For some obscure reason a lot people think Henry Ford invented the V8 engine. May be it is because he popularized the engine when he fitted it to the model 18 in 1932. In 1902, Léon Levavasseur took out a patent on a light but quite powerful gasoline injected V8 engine. He called it the 'Antoinette' after the young daughter of his financial backer. From 1904 he installed this engine in a number of competition speedboats and early aircraft. A 1909 Antoinette airplane powered by the Levavaseur V8 engine.