I've been looking at little knock-around airplanes and have always come back to the baby Grummans. A descendent of a Jim Bede homebuilt, they had a reasonable production life and many are still flying today, long after production ceased.
Although they're not aerobatic, the AA-1's do fly well, have "sports car handling," are fairly cute, and not too expensive to buy or operate. They are a little more demanding than the average Cessna or Piper, but I think that's part of the charm.
And for those who want more pizzazz, you can either up the horsepower and/or convert them to taildraggers. Mine? I'd like a 125HP taildragger painting in an RHNAF scheme. (Huh? Oh, that's Royal Hawaiian Naval Air Force, of course, of course.)
So the LOOTM for December
The Grumman AA-1