Oldies & Oddities: Body by Erco
- By Lester A. Reingold
- Air & Space magazine, March 2001
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Erco produced almost 5,100 Ercoupes, and companies such as Forney, Alon, and Mooney later built 500 of their own versions. At the fly-in, a “Coupe Showcase” displayed examples of all but one of the models. Weick and his team had been working on the prototype of a four-seat Ercoupe, but the project was cancelled when the market for private aircraft plummeted in the late 1940s. Ercoupe club members Marvin and Ruth Dunlap learned the whereabouts of the unfinished airframe and bought it in 1990.
They’ve been working on it ever since at their home in Michigan. Starting with just a fuselage section, they’ve had to add wings, a tail, an engine, and much more. They aim to fly their one-of-a-kind Ercoupe to this year’s fly-in in Terrell, Texas. Says Ruth Dunlap: “It’s going to be a new, old, 1947 four-place Ercoupe.”