DEUTZ "SILENT OTTO" ENGINE

CIRCA 1880



 
 

This engine was manufactured around 1880 in Cologne, Germany and is rated at 2 HP.  In 1985 Greg Johnson purchased it from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.  It still has original paint and pin striping and is in overall very good condition.  The engine originally used coal (town) gas as the fuel but is now operated on propane.  The ignition is called a "carrier flame" system utilizing a slide valve in the head to admit a flame into the combustion chamber at the right time.  This flame and its pilot light is fueled with hydrogen gas.  There is no electrical ignition system.  Some of the details can be seen in the pictures.

I took this series of pictures in the summer of 2006 at a private automobile/engine show in southern California where Greg was kind enough to display this very rare engine.

If you want to see more detail, clicking on the pictures will double their size.

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Updated 10/23/06

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