Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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"1966 Arctic Cat  560D" "1966 Arctic Cat 560D"
The 1966 560D may very well be the heaviest snowmobile ever built by Arctic Cat, weighing in at 890#. The “D” signifies the fiberglass hood versus the all steel cab machines. This model was produced only in 1966 and 51 units were made. The track is 7 ft. longer and 7 ft wider than prior 450D and 460D model. The machine is powered by an Onan “CCK” 16 hp engine with electric start. The unit has a disc brake and reverse transmission.

"1968 Mercury  150E" "1968 Mercury 150E"
Kiekhaffer Marine Corporation entered the snowmobile business in 1968 with the model 150E, utilizing the motor from the Mercury chainsaw. The engine were not designed for use in a snowmobile and were very prone to over heating and subsequent engine failure. Mercury was quick to retrofit most 150E models found today with large holes cut in the side of the hoods in an attempt to improve engine cooling. The chainsaw hanging over the Mercury snowmobile is a 1948 Mercury model KB7-B with the same engine as used in the snowmobile. Men were “real men” to use this saw. Owner: Aaron Schroeder Engadine, MI

"1969 SnoWolf" "1969 SnoWolf"
The SnoWolf snowmobile was manufactured in Minneapolis, Minnesota by the Powerall Corporation in 1969. This 6958-C model is 1 of only 50 that were produced. The SnoWolf, weighing 209 lbs, featured an 8 hp Chrysler/Couparral motor and claimed to carry two adults with a top speed of 40 mph.

"1971 Phantom" "1971 Phantom"
The Phantom snowmobiles were manufactured for only the 1970 and 1971 model years by the Williamsburg Bronze Corporation in Kingswood, West Virginia. Production numbers are not available, but very few machines were ever manufactured. In 1970, four models were produced using JLO engines. The models were the 295, 340, 395, and a 440 twin. In 1971, four models were again offered, being a 295 JLO, 340 JLO, 399 Kohler twin. A unique feature of the design is that the hood is hinged to open to the side.

"1971 Sno Coupe" "1971 Sno Coupe"
The Innovar Corporation of Dunnell, Minnesota produced the Sno Coupe from 1970 through 1973. Models were the Executive with a bubble top, the Ranger and the Sportster which did not have a top. Engine choices were a 372cc JLO at 23hp or a 488cc Polaris Fuji at 32hp. Basic color choices were red, gold metal flake, or blue. The chassis and running gear are from a Polaris Voyager and were purchased from Polaris. Innovar then finished the machine as a Sno Coupe. Less than 200 were produced. Innovar claimed the Snow Coupe offered the first side-by-side seating in a snowmobile. Advertised features were side-by-side seating, reverse gear, electric start, optional heater, covered headlights, a tip down hood, roll protection, ample luggage space, dual tail lights, and sports car styling.

1940's Skeeter 1940's Skeeter
This Skeeter is estimated to have been made in the 1940’s or early 50’s. Dave purchased this at an estate sale in 2013. No other information is available.

1946 Ski Bike 1946 Ski Bike
This creation was made by F. W. Frank Co. in Saginaw, MI. Sandy Cheney and her 2 brothers rode this when they were small children. They would ride it down a big hill, and she just remembers being very scared! No helmets were required, either. Sandy’s father sold these out of his hardware/toy/appliance store in Saginaw.

1956 Tucker Sno Kitten 1956 Tucker Sno Kitten
This smaller version of the Tucker Sno-Cat groomer has a 4 cylinder English Ford motor. Only 210 were made. The Tucker Sno-Cat company is still in operation today, making orange groomers, in Medford, Oregon. “No snow too deep. No road too steep”

1957 Polaris  Sno-Traveler   Model C-10 1957 Polaris Sno-Traveler Model C-10
In 1956 Polaris built their first snowmobile. The original design concept was a steel boat hull cab made to plow or float through the snow. The full length wooden skis were for floatation. The rear winch system was used to raise the track and chassis when stuck in deep snow. This design was their mainstay until 1964-1965 with the introduction of the Comet and then the Mustang. This model utilized a 9.6hp Clinton motor. This sled was purchased by RJ Beech from the Earl brothers in Blaney, MI in 1957. He used it for 4 or 5 years to go from the Toonerville Trolley to check the boats that go to the Tahquamenon Falls. He sold it to Kenny Clare in 1962 or 1963. Kenny used it for one year and parked it on a snowbank and sold it to the current owner, Paul Williams of Engadine, MI for $75 in 1965.

1958 Sno-Bi-Kin 1958 Sno-Bi-Kin
In 1958, Harold Neitzke of Wausau, Wisconsin decided to build a snowmobile. Harold was an avid fox hunter and wanted to build a lightweight snowmobile that would allow him to cover more ground and also be able to be lifted over fences. By 1960 he had built two machines using bicycle frames and through the use of these two machines made many refinements. This particular model utilizes a 5hp Lauson motor. Seven were made using 5hp Tecumseh motors and the last three were built using 8hp Kohler engines. Seven machines were sold to the Wisconsin DNR for use by game wardens. Mr. Neitzke’s design influence can be seen in other snowmobile manufacturers, such as Bear Cat and Fox Trac.

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