Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Packard 12-Cylinder

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT


  1. Ed, this is a famous engine. In the 1930s it powered Gar Wood's speedboats to world speed records. During WW II it powered American and British PT boats. In that form it was known as the Packard Marine V-12 4M-2500. It produced 2500 hp. PT boats had three of these motors cranking out 7500 hp and able to guzzle 5,000 gallons of 100 octane aviation fuel in a night's patrol. These motors are rare and valuable now.

  2. I am always fascinated by Taken's comments. The man knows machinery!

  3. Yes, "Taken" does know his engines and mahcinery, as well as many other interesting tidbits I've learned from him through his comments. I think he would have enjoyed this show immensely. I have posts lined up for the rest of the week containing some very rare engines, so I'm looking forward to what I might learn about them. Thanks for the comments.