Hybrid From 1916: The Owen Magnetic - Jay Leno's Garage

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Sherlock Holmes described electricity as "the high priestess of false security" and that aptly describes the wonder of how this Owen Magnetic generates electricity using a gas engine.
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Hybrid From 1916: The Owen Magnetic - Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage


  1. Starlight Wolves
    Starlight Wolves
    8 саат мурун

    I was bummed you didn’t show an old car battery from 1916, so I googled it and quickly realized why... they look the same as a car battery from 2016. Kind of a shame really.

  2. Raymond Gibson
    Raymond Gibson
    9 саат мурун

    Great car the magnitics....

  3. Justin Sayne
    Justin Sayne
    12 саат мурун

    A locomotive uses a diesel engine to spin a generator that feeds electricity to motors on the wheels that drive the train. This takes advantage of the high torque of electric motors and robust simplicity. This car has none of that. A noisy, smelly generic gasoline engine is hooked to a standard drive train with a magnetic coupling, that is all. No transmission but everything else, including the crank to start the engine. The whole thing is a clever gimmick. A hybrid car has more parts- a motor and an engine, batteries for motive power and regenerative braking, and which can be externally charged. This car has none of that.

  4. Alessio Sa
    Alessio Sa
    Күн мурун

    like a diesel- electric train

  5. John Vanlindingham
    John Vanlindingham
    Күн мурун

    You are great wish my 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible 440 mag was in you're garage not mine its plum crazy black interior and top sun hates me hear in Florida

  6. Richard Iredale
    Richard Iredale
    Күн мурун

    Man, I'd never heard of this car before. Sounds like it works just like the Fisker Karma, where the ICE never connected directly to the wheels, but instead powered a generator, which in turn powered the batteries and electric drive motor. And, as you mentioned, just like a diesel locomotive. Only drawback is that at speed it's far more efficient to directly connect the ICE with the wheels. As for elegant design I love my Lexus RXh, a Toyota hybrid very similar to the Prius. ICE connected to one shaft of a planetary gearset, electric motor connected to another shaft, and the third shaft drives the wheels. Either or both the ICE and motor can drive the car, and when you lightly touch the brakes you get the same motor whine (actually it's now acting as a generator). And no shifting--to go faster you just push down harder and the ICE revs higher, like in an aircraft. Makes shifting transmissions seem so crude by comparison. Wow, spending the equivalent of a quarter-million dollars for this car! When you want to show you can really afford ANYTHING.

  7. rolf johansen
    rolf johansen
    Күн мурун

    This vid ticked all my boxes !!!!

  8. Vincent LoGreco
    Vincent LoGreco
    Күн мурун

    The electric brake has the same sound that the Norristown High Speed trolleys (Philadelphia suburbs) make when they pull into a station.

  9. Argenis perez
    Argenis perez
    Күн мурун

    Jay you have to get yourself a couple JDM cars my good sir

  10. Rome Skujins
    Rome Skujins
    Күн мурун

    Very interesting car. Never heard of it until now.

  11. Pop Warner
    Pop Warner
    2 күн мурун

    I remember about 20 years ago while reading a magazine and the Chevy Volt had a tiny gasoline engine that powered a generator and the car had 2 set of batteries and the car would run on the charged batteries while the other batteries were being charged. and then once the batteries were charged, the tiny gasoline engine would shut off and once the batteries that was powering the car were low. the automatic system would switch the batteries to the fresh charged up batteries. I guess the oil Barrons didn't like this idea. so it never panned out. its a Damn shame

  12. Pop Warner
    Pop Warner
    2 күн мурун

    we Love you Jay. keep doing this. I Love it. you are a Legend.

  13. John Schultz
    John Schultz
    2 күн мурун

    Thank you so much! That was really great. I really enjoy the late 1890’s - early 1900’s, so many things were figured out without any prior technology. They had nothing to build on except what they learned as they went along. Great stuff. Hopefully for Mr. Bill’s sake Sluggo will never buy an Owen Magnetic.

  14. Finkle & Einhorn
    Finkle & Einhorn
    2 күн мурун

    Legend has it; there’s a car made of denim somewhere in jays garage

  15. Rattus Norvegicus
    Rattus Norvegicus
    2 күн мурун

    Superb, absolutely rivetted I was. Would the sealant used in rusty/holed fuel tanks seal that original porous rocker box from the inside? i`ve used it on motorcycle tanks, sitting above very hot old engines for eg. Or is there another good coating for sealing porous aluminium? If so, worth knowing for old engine covers and cases etc.

