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|Successor||Teledyne Continental Motors formerly Continental Motors Corporation|
|Industry||automobile engines, automobiles|
Continental Motors Company was a American engine and automobile manufacturer. The company produced engines for various independent manufacturers of automobiles, tractors, and stationary equipment (i.e. pumps, generators, machinery drives) from the 1900s through the 1960s. Continental Motors also produced Continental-branded automobiles (cars) in 1932/1933. The Continental Aircraft Engine Company was formed in 1929 to develop and produce its aircraft engines, and would become the core business of the Continental Motors Corporation which became Teledyne Continental Motors. Sister company Wisconsin Engine Co. still deals in Continental branded parts.
- 1905 Continental Motors is born with the introduction of a four-cylinder, four stroke cycle L-head engine operated by a single camshaft.
- 1906 Type "O" 45 hp (34 kW) engine is developed to power aircraft.
- 1929 A-70 radial, seven-cylinder engine is introduced. 170hp@2000rpm 4.625x4.625 = 543.91cuin (8.91L)
- In August 1929, the Continental Motors Company formed the Continental Aircraft Engine Company as a wholly owned subsidiary to develop and produce its aircraft engines.
Continental Motors entered into the production of automobiles rather indirectly. Continental was the producer of automobile engines for numerous independent automobile company's in the 1910s and 1920s, including Durant Motors Corporation which used the engines in its Star, Durant, Flint and Rugby model lines. Following the 1931 collapse of Durant, a group having interest in Durant Motors began assembling their own cars, using the Durant body dies, in Oakland, California under the De Vaux brand name. When De Vaux collapsed in 1932, Continental assumed automobile assembly and marketed the vehicles under the Continental brand name.
Continentals were marketed in three model ranges, the six-cylinder Ace, the Flyer and the low-priced four-cylinder Beacon, none of which met with success in the depression era economy. At this same time, Dominion Motors Ltd. of Canada was building the same Flyer and Beacon cars under arrangement with Continental for sale in Canadian market, and importing the larger Ace models. Dominion then converted to building Reo brand trucks. The Ace and Flyer models were discontinued at the close of the 1933 model year. Finding that its cars were unprofitable, Continental stopped assembling even Beacon automobiles during 1934.
Vehicles using Continental enginesEdit
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- Allis-Chalmers Model G
- AM General (medium and heavy trucks for military use)
- Bantam Reconnaissance Car(Y112 4 cyl. first jeep)
- Checker (pre-1965)
- Durant Motors (including Durant, Flint and Star brand cars)
- Howmet TX (turbine race car)
- Jeep (during World War II)
- Kaiser-Frazer Corporation (including Allstate, Frazer, Henry J, Kaiser and post-1953 Willys brand cars)
- Kline Kar
- List of Engine Manufacturers
- List of Car Manufacturers (automobiles in USA)
- List of Truck Manufacturers
- List of Tractor Manufacturers
References / sourcesEdit
- based on an article originally from wikipedia
- ↑ Leyes, p. 87
- Foss, Christopher F. (1974). Jane's Pocket Book of Modern Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles. Collier Books, 45-49. 73-15286.
- Leyes II, Richard A.; William A. Fleming (1999). The History of North American Small Gas Turbine Aircraft Engines. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 1-56347-332-1.
- "Flying With Forty Horses" by Chet Peek - Book covering the story of the Continental A-40, the engine which revived the struggling aviation industry during the Great Depression
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