Here are a bunch of pictures of REAL outboard
motors. Most of these are from my own collection but there are some that
are owned by other people. If you have a special motor you would like me
to post here just email me the picture with a full description.
Jump to: [Evinrude] [Johnson] [Mercury]
[Elto] [Stands] [Scott
Atwater/Scott/McCulloch] [Viking] [Martin Motors] [Oliver]
[Elgin] [Indian Silver Arrow] [Waterman Marine Motor
CLARKE TROLLER] [Miscellaneous]
1956 Mercury Mark 30H Racing Motor.
Beautifully restored by Travis Rems. These are hard to find and highly sought
after motors. I had this on a Bezoates "C" Class Picklefork
Hydroplane and it was FAST! These motors were made to go fast!
Notice the standard Quicksilver racing lower unit and racing prop.
1962 Mercury Merc 1000 the
World's First 100 HP outboard motor! This motor was found by
my friend Ron. It looks almost new. That front cowl picture is
very impressive and looks like the 1962 Mercury catalog picture. The
motor was sold to another friend Bob McLenaghan and the indoor pictures are of
the motor in it's new home! Bob calls it his "Display Stand
Queen!" It now sits next to some beautifully restored motors.
From left to right, Merc 35a, Mark 78, Merc 1000, Mark 28, and barely seen is
a 1960 Evinrude Lark. Great collection!
3. Mercury KG7
Fishing motor, and KG7-Q and KG7-H Racing motors 1952.
is a famous motor among collectors. The Fishing version is not rare but collectors love them. The first motor
shown is the
standard fishing motor. Note the swept back chrome piece with the
Hurricane tab over it. The second motor is the KG7Q Racing motor.
This was used on normal transom height racing boats, but they had problems
with turning so most collector's prefer the more popular KG7H, the third set
of pictures, which has a
shorter leg and was used on the shorter racing hydroplanes. The KG7H is
a highly sought after racing motor. These motors are usually missing the lower
4. Mercury Mark 7. 1954.
my motor that has been professionally restored by Wayne Bearce. When I
found this motor it was a wreak! Someone had taken a paint brush to it
and it looked awful and wouldn't start. As you can see the motor now
runs great on Wayne's 12 foot aluminum boat! The picture on the boat was
after the mechanical restoration but before the cosmetic restoration.
Wayne does great work!
5. Mercury KG-4 1952.
Not my motor. I
can't remember where I got this picture from but it's on my hard drive and too
beautiful not to share with everyone. Great restoration work by
someone! If it's your motor contact me so I can give you credit for it!
6. 1957 Mercury Mark 75H.
is one of the rarest motors of all time. I think there were less than
100 produced and they are highly sought after. This one was
professionally restored by Bob Shapton.
7. 1950 Mercury KE 7 Hurricane 10 HP.
A great looking motor owned by Rick Pierce. These are wonderful looking
and running motors. The "E" motors are from 1950, the
"F" from 1951 and the famous K"G" 7 from 1952.
8. Mercury Mark 20H racing motor.
Without question, this is the most highly sought after outboard motor in
history. There are motors that are a lot rarer than this one but none
that inspire people the way this one does with it's distinctive gold and green
paint scheme. Only made for a year or two around 1954, they were the hottest
motors on the "B" class racing circuit. Hard to find in this
original condition because racers would totally modify them by adding exhaust
stacks and corn popper lower units to them. This one is not mine but Bob
Shapton is restoring one for me. I can't wait!
9. 1957 Mercury Mark 10.
This motor was beautifully restored by
Wayne Bearce. I just love
the red color contrasted by the white lower unit. You have to love that swept
back look of the lower units on these motors and the neat Dyna-Float emblems
on each side. Wayne tells me that putting on the white pin stripe decals
is a nightmare! I believe it! He did a great job with it!
1989 Bezoates "C" Class Picklefork
Hydroplane. This is the Hydroplane that I had the above
Mercury Mark 30H motor on. It was built by Shannon Bowman, who is a well
known former National Champion Hydroplane driver. This boat was once a
National Champion and used to display the coveted "US-1" on
it's sides. With the Mark 30H this boat was very fast. Shannon
still builds these boats in New Jersey. Notice the racing dead man
throttle. You need to kneel inside and the pounding really takes it's
toll on your knees. I sold this boat to Travis in 2004 because my knees
can't take the pounding anymore!
