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Engine Profile No.1

Lohmann engine

The Museum has a great many individual engines on display and in store, so we thought it would be interesting to make a regular feature of them. We start with an unusual German made cycle clip-on from the austerity era after WW2.  Attaching below the pedal crank and driving the rear wheel by roller this tiny 18cc two-stroke diesel claimed over 300mpg!  If that wasn't enough the price was only £25.45.  Possessing neither carburettor or ignition system it operates on the (variable) compression ignition system, controlled by the twistgrips and capable of over 5,000 rpm.  Formally classed as a mixture compressing self-igniting two-cycle motor.

First published in the Christmas 2000 edition of the newsletter of the Friends of the National Motor Museum

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