  16. Steve Bringhurst
    Steve Bringhurst
    2 күн мурун

    I recall a collector enthusiast in Salt Lake City (Chris Linschoten?) had an Owen Magnetic ca 1950-60s-ish, dunno what happened to it, but Bill Harrah usually eventually acquired most of the rare and interesting cars in the region.

  17. Wolf K Wolf K.
    Wolf K Wolf K.
    2 күн мурун

    Thanks for a verty pledasant and inetrsting half hour.

  18. Rob Giordano
    Rob Giordano
    2 күн мурун

    Wow, thanks for the great video! Can't imagine driving this in traffic though!

  19. SMGJohn
    3 күн мурун

    Thats amazing car, surprised systems like that were not used afterwards, it technically makes a lot of sense but I guess pricy as Jesus with all those copper wires in the electric motor.

  20. Mr jason
    Mr jason
    4 күн мурун

    Thanks for shareing

  21. Adam Fletcher
    Adam Fletcher
    4 күн мурун

    21:04 what is a pebble beach Resto look like when a 100 year old wood shines like a mirror, while Jay hides documents.... lol...

  22. Gimmie Thembits
    Gimmie Thembits
    4 күн мурун

    Do a Geo Metro next please!!!

  23. rdouthwaite
    4 күн мурун

    I love this thing.

  24. spikeokc
    4 күн мурун

    LOVED this 'trip down OBSCURITY lane'. This is, hands down, the most unusual engine/motor car I've ever seen! Even though the Owen's Magnetic was fast for it's day, it wasn't ingenious for that reason, which seems to be the standard by which automobiles are judged. The engine basically idled while the electric motor transmission propelled it AND slowed it down! It's kind of funny, in the infancy of the 'horseless carriage', a car going 60mph was like the speed of light but there were VERY few speed limit zones. Nowadays, street cars can reach 200+mph but can only do that (legally) on the racetrack or the autobahn. Thanks, Mr. Leno!

  25. callmebigpapa
    4 күн мурун

    I hope one day we can export the consciousness of brilliant people like Justus Entz imagine what he could do with current technology!

  26. Alpha Sigma Sezón
    Alpha Sigma Sezón
    4 күн мурун

    Wonderfull !

    1. Alpha Sigma Sezón
      Alpha Sigma Sezón
      4 күн мурун

      Wonderfull !

    2. Alpha Sigma Sezón
      Alpha Sigma Sezón
      4 күн мурун

      Wonderfull !

  27. Яасир Шахид
    Яасир Шахид
    5 күн мурун

    Been waiting for this video 🤩

  28. Joey Dehart
    Joey Dehart
    5 күн мурун

    I have never been jealous of Jay Leno's garage. I am more of happy he has his garage cause he is the best custodian of these historical relics. Thank you so much for sharing this with us and for caring for these cars.

  29. Mrs. RealTruther
    Mrs. RealTruther
    5 күн мурун

    This is just incredible info. I am on fire for this history. WHY WHY WHY would it benefit us to stray from this? Electric cars at the turn of the century. Begs alot of questions... Here's one. They had electric cars back then, but they drove them on DIRT roads? Thank you, Jay, for sharing.

  30. Matthew Eitzman
    Matthew Eitzman
    5 күн мурун

    When was the first sexual act performed in an automobile?

  31. Jack McCoy
    Jack McCoy
    5 күн мурун

    Professor Leno, love the history and cars!

  32. radioguy1620
    5 күн мурун

    Not to correct Jay but you didnt grind gears on a model T, that being said of course other makes you did, I really like this car and its ideas.

  33. radioguy1620
    5 күн мурун

    Jay it would be great if you could post a link or title of the vid you made with the electricly braked fire truck , fits right in with this story in a way.

  34. Paul West
    Paul West
    5 күн мурун

    Nice! That's as rare as my 1965 Ford Ranger F100! Even you don't have one!

  35. bkram
    5 күн мурун

    loved the presentation.I’m a car buff, an electrician, and have always preferred the hybred system of electric car.

  36. J K
    J K
    5 күн мурун

    Jay, would Nickle Iron cells not be a better match for automotive use? lead acid cells can be damaged if run down too far, Edison cells don't mind being run down flat.

  37. WTH Happened to this world
    WTH Happened to this world
    5 күн мурун

    That car was in bad shape. Looks so nice and modern tech added to improve the battery life.

  38. Jay Wilson
    Jay Wilson
    5 күн мурун

    Awesome Mr. Leno! Thanks once again for showcasing these vehicles. Your work establishes the legacy these devices and their creators deserve. What an awesome automobile. I had no idea that internal combustion over electric was developed so long ago.