1955 Mercury Mark 55 40 HP: This
motor has been beautifully restored by John De Montigny in Wisconsin.
I've always liked this year motor because of the wonderful
"airplane" decal on the sides. It's also the real motor that
the first K&O Mercury motor was replicated from. The faceplate is
also a very nice design.
Mercury Merc 1250 Stacker: This
is an awesome Merc 1250 Stacker owned by Gary MacNorius. A famous story
happened in March 2005, at the Mt. Dora antique boat show where Gary brought
his MTZ boat with this Stacker. Early one morning he started it up to take a
ride on the lake and the police were called because it was too loud!
Someone I know heard it from many blocks away! What an awesome
combination! Gary completely restored the MTZ himself.
The Gale and
Buccaneer motors were actually made by OMC who made the Evinrude and Johnson
motors. The Gale and Buccaneer were the 'economy' version of their
motors and sold for less money. They were usually a few horsepower
less then the Johnson and Evinrude versions. Most of the parts,
however, for all the OMC motors were interchangeable.
Buccaneer 25 HP: This
is the real motor version of the K&O toy outboard motor
version. Until recently, I thought that this styled Buccaneer
was only made as a 25 HP but see the motor below that's a 35 HP
motor. Thank you to Wayne Bearce for the pictures of
Buccaneer 35 HP: This
looks like the exact same motor as the 25 Hp but notice that it's a
35 HP. I believe this was made in 1959 as the maybe the manual
start version and the all white motor, the 35 HP Gale Sovereign, was
the deluxe electric start version. Does anyone know for sure?
Ole Evinrude. He sold Evinrude in the 1913 when
his wife Bess, who was the marketing genius for Evinrude, got sick. When
her health returned in 1919 Ole showed his genius again by making an outboard motor out of aluminum which was much lighter than the iron and bronze
motors of the day. Evinrude's new company was called Elto, for Evinrude Light Twin Outboards.
Stands to Hold Motors
The Viking brand of motors were made by OMC, the
same company that made Evinrude and Johnson, and was the same as the
Buccaneer brand of OMC motors. Usually had the Viking ship as
part of the decal and came in neat colors not offered by other
Viking 25 HP:
This is the 1958 Viking 25 HP outboard motor. It was made by OMC
and is the same exact motor as the 1958 Buccaneer 25 HP motor, other
than decals and color.
The Martin brand of outboard motors have a very faithful
following of collectors who love them. They have a great reputation as
good running motors. The decal usually had the Fisherman logo on it.
The Oliver brand of outboard motors were made by the
famous Oliver tractor company. The toy version of the 1958
Olympus 35 HP is one of the highly sought after motors by
The Elgin motor was produced for Sears and was extremely
popular. Millions were made and sold. Not popular amongst most
collectors but still considered a good running motor.
The Indian Silver Arrow outboard motor was made by the famous
Indian Motocycle Company of
(The 'r' in 'motorcycle' was intentionally left off by the company). It's one of the most sought after motors in the
outboard collecting world because they were only made in 1930. The beautiful exhaust
casting truly distinguishes this motor from any other. Indian purchased
the Hartford Sturdy Twin design and machining in late 1929 from Gray & Prior
Machine Company of
. Indian did not begin selling their new Silver Arrow until early 1930.
They spent the latter part of 1929 designing their fancy muffler which probably
did more to damage a good running outboard instead of improving it. The
Indian outboard was not manufactured after August 1930 when, then company
president, E. Paul Dupont (of the paint company fame), made the decision to
return to building motorcycles instead of other non-profitable items. This
was a wise decision since Indian Motorcycles survived the Great Depression and
were produced until the mid-1950s.
Indian manufactured approximately 1,500 Silver Arrow outboard motors.
Approximately the first 600 motors were manufactured with cast-aluminum gas
tanks and were considered 1930 models. The last 900 were manufactured with
two-piece pressed aluminum gas tanks of a slightly larger size and were
considered 1931 models (even though they were manufactured in 1930). The
cast-aluminum gas tanks did not use decals. Instead, an aluminum painted
“Indian” nameplate was pinned to the back of the tank. The price for
one of these motors was originally $185 but they apparently didn't sell well as
new motors were still being sold as late as 1933. This is probably because
they were sold from motorcycle shops and not all shops are near the water.
