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Details about  VERY RARE 1949 CHRIS CRAFT CHALLENGER 5.5 Horsepower Outboard Boat Motor

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VERY RARE 1949 CHRIS CRAFT CHALLENGER 5.5 Horsepower Outboard Boat Motor
VERY-RARE-1949-CHRIS-CRAFT-CHALLENGER-5-5-Horsepower-Outboard-Boat-Motor
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Item location:
Long Beach, California, United States

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130621620592
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Used

 

FOR SALE IS MY CHRIS CRAFT OUT BOARD IN, IT IS IS PERFECT WORKING ORDER AND HAS NOT BEEN REFURBISHED

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL ME AT 562-753-1162 MIKE

Chris-Craft Outboards were made in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1949 through 1953.

Approximately 23,000 of the 5.5 horsepower Challenger models were made

Year & Model: 1952-3 Chris-Craft Challenger
Horsepower: 5.5
Cylinders:
2 - Alternate Firing
Bore: 2"
Stroke: 1.5"
Ignition: Bendix Magneto
Point Gap: .018
Cooling: Water by impeller

Condition: Unrestored
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)

Comments:
Chris Craft built very fine boats and marine inboard engines. From 1949 to 1953 they dabled in outboards building the 5.5 hp example seen here and a 10hp Commander. These were great little motors and run fabulously.

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. 

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