Information for Prospective Twin Cessna 310 Owners

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The Cessna 310 first flew in January 1953. Sleek, fast and efficient it was the world's first modern light twin. In it's 27 year production run, more than 5,400 310s were built. 310s are renowned for their performance. They are fast, carry large loads and have excellent range. Due to the variations in engines, airframe and other modifications, the potential buyer has a wide range of choices. Early 310s are vintage aircraft that will attract a crowd on the ramp or at an airshow, yet still provide fast, reliable transportation. At the other end of the spectrum, a late model T310R, will fly 6 people at 20,000 feet at 220 kts. Long range fuel tanks can be added to certain models, giving the airplane a 7+ plus hour range. The 310 is truly one of the greatest airplanes ever produced and, today, they are more affordable than ever.

One Owner's Testimonial:

"I have owned N3838X Cessna 310K Serial 0238 since 1978 which was purchased new in late 1966 for my family business. This airplane has served me well in that it is fast and has a payload capacity to carry a family of 6 or for a trip involving baggage such as bicycles, fishing gear, windsurfing gear, etc. with full fuel and two people. It has taken me to Alaska, Bahamas, Mexico, and Canada. I can not imagine another aircraft that has this performance for the cost. New singles these days are several hundred thousand dollars and can not compete with this type of performance. This airplane has a totally updated avionics suite and has factory new engines (with some hours on them) for an investment of less than $125,000 for these enhancements. The maintenance costs are higher, of course, but over all you cannot get this cost/performance ratio from any other airplane, particularly the expensive new singles."


- Mel Holzman

Original Sales Brochures for the Cessna 310 1955 - 1982
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Model 310 310B/C 310D 310E (Military Version) 310F 310G 310H/I/J 310K 310L 310N 310P and T310P 310Q T310Q 310R T310R
Years Built 1954 to 1957 1957 to 1959 1960 1961 1961 1962 1963 to 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 to 1974 1970 to 1974 1975 to 1981 1975 to 1981
Engines Cont. 0-470-B 240 HP Cont. O-470M 240 HP for B's and IO-470-D for '59 C's Cont. IO-470-D 260 HP Cont. IO-470-D 260 HP Cont. IO-470-D 260 HP Cont. IO-470-D 260HP Cont. IO-470-D/U 260 HP Cont. IO-470-V 260 HP Cont. IO-470-V 260 HP Cont. IO-470-VO 260 HP Cont. IO-470-VO 260 HP Cont. IO-470-VO 260 HP Cont. TSIO-520-B 285 HP Cont. IO 520-M 285 HP Cont. TSIO-520-B 285 HP
Cruise Speed 174 kts 191 kts 191 kts 191 kts 191 kts 191 kts 195 kts 195 kts 195 kts 195 kts 195 kts 195 kts 226 kts 207 kts 226 kts
Approx. Useful Load 1750 lbs 1850 lbs 1751 lbs 1900 lbs 1751 lbs 1851 lbs 2037 lbs 2037 lbs 2037 lbs 2037 lbs 2030 lbs 2086 lbs 2086 lbs 2047 lbs 2047 lbs
Approx. 2015 Price $30,000 $33,000 $35,000 $40,000 $42,000 $45,000 $45,000 $50,000 $51,000 $55,000 $56,000 $65,000 $74,000 $120,000 $135,000
NOTES: The original 310. 102 gallons of fuel in "tuna" style tip tanks only. 31 gal. aux tanks optional. Retractable step added. Some '59 models are D's. Engines changed. Swept vertical tail added. Spartan Military version designated U-3B Third side window added. Tuna tanks replaced with canted tip tanks Exhaust moved to under wing. Wing lockers added. Engines changed. One piece aft side windows. One piece windshield. Wing locker fuel tanks optional. Engines changed. Instrument panel redesigned. First turbo version available with TSIO-520B engines Shoulder harnesses added. Copilots instruments available. Rear roof window added. Windshield enlarged. Fuel capacity increased. Nose baggage area extended by 32 in. Engine changed. Gross weight increased. Top-of-the-line 310. Known ice certification added in 1977.