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Old 09-15-2019, 05:02:40 PM
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Hello all
During my travels I came across a 5hp Imperia vertical 2 cylinder engine. Made in Britain in around 1925. Well at least that's what the tags tells me.
I've never heard of them and Mr Google tells me didly squat. Has anyone heard of them or know anything about them?

They kinda look like a 2 cylinder Lister D if you squint with your comb over flapping across your right eye.

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Old 09-15-2019, 08:57:21 PM
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Default Re: "Imperia" Stationary Engine

I vaguely remember something in TOMM about one, and it may be this very engine. It was a long time ago; someone else may have the issue at hand.
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Old 09-15-2019, 10:55:38 PM
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There is info on them in the a to z of pommy engines. Also my uncle has a running 4 cyl version and a 2cyl awaiting resto
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Hello all
Thanks for the replies chaps.
A few weeks ago when I spotted this engine I had no idea on the maker. All I knew was it was a 2 cylinder upright engine and I made up my mind there and then that I'd like it in the collection. I just liked it for some reason.
I did some research and I could not, for the life of me, gather any information on Imperia engines except for motorcycles made in Germany.
Now all I need to do now is to be lucky enough to be able to get it into our little collection.

Cheers and ta
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Old 09-16-2019, 06:27:09 AM
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Hi Scotty

I reckon that engine would look nice in my new shed, could pack and post for me.

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Old 09-16-2019, 07:16:29 AM
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Looks heavy , like most British engines. I bet it will run smooth when you get her going. nice pick up.-Cheers-Neil.
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Real nice find Scotty. Now all you got to do it get it home.
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:05:17 PM
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Real nice find Scotty. Now all you got to do it get it home.
Hello all
I have to say this engine is not owned by us. I'm trying to buy it and I have no idea if we will be able to be lucky enough to be able to buy it and bring it home.
I'll be trying awful hard I can tell you.

You wouldn't have information out of that book would you Mick? We don't have it on our shelf.

I doubt if it's the engine that was in TOMM years ago. It's a fresh pull out of the shed after it's been there for 50 years engine.

If I'm been honest. When I first saw this engine the layout reminded me of a 2 cylinder version of an earlier 4 cylinder Kohler engine we have. And then it also reminded me of the inline 4 cylinder air cooled Wisconsin (or Continental maybe) a fantastic chap gave me a couple of years ago. Been a Pommy was the furthermost thing from my thoughts.

Anyway. Time will tell. Hopefully a couple of weeks.

Cheers Scott

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Old 09-18-2019, 02:08:03 AM
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There is no "Imperia" in A-Z of British stationary engines
There is "Imperial" made by Keighley Gas & Oil engine company no pictures
http://www.ploughbooksales.com.au/007940.htm
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What a mystery, it is spelt as "Imperia" so this might make it even more desirable to have in the shed.
Hope you can buy it Scotty.
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What a mystery, it is spelt as "Imperia" so this might make it even more desirable to have in the shed.
Or they could be a heap of crap, hence why everyone threw theirs away.
We should find out by the end of next week. I'm off to a rally today so too busy to do anything about it this week.....

Cheers Scott

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They were sold as part of Aster genny plants, they only say a little about them under that in the a to z pommy book. They have been in the pommy stationary engine mag a few times and thats where we got our info from
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I have heard before about the generating sets but can find no information on them at the moment. But British Imperia was a company set up by the Belgian car maker Imperai in 1924 - 1928 to assemble cars they only assembled about 40 apparantly). Is it possible the engine was actually made in Belgium and re-badged to suit the UK market. Can't seem to find out much about the Belgian company either.
Would like to see a full photograph of the engine though.

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Would like to see a full photograph of the engine though.
Hello Dave.
Certainly: Bad thing is the intake side polaroid was all blurry and crap. Sorry.
Well the Imperia isn't coming home. It was in an online auction near home and someone else outbid me. It is reassuring that the engine will be treasured and not go to scrap. I know that because of the price I was outbid with. So if it was you who outbid me then congratulations. I hope to see it run one day

Cheers Scott
PS: I hate those auctions where the timer keeps going (cause someone is still bidding) even after advertised knock off time.

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Thanks for the photograph Scott. Seems a very heavy, well made engine. Interesting flywheel/pulley setup.

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How much did it sell for Scotty?
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hi scotty i just happen to have one they are very advanced for thare age they cane in petrol and petrol kero the engine number tells you what it is cant rember leigh
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