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1915. Ref AA below
1916. Ref AA below
1917. Ref AA below
1917.
1920. Ref AA below
January 1920. 12 cylinder Manitou engine.
January 1920. 800hp, 12 cylinder Sikh engine.

Note: This is a sub-section of Sunbeam.

For a year before the outbreak of WWI, Louis Coatalen had experimented with aero-engines

During WWI, until Rolls-Royce started producing aero-engines, Sunbeam were the only British company that was really producing anything considered suitable although even they had problems with vibration.

Sunbeam also built complete aeroplanes at Moorfield Road including the Avro 504Ks, Short Biplanes and some Short land-planes

1917 Sunbeam designed and built their own bomber with a 200 hp 'Arab' engine but it was abandoned soon after

In the late 1920s Coatalen produced a 100 hp engine for aero use but it did not go in to production


Engine Models

  • Sunbeam Crusader V8, 150 hp (110 kW)
  • Sunbeam Zulu V8, 160 hp (120 kW), developed from Crusader
  • Sunbeam Mohawk V12, 225 hp (168 kW)
  • Sunbeam Gurkha V12, 240 hp (180 kW), developed from Maori
  • Cossack V12, 320 hp (240 kW), 18.4 litres
  • Nubian V8, 155 hp (116 kW), 7.7 litres
  • Afridi V12, 200 hp (150 kW), 11.476 litres
  • Maori V12, 250 hp (190 kW), 14.7 litres, developed from Afridi
  • Sunbeam Amazon Straight-6, 160 hp (120 kW), 9.2 litres, developed from Cossack
  • Sunbeam Saracen Straight-6, 200 hp (150 kW), 11.2 litres, developed from Amazon
  • Sunbeam Viking W18 "Broad Arrow" 450 hp (340 kW), 33.6 litres, developed from Cossack
  • Arab V8 200 hp (150 kW), 11.8 litres
  • Sunbeam Bedouin inverted V8, 200 hp (150 kW), 12.3 litres, developed from Arab
  • Manitou V12, 325 hp (242 kW), 14.7 litres, developed from Maori
  • Sunbeam Tartar V12, 300 hp (220 kW), 15.4 litres
  • Sunbeam Kaffir W18 "Broad Arrow" 300 hp (220 kW), developed from Arab, 18.3 litres
  • Sunbeam Spartan V12, 200 hp (150 kW), 14 litres, air-cooled
  • Sunbeam Matabele V12, 400 hp (300 kW), 22.4 litres, developed from Cossack
  • Sunbeam Malay Five-pointed star arrangement of 20 cylinders, 500 hp (370 kW), 29.4 litres
  • Sunbeam Pathan Straight-6, 100 hp (75 kW), 8.8 litres, diesel
  • Sunbeam Dyak Straight-6, 100 hp (75 kW), 8.8 litres
  • Sikh V12, 800 hp (600 kW), 64.1 litres

See Also

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Sources of Information

  • Powered Vehicles made in the Black Country by Jim Boulton and Harold Parsons. Published 1990. ISBN 0 904015 30 0