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Details about  ANTIQUE CHAMPION MOTORS INC. OUTBOARD MOTOR 1939? RARE

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ANTIQUE CHAMPION MOTORS INC. OUTBOARD MOTOR 1939? RARE
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RARE

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Aug 18, 2013
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US $599.00
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Item location:
Saginaw, Michigan, United States

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200944806213
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Seller Notes: RARE
Country of Manufacture: United States Brand:

Champion

Very Rare find. I'll do the best I can to describe this and welcome your input. I believe this is from around 1939. It is an outboard motor, and all the parts are there. I think it is all original. There is a dent in the tank but no leak. Looks farm fresh and not messed with. I can't find the serial . This probably belongs in a museum. I got it from a family in Saginaw, Mi. Look at the pic, I took alot, and can take more if you want. This is a Rare peice of history here. I can't find one like it to compare it too.

 

This is a message I got from an expert. Your motor is a 1940 Champion Single with 3.2 hp. I have restored 15 of these old motors in the last  few years. They are called the toilet seat Champion because of the shape of the gas tank.

Several early outboard engine manufacturers started up in the Minneapolis /St.Paul area. This makes much sense, considering Minnesota’s motto is “The Land of 10,000 Lakes“. The first Champion outboard engines were built by a gentleman named Sig Konrad in 1926 in St. Paul, MN. The early models were single cylinder, 2-stroke motor putting out 2 horsepower. Konrad sold the Champion name to outboard racer, Earl Dumonte.

Dumonte had no way to build his own outboards, so he went to toolmakers Cliff Scott and H. Bruce Atwater to build motors for him. Scott-Atwater built Champion outboard engines from 1935 until 1942. During that time Champion became the second largest outboard brand, after Evinrude. Champions were primarily sold through Firestone tire stores. Eventually, Earl Dumonte took the Champion name to start another outboard engine company, but after WWII, Scott-Atwater restarted producing outboard engines under their own name, using the Firestone label.

After WWII, Dumonte teamed up with a former Scott-Atwater engineer to build their own outboard engine line called: Champion Blue Ribbon motors. In the late 1940′s, the Champion outboard engines were well known for being quality, and reasonably priced engines. The Champion Oubtoard Engines were also sold under Majestic and Voyager names. Champion Outboard Engines were also wholesaled to B.F. Goodrich, where they were marketed under the Sea Flyer name. In the early 1950′s the Champion Hot Rod racing motors were quite successful in the 20 cubic inch class. These engines were lightweight (and powerful for the time), producing up to 16.5 horsepower . In the last half of the 1950′s, the Champion Outboard Engine company did not have enough money to start building more powerful motors to compete with the 25 and 40 hp outboards which were available. The rights to Champion products were sold, but no new Champion Outboard Engines were built after 1957.

 Several early outboard engine manufacturers started up in the Minneapolis /St.Paul area. This makes much sense, considering Minnesota’s motto is “The Land of 10,000 Lakes“. The first Champion outboard engines were built by a gentleman named Sig Konrad in 1926 in St. Paul, MN. The early models were single cylinder, 2-stroke motor putting out 2 horsepower. Konrad sold the Champion name to outboard racer, Earl Dumonte.

Dumonte had no way to build his own outboards, so he went to toolmakers Cliff Scott and H. Bruce Atwater to build motors for him. Scott-Atwater built Champion outboard engines from 1935 until 1942. During that time Champion became the second largest outboard brand, after Evinrude. Champions were primarily sold through Firestone tire stores. Eventually, Earl Dumonte took the Champion name to start another outboard engine company, but after WWII, Scott-Atwater restarted producing outboard engines under their own name, using the Firestone label.

After WWII, Dumonte teamed up with a former Scott-Atwater engineer to build their own outboard engine line called: Champion Blue Ribbon motors. In the late 1940′s, the Champion outboard engines were well known for being quality, and reasonably priced engines. The Champion Oubtoard Engines were also sold under Majestic and Voyager names. Champion Outboard Engines were also wholesaled to B.F. Goodrich, where they were marketed under the Sea Flyer name. In the early 1950′s the Champion Hot Rod racing motors were quite successful in the 20 cubic inch class. These engines were lightweight (and powerful for the time), producing up to 16.5 horsepower . In the last half of the 1950′s, the Champion Outboard Engine company did not have enough money to start building more powerful motors to compete with the 25 and 40 hp outboards which were available. The rights to Champion products were sold, but no new Champion Outboard Engines were built after 1957.

 

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