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Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at daily.

Today’s Top Pick is a 1962 Beechcraft B33 Debonair.

When pilots begin shopping for their first aircraft, they typically look for something with more power, speed, and useful load than the airplanes they trained in or rented for years after receiving their private pilot certificate. Aircraft such as the Beechcraft Bonanza and Piper PA-24 Comanche often top the list of candidates for purchase, but shoppers should not forget about the Debonair, which really is just another “flavor” of Bonanza.

The Debonair, first produced in 1960, initially was a stripped-down version of the flagship V-tail Bonanza, except it was more modestly equipped and appointed, and had a conventional or straight tail. The lower price was meant to make the model more competitive with the popular Comanche. As years passed and more customers gravitated toward the elegant-looking Debonair, Beechcraft relented and began calling it a Bonanza. The last of this four-seat model, the F33A Bonanza, continued in production through the 1994 model year.

One of the main attractions for earlier models, such as the aircraft for sale here, is that their prices are still lower than for newer four-seat Bonanzas. Indeed, a Debonair such as this, with a Continental IO-470 engine, can offer classic Bonanza performance, including rapid climb and brisk cruising speeds to pilots with a range of budgets.

This 1962 Debonair has 5,545 hours on the airframe and 1,323 hours on its Continental IO-470N engine since new. The panel includes an Aspen MFD with synthetic vision, Garmin G5, Garmin GMA 340 audio panel, GNS 430W GPS, King KX 155 Nav/Comm, GTX 327 transponder, GDL 88D ADS-B, and JPI EDM 930 engine monitor.

Pilots looking for an elegant midcentury aircraft design that is fast, stylish and ready for a new home should consider this 1962 Beechcraft B33 Debonair, which is available for $129,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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