A Dublin man comes up with a new type of car engine from an idea he got while repairing his Rolls Royce.

Five years ago George Coates had a mechanical problem with his Rolls Royce, and stripped down the engine to see what was wrong.  It was during this process that he decided there had to be a simpler method of internal combustion.  Today, press and reporters gathered to see his new design, which he describes as,

A sensational breakthrough.

One piece of solid metal, this new engine part replaces all the valves on a conventional engine.  Initial tests have been successful, and it will also run on lead-free fuel.  Multinational motor companies have already expressed an interest in the design.  As George explains, 

It’s far cheaper to manufacture.  It’s a one-piece.  A very simple idea.  The main thing is it works.

George Coates (1983)
George Coates (1983)

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 June 1983.  The reporter is Alan McCullough.