Indian also didn't publish any owner's manual or a part's list for the motor.
I want to thank Tom Oncken, the AOMCI Indian Silver Arrow Special
Interest Group leader for all the wonderful information on this unique and
interesting motor! Thanks Tom!
Indian Silver Arrow: One of the most highly sought
after outboards in the real outboard collecting world. This is a
beautifully restored motor. I'm not sure, however, if the color
blue is correct for this motor. I thought that they were all of
the dull aluminum paint type but I'm not sure. Thanks to Tom
Oncken, I just found out the answer! They were never
made with the blue painted tank and engine! It looks nice but is
Indian Silver Arrows in Unrestored condition: These
Silver Arrows. Notice that they are not blue in color. Also,
notice that the pressed aluminum tanks had decals whereas the cast
aluminum tanks had a nameplate screwed onto it.
Oncken's restored 1930 Indian Silver Arrow:
Wow! This is Tom's completely restored 1930 Indian Silver
Arrow. Notice that the tank is polished aluminum and not
painted. Also, notice that Tom's motor has the decal instead of
the nameplate on the tank so it's the pressed aluminum tank. Collectors call this the 1931 model because of
the pressed aluminum tank, even though all Silver Arrows were made in 1930, the last one being made in August 1930.
Great restoration job Tom!
Also, look at the Indian Newsletter from February 1930, which announced
the Silver Arrow to the world. Very little literature exists about
this motor and information is hard to find.
Indian Silver Arrow with Cast Aluminum gas tank and name plate:
A very nice
original motor with the cast aluminum gas tank and the name plate
instead of the decal. That makes this motor an early motor and
considered by collectors to be the 1930 model. Notice, the
original name plate used on the early 1930 models.
Original Indian Silver Arrow outboard motor stand: A
great find! This is an original Cast Iron Indian Silver Arrow outboard motor
stand. Notice that the word 'Indian' was cast upside down on
the stand. All of the Indian stands have that mistake.
Ole Evinrude has always been called the
Father of the Outboard motor, and rightfully so since his mass production of the
Evinrude Row Boat Motor truly put the outboard motor on the map. But, the
Evinrude motor wasn't the first outboard ever made and, as it turns out, not the
first commercially produced outboard motor. This title goes to Cameron B.
Waterman and the Waterman "Porto" outboard motor who started
commercial production in 1905.
The Sears-Roebuck Waterwitch was made from
1936 to 1945 and was a private brand motor but built for Sears by some of the
famous outboard motor companies, including Johnson outboard motors who made the
Model 550.75 Waterwitches from 1938 to 1940. Famous for their two popular
models, one dubbed the "torpedo" style and the other the "Mae
West" models for obvious reasons!
Clarke Troller may be the most unusual outboard motor ever made. It
was developed by D.R. Clarke and his Clarke Engineering Company in Detroit,
Michigan because Clarke was unhappy with the cantankerous outboard motors of
the day. What made it so unique was that the 1.2 HP motor was
completely underwater in the lower unit! This made it easier to
cool and made the need for gears obsolete because the prop shaft acted as
the crankshaft! You started the motor by putting a rope around a
sheave on the propeller then lowered it into the water once started.
The top of the motor held the coil, gas tank, and carburetor controls.
These were battery ignition not magneto. The Clarke Troller was only
made from 1937 to 1941 and sold for $35. It was 21 inches high and 10
lbs. and fit into it's own canvas carry bag! Very rare and highly
sought after by collectors.
Bearce's great display of small outboard motors: This
is an awesome display of small outboard motors owned by premier outboard
collector Wayne Bearce. From left to right the motors are:
1940 Water Witch, model 571.33, 0.75 HP
1946 Elgin, model 571.301, 1.25 HP
1937 Johnson, model 110, 1.7 HP
1948 Atlas royal, model 1A5, 1.5 HP
1937 Elto Pal, model 4203, 0.9 HP
1940 Elto Ace, model 4351, 1.8 HP
1946 Sea King, model 381, 1 HP
1940 Evinrude Mate, model 4263, 0.5 HP
fast outboard boat! Now
this is interesting. This boat has 8 Yamaha 250 HP outboard motors
on it! How fast can this baby go?
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