Liberty V-12 Model A Airplane Engine, Lincoln Motor Company, circa 1917

Summary

Designed at the urging of the United States government, the 400-horsepower Liberty V-12 engine powered military aircraft during World War I. When General Motors head -- and pacifist -- Billy Durant wouldn't let Cadillac build the engine, Cadillac founder Henry Leland quit in protest, formed Lincoln Motor Company, and produced 6,500 of them. Packard, Ford, Marmon and Buick also built Liberty engines.

Designed at the urging of the United States government, the 400-horsepower Liberty V-12 engine powered military aircraft during World War I. When General Motors head -- and pacifist -- Billy Durant wouldn't let Cadillac build the engine, Cadillac founder Henry Leland quit in protest, formed Lincoln Motor Company, and produced 6,500 of them. Packard, Ford, Marmon and Buick also built Liberty engines.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

circa 1918

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

00.1334.219

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 9.5 in

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