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I've flown the 3, 4, 6, and a lot of my 8 and the 3 is my favorite for everything but distance. I've said for years if I ever sold my 8, I would replace it with a 3 and a family truckster cross country plane. For the typical flying most do, the 3 is just awesome. I climb into my 8, but pull a 3 on like a wetsuit. The 4 feels much the same as the 3, but there is something about a single seater. My 8 rolls like a truck compared to either of them. If there are several 3's available, I suspect one or two are less than stellar builds and therefore difficult sells. The 3 is not a simple build and there is far less support available than we prepunched wienies get. It's difficult to build one that compares to the later kits unless the builder is a repeat offender. Either way I suspect the plethora of available 3's won't last.
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I followed the hype when Vans reintroduced the 3 as the 3B. I watched a couple 3B’s sell for well over $50k. At that time, folks couldn’t get enough of the 3. As Vans oldest model and fewest built, prior to the reintroduction, they would come up for sale often, usually for $20k or under. They where never “quick” sellers. The hype around the 3B changed that, perhaps only for a while?
The reality is the 3’s performance and feel is only marginally “better” than a well sorted 4,6, 7, or 8. It’s limitations are obvious yet it costs just as much to keep as Paul noted.
Everyone who has had a chance enjoys flying the 3, but not everyone will want to own one.
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I followed the hype when Vans reintroduced the 3 as the 3B. I watched a couple 3B’s sell for well over $50k. At that time, folks couldn’t get enough of the 3. As Vans oldest model and fewest built, prior to the reintroduction, they would come up for sale often, usually for $20k or under. They where never “quick” sellers. The hype around the 3B changed that, perhaps only for a while?
I like this explanation.

When I sold my 3 about 10 years ago it took several months to sell. When my buddy was looking for a 3 about three or four years ago they were flying off the shelf.

Also, I think Randy Lervold's RV3 build created a lot of excitement for the 3 and that has diminished now.
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As someone most of you would consider to be in "the younger crowd" at 34, it's seating capacity. A single-seat airplane is basically nothing but a toy for yourself, and it's hard to spend money at private airplane levels on a toy for yourself alone.

At least with a two-seater you can rationalize it to yourself (and your spouse ) by saying that you can travel with it, take people for rides, and have better resale value.

I'd love a chance to fly a -3 and it might be cool to get a few people together and buy an older one as a group for a second or third airplane, but I could never justify the expense for one myself.
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Direct to the specific question of 'why *so many* for sale now': Most likely is simple market analysis. The economy is stronger, there's more disposable income (well, among those of us lucky enough to have disposable income to start with), so asking prices are going up, inducing -3 owners who aren't using the planes but weren't financially forced to sell, to put them on the market. I wonder if you compared the 'for sale' numbers of other models (and brands), you wouldn't see the same thing. Could it be that going from zero or one to three or four is just more obvious than going from five to fifteen, when scrolling through listings?

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