  39. JonnyTBooker
    6 күн мурун

    Too many unanswered questions? Will it run on batteries alone? If the gas motor isn’t going? Can you use the foot brake in an emergency? Will it work? Or must you use the “electric brake” first? Or at the same time? Is there any control of the speed? Or is each gear your only speed control? SUPER KOOL CAR!!! Way ahead of it’s time!

  40. eottoe2001
    6 күн мурун

    Where did he find it?

  41. cameraz99
    6 күн мурун

    What an awesome car, especially considering when it was built!

  42. dh
    6 күн мурун

    at 28:33 on the dashboard what cool clocks to look at, at the top dashboard, is that look like a bainite light bulb socket, so can you put a light bulb in it back in the early day of house electric, some small electric appliances would be plugged into a light bulb sockets, because of a lack of wall plug sockets, so was there any think you could plug in to it, like the modern cars (Cigar / Cigarette Lighter) utility Socket, being a European car it would 240 volts, or is it just the regular 12/24 volts from the batteries?

  43. tanner schoenwald
    tanner schoenwald
    6 күн мурун

    it looks like a 1924 dodge brothers touring sedan

  44. Kaj Byman
    Kaj Byman
    6 күн мурун

    Cool car,good video,thanks 👍and it's not embarrasing to not know how a over 100 year old hybrid car works..Most of the guys who drive a 2021 hybrid don't have a clue how their car works either..🙄

  45. Ken Strain
    Ken Strain
    6 күн мурун

    Brilliant !

  46. Dra Williams
    Dra Williams
    6 күн мурун

    Fascinating that you have the the manuals and it's more amazing that you have footage from back in the day of the advertising of the vehicle

  47. Dra Williams
    Dra Williams
    6 күн мурун

    Car collection it is magnificent Jay I'm proud of you oh, you really got the greatest cars in the world, every car I fantasized about seeing or having you have it, thank you for keeping our American and world history in automobiles

  48. Dra Williams
    Dra Williams
    6 күн мурун

    Look at the styling that went into the car and it has that historic coachwork look

  49. Dra Williams
    Dra Williams
    6 күн мурун

    Great incredible history when we drive are hybrids we think we're driving something new

  50. James Bowie
    James Bowie
    6 күн мурун

    How does Jay legally drive all of these unregistered vehicles?

  51. tony gristina
    tony gristina
    6 күн мурун

    Fascinating. Jay Leno shows It has all been done before.

  52. James Bowie
    James Bowie
    6 күн мурун

    Beautiful vehicle but it's Owen Magnetic, Jay, not Owens.

  53. Karl Schneider
    Karl Schneider
    6 күн мурун

    and here i thought the toyota prius hybrid was something new

  54. dean coley
    dean coley
    7 күн мурун

    Brilliant Jay, the car is great too

  55. KrK007
    7 күн мурун

    Car manufacturers, circa 2000: "We introduce to the market the latest innovation in cars: The Gasoline Electric Hybrid!" Justus Entz's spirit: Took ya long enough...

  56. Sue Elias
    Sue Elias
    7 күн мурун

    Children would like the jump seats!

  57. Big Fan
    Big Fan
    7 күн мурун

    👍🏻👍🏻, One of the most interesting car videos I've seen, Thanks for sharing !

  58. AlanDavid1955
    7 күн мурун


  59. Laird Nigel P Lawrence
    Laird Nigel P Lawrence
    7 күн мурун

    Mr. Leno, I really enjoyed the video history nothing new about hybrid cars over 100 years ago technology wow

  60. Snarly Whiplash
    Snarly Whiplash
    7 күн мурун

    He Bent the knee now they own him

  61. Stan Wolenski
    Stan Wolenski
    7 күн мурун

    Never watched one of these videos . I find it interesting how it is not slick and we’ll rehearsed. Like a guy showing you his car.

  62. Frank Galetzka
    Frank Galetzka
    7 күн мурун

    What a great car I wonder that no one Made this drive concept You can save the gearbox and it is totaly amazing Take care and greetings from Germany Yours Frank Galetzka

  63. BB Bookes
    BB Bookes
    7 күн мурун

    How fast have you had it up to? How did you hear about it? That is an incredible find! It makes you wonder what hasn't been found yet! Thank You for Sharing.

  64. Daniel Clint
    Daniel Clint
    7 күн мурун

    The suspension is wagon like..

  65. Danny Judge
    Danny Judge
    7 күн мурун

    This general idea is how locomotives work today, because the Diesel engines have so much toque rather than have a drivetrain they just put a generator to electric motors at the wheels

  66. Daniel Clint
    Daniel Clint
    7 күн мурун

    Damn good engineering for era.

