Clinton Outboard Motors

   The Clinton Outboard has its roots in Clinton, Michigan. Clinton Machine Company had been manufacturing gears for tank turrets during WW II. After the war, owner Don Thomas saw a need and decided to manufacture a line of small gasoline engine.

   His company and sales grew rapidly. Toward the end of 1946, the company employed over 1000 employees. And, by 1949 with soaring sales, they had out-grown the plant in Michigan.

   In 1950 Don Thomas purchased a factory in Maquoketa, Iowa. This factory had manufactured huge industrial saws made by the Maquoketa Company.

   Up to 1954, Clinton Engines had manufactured single cylinder air cooled engines, inboard engines and chain saws. Clinton introduced its first Outboard motors in 1954. Through the years the Clinton Outboards have been sold under many different brand names and through many different sales outlets.

   The Outboard Industry was changing in the early 60's and Clinton needed capital to modernize their plant. Mr. Thomas was unable to raise the capital required and sold the company to "The Charnay Group of New York". With the new management team in place, Clinton Engines floundered for awhile with very little improvement.

   In 1966, "Clinton Engines" ran out of money and filed for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy court approve sale of Clinton Engines to a Mr. Martin Hoffinger of "Lomart Company". He down scaled the Clinton operation and reopened in 1967.

   They continued to manufacturing small engines. By 1980 the chain saw and outboard divisions were sold off and liquidated. The only portion of Clinton that remained was the Clinton Engines Parts Department.

   Hard core parts for these outboards are getting more difficult to find as time goes on. Many older outboards used common Ignition and Carburetor venders for that period. Discount Marine Parts has Ignition and Carburetor repair kits for most all of these older outboards. If we don't have what your looking for, we have many sources to locate your part. Obviously some parts are just not available. We can sometimes find it used and often we have the part made if there is enough demand. Discount Marine Parts has a large inventory of parts for most brands of American made Outboards, Inboards and Sterndrives. We also have most parts and service manuals available.

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Clinton   Model Year Guide

1954 - 1970       1971 - 1980

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906-466-2180       Bark River, MI 49807       906-466-0217

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