Continental Motors Corporation (1905-1969) | Historical Construction Equipment Association
Continental Motors Corporation was founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1905. Its first product was a four-cylinder, four-cycle L-head motor operated by a single camshaft. Its Industrial Sales Division (also identified as its Division of Industrial Engineering) in Muskegon, Michigan, produced engines for industrial equipment; Continental’s letterhead as of Mar 1946 lists only the Muskegon address.
Continental developed its first airplane engine in 1906, produced automobiles in 1932 and 1933, and provided engines for a number of car manufacturers. Teledyne Inc. (Collection 1447) acquired the company in 1969; as of May 2009, Teledyne Continental Motors was headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, and was manufacturing aircraft and turbine motors.
• H prefix – Heavy Duty four-cylinder industrial engines.
• P prefix – Industrial power unit, numbered independently of Industrial engines (i. e., the P10A power unit is the same as the Y2 engine).