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Daimler single cylinder engine, the Grandfather Clock.

Daimler single cylinder engine, the Grandfather Clock.

Daimler’s Grandfather Clock was the world’s first small high-speed internal combustion engine to run on gasoline. It was light and yet powerful enough to drive a vehicle. The engine was given its epithet because it resembled a grandfather clock. A patent was filed for it in 1885. The unit shown here corresponds to the most powerful version from 1886.

  • Cylinders 1
  • Displacement 28 cu in
  • Output 1.1 hp (0.8 kW)
  • at engine speed 650/min
  • Weight 203 lbs

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