Volvo Penta Outboard Motors

   Discount Marine Parts has a large inventory of parts for most brands of American Marine Engines and Sterndrives, current and obsolete. We also have most parts and service manuals available.

   For the present time, this Website has focused on engines marketed in the United States. One such outboard motor was the Volvo Penta. Although it had a short run in the U.S, there is a long history of where this outboard originated, dating back to 1911.

   We will list the progression of this Swedish outboard from 1911. We will try and list as much information as we have, but there is a lot of missing data. We will update as we continue our research. There are numerous models manufactured under various brand names through the years. Its been hard to get specific model year information for these makes. The problem is compounded by the fact that outboards were branded with most of these names even after the original company had been sold. For example the Archimedes brand of 1911 has been used off and on through 1978.

   It all started with two brothers by the names of O.W. Hult and C.A. Hult. They were officials of AB Archimedes of Stockholm Sweden. In 1911 they built the worlds first opposed twin outboard. The outboard was marketed as a 2 H.P. in 1912 carrying the name of "Balans", which means opposed. Among other achievements, the Hult brothers introduced the full pivot reverse in 1916. In 1922 the Johnson brothers of South Bend Indiana purchased a license from the Hult's to use their patented invention on their outboards.

   The first Penta outboard apeared in 1922, by the Pentaverken company of Skovde, Sweden.

   In 1930 Volvo became the major shareholding of Pentaverken of Skovde, Sweden. The outboard was moved to Goteborg, Sweden in 1935 and became Volvo Penta.

   In 1944 Electrolux purchases Penta from Volvo. They already own the producer of the Archimedes outboard motor. We do not have the date of that purchase. To our knowledge no outboard motor carried the Electrolux brand name, they were just the manufacturer of record.

   NV Marin was first manufactured in 1954 by Nymans Verkstader, a manufacturer of bicycles in city north of Stockholm, Sweden. The engine was rebranded in later years and sold as Crescent and Monark

   In 1965 both the Penta and Archimedes companys were sold to Nymans Verkstader the manufacturer of Monark-Crescent.

   In 1973 Volvo purchased the rights to the outboard Monark-Crescent. Volvo Penta of North America was formed and the Volvo Penta was marketed in the United States. Some of the Volvo Penta outboard powerheads were made by Honda and Konig Engine (a German engine manufacturer).

   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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Sold under the Following Brands

  Brand Name     Years Sold            Manufactured by          
Archimedes 1911 - 1978 Archimedes   Electrolux   Volvo
Archimedes Penta 1967 - 1974 Nymans Verkstader Volvo
Crescent 1959 - 1974 Nymans Verkstader   Volvo
Monark 1960 - 1974 Nymans Verkstader   Volvo
NV Marin 1954 - 1958 Nymans Verkstader
Penta 1922 - 1978 Pentaverken   Nymans Verkstader   Volvo
Volvo Penta 1974 - 1978 Volvo

Production and Sales of This Line Were Discontinued In   1978

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