Details about VERY RARE 1949 CHRIS CRAFT CHALLENGER 5.5 Horsepower Outboard Boat MotorSee original listing
Dec 30, 2011 20:39:55 PST
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Long Beach, California, United States
FOR SALE IS MY CHRIS CRAFT OUT BOARD IN, IT IS IS PERFECT WORKING ORDER AND HAS NOT BEEN REFURBISHED
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Chris-Craft Outboards were made in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1949 through 1953.
Approximately 23,000 of the 5.5 horsepower Challenger models were madeYear & Model: 1952-3 Chris-Craft Challenger
Cylinders: 2 - Alternate Firing
Ignition: Bendix Magneto
Point Gap: .018
Cooling: Water by impeller
Retail price when new: $199.00
Weight: 48 lbs.
Oil/Gas Mix: 1/2pt TCW-3 to 1 gallon gas
Spark Plug: J8-J (now J8C)
It is reported that production ceased in 1953 due to patent issues with Mercury. Chris Craft sold the tooling to their outboards off to the Oliver tractor company and in 1955 they reapeared as OLIVER OUTBOARDS
Before World War II, Jay Smith, son of the company's famous founder, Christopher Smith, was giving much thought to outboards, because hard times were proving that small boats could be a large segment of the market. The war delayed any serious effort, but by the late 1940s, Chris-Craft's first outboard motor took shape at a new plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan.In 1949, the 5½-hp model J Challenger debuted. Though it didn't have a full gear-shift (a feature first presented the same year by Johnson and Scott Atwater), this alternate-firing twin was a modern, well-designed motor of exceptional quality. Its slow, steady trolling ability quickly endeared it to fishermen, and a healthy punch for its size provided thrills for any captain with a light hull. The following year, a big brother, in the form of the 10-hp model K Commander promised to further Chris-Craft's quest to become a formidable contender in the outboard industry.