Hemmings Motor News, perhaps the most comprehensive source of ads for antique and otherwise-used automobiles, recently published a short piece about the history of Lycoming Engines. That should come as no surprise, since Lycoming’s earliest engines were for cars and trucks. Indeed, many automobile manufacturers during the 1910s and 1920s used Lycoming engines in their vehicles. Like Continental, Lycoming in its early years had just as much success in building aircraft engines as automotive engines and the rest, as they say, is history.
To read the article: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2009/03/29/sia-flashback-half-hour-history-of-lycoming/