Otto Engine, circa 1883

Otto, Nikolaus, 1832-18911880/1885

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

Nikolaus Otto's engines -- originally using coal gas, not gasoline -- were the first internal combustion engines to challenge the supremacy of the steam engine. They were hugely successful, needing neither boiler (cheaper initial investment and greater safety) nor licensed operators (lower operating expenses); plus they offered greater readiness -- they could simply be started, there was no waiting period to raise steam.

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  • Title: Otto Engine, circa 1883
  • Creator: Otto, Nikolaus, 1832-1891
  • Date Created: 1880/1885
  • Subject Keywords: Internal combustion engines, Engines (Power producing equipment)
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=118195
  • Object Name: Internal combustion engine
  • Object ID: 00.4.502
  • Image ID: THF95527
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.
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