The big Six is a prodigious people packer. Resembling a stretched version of the basic Cherokee airframe, it provides slight twin performance with single-engine economy.
The Six was introduced in 1965 with a 260-hp engine, which some pilots seem to feel was not quite enough power. So the people at Piper decided to offer the option of the 300-hp powerplant up front in 1970.
Basically a six-seater, the largest of the Cherokees is easily converted to handle a large amount of cargo loaded through its spacious rear double doors; thus, it performs as a double-duty passenger utility airplane. Besides the standard six-seat arrangement with center aisle, there is a seventh-seat option.