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Auction date: Apr 11, am BST. Hammer price: Interested in the price of this lot? Subscribe to the price guide. Location: Nr Wickham Market, Suffolk. Petters Limited Engine Information in Tabular Format Note that A1 W1 Series II, A1 - W1, 1½ to 5hp, Petrol/TVO, Magneto, to , - Lister Petter Engines - Current Models. Petter Engines - Obsolete Models. . Note 1: M engines with serial numbers - , - and
Another first came in with the introduction of the four-stroke engine, called the "Petter Universal and Petrol" since This engine, in various sizes, proved very popular as a generating set and pumping set unit; many thousands were used by the British Air Ministry and War Department throughout World War II.
Production on this engine ceased in It became the work horse from post-WWII days towith many modifications including a water-cooled version. It was used on such equipment as milking machines and saw benches and to drive farm equipment. Inthe engine industry was and nationalizing its ranges and during that time, Petters Ltd. Each individual company carried on as an autonomous unit, but agreed to build a limited range of engines to avoid duplication and competition amongst themselves.
Sir Ernest and Percy Petter became directors on the new board. The winds of war were blowing across Europe again by then, though, and the British government aircraft production increased. In response, the new chairman of Associated and of Petters, A. Good, moved all engine production to the British Electrical Engine Co. Westland Works became Westland Aircraft Co.
Ina new type of superscavenger engine went into production and continued to be made throughout the war, but it proved to be the last of the two strokes. Called the SS, this engine came in 2- to 6-cylinder versions with from to hp.
Inthe SS was phased out and its design passed to Wireless, another group company similar to Associated. Also at this time, another heavy engine company, J. McLaneas, was acquired by Associated. Closely linked with Petters, McLaneas already was building some small Petter A type engines when the acquisition occurred. Inthe British Electrical group took over all the Associated group's factories as a holding company, and British Electrical Engineering Co.
This is where I became involved. We made small electric motors and switchboards. Inthe firm transferred production to Cardiff, Wales, so I transferred to J. McLarens in Leeds, and this is where my involvement began with Petters. I completed my apprenticeship and joined McLaren's Service Division. InMcLarens purchased the old "Lagonda" car factory in Staines, Middlesex, and commenced building small Petter engines there.
Inthe whole Petter company was moved out of the British Electric factory at Loughborough to the Staines factory and renamed Fetters Ltd. The first managing director was Capt. Dick Petter, a son of one of the twins.
The service department didn't move to Staines, but formed a new division and moved to premises near Loughborough at Burton on the wolds, and init was decided to move McLaren Service there. From then, I gradually took over all the Petter engine information.
The History of the Petter Engine
With the move to Staines, several new engines were put into production, the petrol engine A type and various models carried on into the late '60s, but their most productive engine, the AVA and AV 4-stroke diesel started in and was developed and increased in bore and hp and re-named the PH and PHW, and continued through the production life of the Staines factory.
Ina celebration luncheon was held at Staines in honor of Sir Ernest Petter and Percy Petter, who were by then 80 years old. Also, other original directors from the Yoevil factory as well as Capt.
Dick Petter were present. Within two years of that event, both twins died, and inCapt. Other members of the Petter family - there were 15 brothers and sisters - were involved in the firm at different times.Petter A1 Running after Restoration
Most notable among these extremely inventive engineering siblings were Guy, who invented the Sumbock Adding Machine, Harry and Hugh Petter. In the late s, the Staines plant was at its most productive. New engines were rolling off the line to meet high demand in building, civil engineering, marine and electrical applications, and two new engines were introduced.
They were the PAZ1, probably the most successful diesel ever made for small cement mixers, and the AA1, advertised as the smallest lightweight diesel in the world and quickly copied by the Japanese. The Petter-McLaren Service Division also was expert in taking over the service and supply of parts of other companies' engines.
Doing this work, the service division outgrew its space in Staines, and init moved to the larger Armstrong Whitworth Factory at Hamble, near Southampton on the south coast.
This move took place as a consequence of a major takeover of the company in by the Hawker-Siddeley firm. Reorganized, the business was called the Hawker-Siddeley Brush Group.
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