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1917 Enger Convertible Twelve Engine

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the twelve cylinder engine
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In the Enger convertible twelve for 1917 a purchaser has at his command either a small economical six cylinder engine for ordinary driving or a powerful 12 cylinder when power is needed.

The power plant of this model includes a standard 12 cylinder valve in head engine, with aluminum pistons. A slight shift of a lever six of the cylinders are thrown out of operation, leaving the other six to function as would a standard six cylinder engine.

The advantages claimed for this engine is that with 12 cylinders you always have power and luxury. Then on command by an economy lever switch to a light economical six cylinder engine. Test made in 1917 claimed that the Enger twelve could accelerate from 0-25 MPH in five seconds. Other test claimed 60 MPH in high gear with twelve cylinders and 25 to 35 MPG as a six cylinder.

1917 Enger Six-Twelve Touring Car
1917 Enger Six-Twelve Touring Car

The principle of operation consisted of a cam shaft device located on the steering column that when pushed in a certain direction it would hold open the exhaust valves reliving compression on one cylinder bank. A shutter was also closed to prevents one side of the engine from receiving gasoline. The pistons on the bank not in use were allowed to reciprocate as usual.

1917 Enger Engine
1917 Enger Engine

As a twelve 12 cylinder the Enger engine had 186 cubic inches and developed 55 horsepower using a Stromberg carburetor and Remy ignition. Other features included a Westinghouse starter, ammeter, dual bulb headlights all controlled from the drivers seat. A transmission gearset was of the selective three speed type with shaft drive.

1917 Enger Chassis
1917 Enger Chassis

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