Engine Of The Day: Continental Motors

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Engines manufactured by Continental 1920s and 1930s powered about four million cars, which seems moderately impressive. Read Daniel Strohl's list of Continental-powered marques, however, and you'll be floored!

Of course, that list should lead you right to Strohl's original Hemmings Motor News piece. It's true that we're looking at an engine company here, not a specific engine model, but we're still impressed by the vast number of vehicles that relied on Continental power. Thanks to Judge Jonny for the tip!
[Hemmings Auto Blogs, Hemmings Motor News]

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Left out Checker Motors, they used Continentals well into the 60s, before switching to GM power for easier emissions certification, and also probably because Continental was getting out of the car engine business.

The company has outlasted pretty much every small automaker that used its engines, now focused entirely on aircraft engines as Teledyne Continental Motors.