Museum Quality Gas Engine Auction

by Aumann Vintage Power


August 30, 2018


Private Collection in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes , France


Online Only


This is a rare opportunity to own a true piece of internal combustion history! One of the first times an engine of this quality and magnitude has been offered on the open market!

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Auction of Internal Combustion History

Rare Opportunity To Own This Caliber Of Engine

Few Engines Of This Magnitude Are Held In Private Hands!

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

 Auction Begins to End at 7:00 p.m. Central Europe Summer Time/ 12:00 Noon Central Standard US Time

Investment Grade Museum Quality 1880’s Lenoir Engine - This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own this museum quality engine!  It is a true survivor and exhibits an incredible patina that tells it's story.  This is a unique example of an 1880-1885 Moteur Lenoir gas engine in very complete and unprecedented condition.  The engine is an early second generation model and is the only known of it's kind.  It is in original condition and even has the period correct style Ruhmkorff ignition coil and leather belting.  This engine shows very few signs of hard labor in its lifetime.  It operated in a lemonade factory in a town in France called Montlucon.  After the factory was closed, it never was used for any other purpose and was well kept by original owners until the current owner rescued it from it's resting place.  The engine starts without difficulty and it runs perfectly.  It has a lovely, original patina.  A new governor pulley was made to replace the damaged one.  Dimensions of the engine are height 1.55 m. width 1.00 m. length 2.40 m. flywheel 1.50 m.  Please take the time to review the photographs and click on the video tag above to watch the video!

Early Merlin Engine on Original Trucks - Believed to be a 1900 vintage, this Merlin & Cie A Vierzon engine was made in the Cher county of France.  It is in nice, original condition without showing any repairs or cracks.  The wood on the cooling tank is also original along with the original Japy water pump. The original wooden front axle also shows the engine number 322.  The tin roof is in delicate condition showing some material loss.  This is a true survivor engine that should be preserved in this original condition with any mechanical restoration done in a way to preserve the original finish and look.  The dimensions for the engine are height 2.12 m.+ 0.30 m. exhaust. width 1.64 m.  length 3.06 m, flywheel 1.05 m.

Early Small Hot Tube Engine - This small is of unknown make but is possibly a Little Giant.  It is a hot tube engine with curve spoke flywheels.  The engine is believed to be pre-1900 vintage.   Although this engine is not complete it will make someone a nice project engine!  The dimensions are height 0.35 m., width 0.30 m., length 0.60 m., flywheel 0.31 m.

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