  67. Daniel Clint
    Daniel Clint
    7 күн мурун

    That car is beautiful.

  68. Anthony Davis
    Anthony Davis
    7 күн мурун

    Wonderfull car sir

  69. Chev_man _13
    Chev_man _13
    7 күн мурун

    I love how he responds to people on the street. He doesn’t blow them off like what he’s asking is better.

  70. Randall Davis
    Randall Davis
    7 күн мурун

    I consider myself a "car guy" but must admit I never saw or heard of these.

  71. XXX XXX
    8 күн мурун

    Si the owen magnetic was basically the fisker of last century!

  72. Buddy B.
    Buddy B.
    8 күн мурун

    I kept waiting for him to compare it to the Chevy Volt, which he eventually did.

  73. andriod 16
    andriod 16
    8 күн мурун

    nice...never knew something like this existed.....way way back then.

  74. Thomas Bacon
    Thomas Bacon
    8 күн мурун

    Like the rest of your fans I want to thank you for preserving all these treasures. Did want to ask you though, can this vehicle to a panic stop?

  75. Scott Savage
    Scott Savage
    8 күн мурун

    20:49 😍 So kind Jay!! 21:18 Sorry John maybe next time🤣

  76. dave t
    dave t
    8 күн мурун

    this thing was built by a very smart man and could be built to this day

  77. Edward Hanat
    Edward Hanat
    8 күн мурун

    so cool.....

  78. Tommy. Bee. .
    Tommy. Bee. .
    8 күн мурун

    Hey 0. Jayster ...Wink at your Auto Technical Dudes...

  79. bergssprangare
    8 күн мурун

    The inventor was a genius..This still works today and is used on large ships..

  80. bergssprangare
    8 күн мурун

    Buddha, Magnetic, hey knew how to name their brands

  81. Peter Hodge
    Peter Hodge
    8 күн мурун

    Great vid Jay

  82. Kenny Clark
    Kenny Clark
    8 күн мурун

    So the engine runs at a set RPM all the time

  83. P.G. Brexit
    P.G. Brexit
    8 күн мурун

    WE are Now Living in times 100 years Past. & Still they cannot make an ELECTRIC CAR that is actually USEABLE in Normal life. That car is one of the VERY Nicest Styled cars from that Era. TRUE INNOVATION WAS LOST more than 100 Yrs ago ! Here in 2021 We are Going BACKWARDS by 100 years in Motoring innovation. The THICK & STUPID Car Designers are Still Trying to Invent the WHEEL. Hey Car Designers, :- We already Have invented the Wheel. about 10,000 years ago.

  84. bschena
    8 күн мурун

    Beautiful car. Very interesting. But really, Jay doesn't understand what he's driving. It's NOT an electric car and is really nothing like a Volt. It's a conventional gas car with an electronically controlled transmission - unique, yes, an "electric car", nope. If you turn off the gas engine, would the car stop? If it does, then it isn't an "electric car". And, minor point, it's "Owen," not "OwenS". It says it right there on the tin. So much wrong here.

  85. P.G. Brexit
    P.G. Brexit
    8 күн мурун

    Cars were More ADVANCED Back in 1916, Than they are Now. I Never Saw this Car Before or Formula. But I have Said Many times in YT Comments etc. That All Cars should Have Electric Drive, Via Batteries Charged up By a Small Petrol Engine . The Engine is Nothing but a Generator to Charge the Batteries That Drive the Car. Apply My thinking ? maybe Wrong or Maybe I Have got it SPOT ON CORRECT. :- a 100cc or 200cc Motorcycle Engine Running at Just above Tickover Rev's ? Spinning a very Efficient Alternator To Charge up " DEEP CYCLE " or Leisure Batteries , Or EV Car Batteries. ?? Wake Up in a Morning, PRESS the Car KEYFOB, & the Engine Starts & Charges the Drive Batteries for 30 mins While you have Breakfast & a Shower. ( car is Locked & Secure ) As you Get in the Car it has say 30 miles of Distance , As you drive to work the Engine will ad more charge than you actually use. e.g. A 30 mile charge will be at 40 miles of stored power after a 30 mile drive to work. After a Long Journey, & You have 200 miles Stored Up You Plug the Car into the House & Run the House Lights & TV & Fridge From the Car. PLUG IN HOMES, NOT Plug in Cars ! The Opposite of Tesla & Prius Etc. Then Overnight at OFF PEAK Grid times Re-Charge the car. Sunny Day at Home & car Not in Use ? Hook the car up to Your House Solar system to Top up the car batteries Via House Solar. After Dark , Hook the car up to Your Very small Wind turbine. All these Connections & Hook ups would be done ELECTRONICALLY & AUTOMATICALLY by some Charge controller Device / Phone App' etc. In your car ? in your house , ? or by clicking an APP on your Phone to instruct your POWER to be Collected / Delivered to your Chosen Destination. In Day to day use it would be Fully Automatic to the Customer / Car owner / House owner. With a Choice to Swap, Change , Override for their Preference if Required. Cloudy day / Location But Plenty of Wind, The system would seek out the best Useable Free energy Source / The Cheapest Energy source as per Car / Household Needs at that time of day. IF the House runs low on Power ? then start the Car petrol Generator to top up the House battery bank. Car to house, House to car, Vice a versa options for powering / Charging Either use demand. Friday night watch TV powered by Excess / surplus charge from the car. Sunday Night Charge the Car from Excess / Surplus power from the House . Connect the House & car Power Via a Car charge Cable & allow a Computer to Mix & match Both or Either as Required. Arrive Home at 4pm & have a glass of wine, Hence you will not need the car until next morning. = 16 Hours of Trickle charging from Wind or house Solar Batteries.

