Continental Motors Company

Continental Motors Company was an American engine manufacturer. The company introduced from the 1900s up to the 1960s motors for various group-independent manufacturers of automobiles and tractors, stationary motors for pumps, generators and machine drives, ago.


1905 Continental Motors was founded and placed a side-valve four-cylinder four -stroke engine with a single camshaft ago.

1906 Engine Type " O" with 45 bhp (33 kW ) was developed for aircraft propulsion. The Continental Aircraft Engine Company was founded in 1929 for the development and construction of aircraft engines. This later became the main business of the successor company Teledyne Continental Motors.

1929 7- cylinder radial engine with 8,913 cc displacement was introduced, the (125 kW ) carried out 170 bhp at 2,000 min-1.

In August 1929, the Continental Aircraft Engine Company was spun off from Continental Motors Company for the development and construction of aircraft engines.

Continental Motors began manufacturing automobiles more indirectly. Man made ​​in the 1910s and 1920s engines for some group-independent automobile manufacturers, such as Durant Motors Corporation, the Continental Motors started in their model series Star, Durant, Flint and Rugby.

De Vaux, De Vaux Continental and Continental Automobile Company

In the wake of the economic crisis in the early 30s of the 20th century broke the automotive sales. As a consequence, the sales of engines fell sharply. The company tried to compensate for this by purchasing a car manufacturer you wanted to supply you with our own engines. The choice fell on the heavily damaged De Vaux Motors Company in Grand Rapids ( Michigan) their mid-range models with a separate motor not allowed to sell in sufficient numbers. De Vaux, in turn, had emerged from parts of the Durant Motors Group and the only model 6/70 was a slightly modified version of the last Durant. This situation was beneficial for Continental, because the vehicle was therefore re- fitted easily with a Continental engine. In February 1932, the Continental De Vaux Motors Company. For the remainder of the model year you sold the car externally unchanged with the in-house engine as the Continental De Vaux 6 /80. The company was renamed in November 1932 in Continental Automobile Company. There were now three series, the six-cylinder models Ace and flyers, as well as the cheaper Beacon with four cylinders. None of these series has sold particularly well during the economic crisis. At the same time built the Canadian firm Dominion Motors Ltd.. the Flyer and Beacon cars as Frontenac C -600, respectively. C -400 in license for the Canadian market. The larger Ace is introduced from the USA. Dominion then turned to the construction of Reo trucks. The production of the models and Ace Flyer was discontinued at the end of 1933. As with the Continental Beacon also able to generate any profit, you made ​​1934 the construction of this last model a.

Land vehicles with Continental engines

  • Abbott - Detroit
  • Allis-Chalmers Model G
  • AM General ( medium and heavy trucks for military use )
  • Bantam Reconnaissance Car Y112 (first Jeep )
  • Barley
  • Blodgett Six, Prototype, 1921
  • Bour -Davis (USA, Detroit MI, Frankfort IN, Cedar Grove LA)
  • Bush
  • Cardway
  • Checker ( to 1965 )
  • Comet (USA, Decatur IL)
  • Continental ( United States, Grand Rapids ( Michigan))
  • Continental De Vaux ( United States, Grand Rapids ( Michigan))
  • Crawford
  • Dagmar
  • Davis
  • DuPont
  • Durant Motors ( including the brands Durant, Flint, Star and Rugby)
  • Frontenac (Canada)
  • Empire
  • Gersix Company ( truck, USA (Seattle WA)
  • Graham
  • Graham - Paige
  • Henney Funeral Coach
  • Howard ( USA, Chicago IL and Connersville IN) )
  • Howmet TX ( turbine-powered race car )
  • IKA
  • Jeep ( during the Second World War )
  • Jones ( States, Wichita KS)
  • Jordan (R6 and R8, the latter design Jordan )
  • Kaiser- Frazer Corporation (including Allstate, Henry J and after 1953 also Willys )
  • Basement
  • Kenworthy
  • Kline Kar
  • Lambert
  • Larrabee (truck )
  • Lexington
  • Lippard - Stewart
  • Little Giant (Fire, Chicago, 1912-1916 )
  • Locomobile
  • Magirus
  • Marion - Handley
  • Meteor
  • Moon
  • Moreland truck
  • Morris
  • Noma
  • Norwalk
  • Ogren
  • Paige
  • Peerless
  • Piedmont
  • Playboy
  • Ponder (prototype, 1923)
  • REO
  • Roamer
  • SAF from Sweden
  • S & M
  • Seagrave Fire Apparatus ( 3 cars prototypes, 1960)
  • Stewart
  • Tracta (France)
  • Transport Truck
  • Velie
  • Westcott
  • Willys -Overland
  • Windsor
  • Wolverine

Aircraft engines

In 1929, the aircraft engine business was outsourced as Continental Aircraft Engine Company and acquired by Teledyne Technologies in 1969. Teledyne Continental was the biggest competitor in the market for Lycoming aircraft engines for general aviation. Some of these types of engines were built by Rolls- Royce under license.


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