 171062, this propeller not only complements the engine but also contributes to the aircraft’s overall performance. The 400 hours since the last overhaul, coupled with a new prop installation in May 2018, guarantee a smooth and controlled flight.

Avionics Innovation:

In the cockpit, a comprehensive suite of avionics enhances both safety and convenience. The inclusion of ADSB out ensures compliance with modern airspace regulations. Monitoring vital engine parameters is made easy with gauges for oil temperature, oil pressure, and cylinder head temperature, reflecting a commitment to meticulous maintenance.

The presence of right and left fuel gauges, a vacuum gauge, clock, airspeed indicator, turn coordinator, fuel pressure gauge, and more, showcases the aircraft’s readiness for both visual and instrument flight. With dual ILS and GS, as well as a Garmin transponder, the 1981 Cessna 172RG seamlessly integrates modern technology with the timeless reliability Cessna is renowned for.

Additional Features and Maintenance Assurance:

Flexibility is a key feature of this aircraft. Whether the buyer prefers an annual inspection performed by a trusted local mechanic or opts for a ferry permit, the 1981 Cessna 172RG offers choices that cater to diverse preferences. The most recent annual inspection on 11/22 is a testament to the commitment to safety and maintenance excellence.

Exterior and Interior Distinction:

While the white base with blue and gray stripes imparts a classic Cessna look, the missing paint along leading edges tells a story of countless flights and adventures. This aircraft wears its history with pride. The aircraft is completely airworthy as is and can be painted to help it endure many more years of flight.

The interior, with its blue upholstered seats, blue sidewalls, gray carpet, and white ceiling, offers a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment. Importantly, the absence of tears in the seats reflects the care bestowed upon the interior, ensuring a pleasant flying experience for both pilot and passengers.

Airframe Overview:

The airframe of the 1981 Cessna 172RG is a testament to its durability and longevity. With a total time of 13,275, this aircraft has a rich history of soaring through the skies. The competitive pricing below market value makes it an attractive option for those seeking a balance of value and performance.

Engine Excellence:

Powering this aircraft is the Lycoming O-360-F1A6 engine with a serial number RL-34887-36A. Having undergone an overhaul from Penn Yan Aero on 8/16, the engine boasts a significant service life with a total time of 4600. Impressively, the compressions at 75/80, 77/80, 79/80, and 77/80 showcase the engine’s health and reliability.

Propulsion Perfection:

A McCauley model B2D34220/80VHA-3.5 propeller, with a serial number 171062, adds to the aircraft’s efficiency. The propeller’s time since overhaul (SPOH) is 400, and a new prop was installed in 5/18, ensuring optimal performance.

Avionics Arsenal:

Equipped with an array of avionics, the 1981 Cessna 172RG leaves no room for compromise. From ADSB out to oil temperature, pressure, and various gauges for comprehensive monitoring, this aircraft is well-prepared for both the skies and modern regulations.

Additional Features:

Noteworthy features include the flexibility for an annual performed by a local mechanic at the buyer’s expense or the option to obtain a ferry permit. The last annual was conducted on 11/22, attesting to the commitment to the Excellent Maintenance History.

Exterior and Interior Elegance:

The exterior, adorned in a white base with blue and gray stripes, exudes classic Cessna stylel. The interior, featuring blue upholstered seats, blue side walls, and gray carpet, remains in excellent condition, showcasing the care bestowed upon this aircraft.

Auction Information:

As this iconic aircraft prepares for its next chapter, it is set to go under the hammer in an auction from 01/17/2024 to 01/24/2024. The minimum bid stands at $25,000, with a 6% buyer premium. A $2,000 deposit is required, opening the door for aviation enthusiasts to acquire a piece of history.


In conclusion, the 1981 Cessna 172RG is not just an aircraft; it’s a symbol of Cessna’s commitment to excellence and innovation. With a rich history, impeccable maintenance records, and a host of features that define reliability, this aircraft stands tall as a beacon of aviation prowess. As it embarks on a new journey through the upcoming auction, it beckons those who seek the perfect balance of value and performance to seize the opportunity.

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