  86. MrGordonjames
    8 күн мурун

    I am a Tela fan since 1972.!! It was Nikola Tesla who invented the Dynamo machine in 1887 NOT ENTZ..Entz some how stole ?? it for his own BS...read on or go to wiki.... All in all i am so glad Entz did build a car with Teslas ideas..and it is awesome..Thank you Jay for the great knowledge and ride.!! Dynamo electric machine - 1887 March 22 - Improve construction; Facilitate easier construction; Reduce the cost; Magnetic frame; Armature; Alternating current synchronous motor. U.S.Patent nb 381969.Electrical Transmission of Power - 1888 May 1 - New method or mode of transmission; Dynamo motor conversion with two independent circuits for long distance transmission; Alternating current transmission; Includes a disclaimer; Economic; Efficient. U.S. Patent nb 382,280 and finally U.S Patent Nb..390,721 Dynamo Electric Machine - 1888 October 9 - Relates chiefly to the alternate current machine invented by Tesla; Related to patents numbered US381968 and US382280; Seeks to avoid mechanical drawback of running high frequency machines; Efficient at low speeds; Producing rotating magnetic poles in one element of the machine and drive the other at a different speed.of which ENTZ used.!!

  87. Harold Lamble
    Harold Lamble
    8 күн мурун

    Very cool never herd of this car .

  88. Pepe Epstein
    Pepe Epstein
    8 күн мурун

    Only a few minutes in . The 3D printing is amazing . Great job . I'm wondering if Jay ever mentions why the valve cover is black & white ? I believe it's for the magnetic polarity .

  89. N Jones
    N Jones
    8 күн мурун

    Huge fan ! From a fellow Andover boy !

  90. Pepe Epstein
    Pepe Epstein
    8 күн мурун

    Love this channel !! Jay Leno seems like good people .

  91. Bob Craftsman
    Bob Craftsman
    8 күн мурун

    amazing how similar (maybe even copied the patent) the toy prius is (which began in japan production 1997) .... no coincidence there .... Prius transmssion uses a planetary gear system & CVT - but much of principle appears borrowed from cars like this)

  92. Brent Nearhood
    Brent Nearhood
    8 күн мурун

    Thanks! Jay

  93. Danny Day
    Danny Day
    9 күн мурун

    Jay, you and your team really did a great justice to the creator of this awesome vehicle! Could you imagine taking him for a ride in it today? How cool.... Great Job!

  94. Skip Ross
    Skip Ross
    9 күн мурун

    Try coating the inside of that valve cover with glyptal.

  95. Youri Carma
    Youri Carma
    9 күн мурун

    Actually this car could also be an inspiration for the future. A small hydrogen engine running steady optimal rpms feeding the electric batteries for an electric car.

  96. Djendo
    9 күн мурун

    Awesome video! Amazing what 3D printing can do nowadays. Glad this car was able to be restored and is in possession of someone who truly cares about it and is able to show it to the world!

  97. Peter B.
    Peter B.
    9 күн мурун

    Drive motor works like a multi speed wiper motor only bigger.

  98. ch3no2killz
    9 күн мурун

    Works just like every diesel electric drive in locomotives and tow boats today, no clutch no trans. infinite speed control!

  99. John Burk
    John Burk
    9 күн мурун

    i feel that people where smarter back then everything's now is almost the same but with just a different name

  100. screaminglizardgod
    9 күн мурун

    And with a lil' shout out to Mr. Bill, too!.. Very cool.