K&O not only made the name brand motors like Evinrude, Johnson, Mercury,
etc., but also produced their own versions of toy outboards. I guess there
was a greater profit since they didn't need to pay the manufacturers a royalty
for producing them. These are generally of inferior construction to the
name brand motors and not that rare. The best looking is the Cyclone which
looks like a 1958 22 Hp Scott-Atwater.
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1. Royal Speedmaster
Almost exactly the same as the IMP motors except for the cowl color and the
K&O decal on the rear of the cowl. Not too easy to find but not that
2. Hurricane A
very common motor and easy to find. Often found on the Fleetline wooden
3. Cyclone 28 HP
Best looking of the generic motors from K&O. Almost exactly the same
as the 1958 Scott-Atwater 22 HP except that the blue color is much darker on
the Cyclone and the Cyclone doesn't have a tiller handle or the lifting handle
on top of the cowl.
4. Sea Dart (blue)
A very small motor and pretty easy to find along with the red one below.
Poorly made of tin and often you will find these damaged.
5. Sea Dart (red)
Again, a small motor and poorly constructed. Often packaged with a small
6. Tornado (early version)
This motor was also made with the Tornado decal on it, which I don't
have. Poorly constructed of tin, rarely run, and not hard to find.
Often found in pieces.
7. Tornado (later version)
A much nicer version of the Tornado. Small motor but kind of neat
looking because of the slanted decal on the side. I've also seen this
motor in a light blue version. Not rare but harder to find then the one
8. Tornado [later version) in light blue with the original box.
This one is the hardest of the three Tornado motors to find.
9. Early K&O Mercury.
Often comes on a small wooden boat. Very small. Says Mercury on the back
plate but really doesn't look much like a real Mercury. Pretty rare.
10. K&O Pheasant:
This is the exact same motor as the early version of the Tornado above.
The only difference is that it's painted white and has the Pheasant decal on
it. Not sure if K&O made this version or someone else. Thank
you to Don Srybash for the picture.