27,000 RPM Tie Clip (May, 1962)

POWER TIE CLIP by L. M. Cox Co., Santa Ana Calif., is an operating internal combustion engine. The motor has a displacement of only .01 cubic inch, with a piston hardly larger than the head of a pin. It can fly a very small model airplane, however. As a tie clip it is decorative but non-operable unless you carry with you the 1-1/2-volt battery to attach to its glow head and a drop or two of fuel. Rotary valve engine does 27,000 rpm. Gift-packed, with manual, $8.

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  1. Boing Boing says: July 9, 20079:37 am

    Engine rings…

    A gearhead jeweler is selling handmade rings shaped like car engines on eBay. From the item description: My name is David Kauffung. I’ve loved anything to do with cars and engines my entire life. 15 years ago, I start dabbling in jewelry. Now I bring…

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