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Title: 1956 Johnson RD 30 rare colour
Post by: Chair on March 10, 2005, 08:25:15 PM
Here's a 1956 30hp Johnson Seahorse that was literally saved from a mad man's axe. Guy Hanson to the rescue takes the credit for totally rebuilding this beauty. Proudly now in my possesion, it has run 10 mins since complete overhaul. For those in the know, this model was only seen in "Holiday Bronze" which was more red than gold. This donk is unusual, in that it was NEVER the correct colour, as the paint chips are the gold color to the metal. It has never had the cowl re painted, it is factory original. The leg was was resprayed on restoration.
We need help here to work this one out. Any clues????????? 

David


Title: Re: Johnson rare colour
Post by: Chair on March 10, 2005, 08:31:41 PM
Here's the original adv. for this motor


Title: Re: Johnson rare colour
Post by: Chair on April 02, 2005, 09:19:48 PM
Just got some info on this outboard. It was suggested by a non member that this motor was probably a special order for the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. If so I'd love to hear from someone who could quantify this guess. It just might clear up the confusion.

At that time it was Johnson's largest outboard. If anybody could comment on what it may have been used for in the Olympics at that time it would be helpful. My suggestion is that it could have been on a support boat for the rowing or yachting or waterskiing. 

David


Title: Re: 1956 Johnson RD 30 rare colour
Post by: Chair on October 20, 2018, 01:16:17 PM
More research, I found this in some raw 16mm footage of the 1956 Olympic rowing that was at Lake Wendouree. I scanned every frame and saw many red Johnson outboards but this one caught my eye. Its not red but appears the same colour as the varnished hull. It looks very similar to my gold Johnson