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Credit for the first outboard motor is often (mistakenly) bestowed on Ole Evinrude. The story goes that he was courting his future wife and could not get to their favorite picnic spot on the river before their ice cream melted. (Most credit Yale law student Cameron Waterman as the creator of the first mass produced outboard motor almost five years before Ole). Regardless of who actually produced the first motor, the Evinrude name went on to become almost synonymous with outboard motors. By the time Ole Evinrude died in the 1930's his company would own the following brands: Evinrude, Elto, Lockwood-Ash, Koban, Outboard Motors Corporation and a few I have probably forgotten. (Shortly after Ole's death they would also buy Johnson)

Since the mid 1950's Evinrude & Johnson outboards have shared just about everything in engineering with the only differences being modest changes in outer styling, paint and decals. Despite the motors from the 50's, 60's, 70's and newer being 99% the same as sister company Johnson, I personally have had better luck with the Johnsons I have owned - I can't explain why!

1922 Evinrude Model A

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Year & Model:
1922 Evinrude Model A (Row Boat Motor)
Horsepower: 2 @ ? rpm

Bore: "
Stroke: "
Ignition: Bbattery ignition + lighting!
Point Gap: .018
Cooling: Water by piston pump
Condition: Restored
Retail price when new: $
Weight: 76 lbs.
Oil/Gas Mix: 2/3pt TCW-3
Spark Plug:



1954 Evinrude 7514 Fleetwin 7.5 hp.

Original 1954 Evinrude 7.5

1954 Evinrude teaser ad & the Fleetwin.


Year & Model: 1954 Evinrude 7514 Fleetwin
Horsepower: 7.5 @ 4,000 rpm
- alternate firing
Bore: 2.125 "
Stroke: 1.75"
Ignition: OMC Universal Magneto
Point Gap:.020
Cooling: Water by rubber impeller

Condition: Unrestored
Retail price when new: $235.00
Weight: 49 lbs
Oil/Gas Mix: 1/2 pt TCW-3
Spark Plug: Spark Plug: Champion J-6J (now J-6C)

In 1954 Evinrude completely updated the 7.5 from the previous model. The new motor offered full gearshift and new "Whispering Power" later "Aquasonic" underwater exhaust and rubber isolation of the powerhead. (Didn't a well known auto maker brand "Whispering Power" in the 1930's? Possibly why it became Aquasonic!)

The motor seen here is an original unrestored example showing only minimal use. The magneto failed in the early 1960's and the motor was stored in the owner's basement for almost 40 years. With new coils it runs like a champ and is a great motor to use on our 12' skiff. It has a maximum speed of 16.4 mph (via GPS) with Harry, me, our usual gear and a full tank of fuel. And if you are just putting, you can run all day on a tank of fuel.


1970 Evinrude Mate 1.5 hp.

Original 1970 Evinrude 1.5

1970 Mate and 1990 Junior

Modern Classic!

Year & Model: 1970 Evinrude 1002 Mate
Horsepower: 1.5 @ 4,000 rpm
Bore: 1.5625"
Stroke: 1.375"
Ignition: OMC Universal Magneto
Point Gap:.020
Cooling: Water by rubber impeller
Condition: Unrestored
Retail price when new: $142.50
Weight: 20 lbs
Oil/Gas Mix: 3 oz TCW-3 per gallon gas
Spark Plug: Spark Plug: Champion J-6J (now J-6C)

While not exactly an antique, these little Mates were very popular when I was a kid. I remember getting my first one in about 1975 and thinking how cool it was to have a "new" outboard. (Okay, it was 6-7 years old at the time, seized, dragged behind a car for miles and completely corroded - but far newer than any other outboard I had ever owned!)

Seriously, these are fine little outboards, light, reliable and very easy to repair. The early versions (as the Mate shown here) had a steel fuel tank that corroded easily and the plastic cowls became very brittle as the years passed. In 1971 the motors were improved with a recoil starter and compression was boosted to deliver 2hp. Other improvements were made over the 22 years they were produced to combat rattles and corrosion

The very last models like the 1990 Junior seen on the left were rated at the prop and only at 1.2hp. However, the plastic flexi-prop and other improvements delivered a higher rpm and these late model motors have been found to have better performance than the earlier 1.5 and 2hp versions.

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