Alka The Alka outboard motor motor was produced about ten yers from 1912 and in the prospect you can read that Alka-model 1913 is the first outboard motor with magneto-ignition on the Swedish market. Until then the motors had battery-ignition. If you were out of battery power on the lake rowing was an alternative. It had two starting knobs for forward and backwards start. The magneto was made in Germay by Unterberg & Helme. underwater parts was made of bronze and did not easily corrode.