Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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1970 Wee Lark 1970 Wee Lark
The Wee Lark and its big brother, the Ski Lark, were manufactured by the Larkin Aircraft Company in Freedom, California. The Wee Lark was produced between 1970 and 1972 using a Clinton 92cc 3hp engine. Later the rights to the Wee Lark were sold to ZurowSki Enterprises of Watsonville, CA and were manufactured for a short period of time using a larger 5hp Tecumseh 133cc motor. The Wee Lark was advertised to be the smallest of all the mini sleds at 82# and was capable of a top speed of 12 mph.

1970 Wildcat 1970 Wildcat

1970's Nick-A-Boggan 1970's Nick-A-Boggan
This pull-behind sleigh was made by Nick and Sons, Inc. in Tomahawk, WI. It was donated to the Museum by Larry Cholody from Grosse Pte. Farms, MI.

1971 Alaska Ski 1971 Alaska Ski
The Alaska Ski was manufactured by S.M.T. Manufacturers Co. Ltd (the former Moleba Auto-Niege L’tee) in Chateaguay, Quebec, Canada. The earlier Moleba Ski was a look alike to the Alaska Ski. The company also marketed a sled called the Broncco. Alaska Skis utilized an Italian Guidetti motor, chain case, speedometer and headlight. Motors: Singles 338cc 25 hp TT36 Deluxe 30hp TT36 Super Deluxe Twins 440cc 30hp GG44 Deluxe 500cc 35hp GG44 Super Sport In March, 1971 S.M.T. filed for bankruptcy and went out of business.

1971 Arctic Cat    EXT 340 1971 Arctic Cat EXT 340
1971 was the first year for the production of the EXT. Every other factory had been out to beat the highly successful Arctic Cats in 1970, so the racing department in Thief River Falls, MN came up with the “built for racing” EXT models. These sleds were based on the newly introduced Puma short chassis and were powered by Kawasaki free air engines. The EXT’s powered by the new Kawasaki engines proved to be a winning combination for Arctic Cat. The 1971 factory EXT race team members were Roger Janssen, Fred Jillson, Larry Colton, Paul Eggebraaten, Dave Thompson, Charlie Lofton & Dennis Bakke. EXT production for 1971: 292 Model – 241 399 Model – 422 Owner: Terry Bashoor 340 Model – 497 440 Model – 443 Massillon, OH

1971 Big Boss 1971 Big Boss
In 1970-71, 20 Big Boss snowmobiles were manufactured in Ovid, MI by Aurora Engineering. Only 8 were ever sold and the rest were destroyed as a part of a bankruptcy proceeding. This model with a 340cc CCW engine is one of three known to have survived. CCW and Tohatsu motors were used. The chassis has aluminum angle iron installed on the bottom of the chassis for mounting the bogie wheels. This was only used on the first few manufactured. The sales literature for the Big Boss is completely different from the actual machine except for the green and black color scheme. At one time the company had intended to buy snowmobiles from an un-named Canadian manufacturer and rebadge them as Big Bosses. The sales literature looks exactly like an Alaska Ski, which was a red and black color scheme versus the green and black on the Big Boss. This intention was never carried out.

1971 Chimo 1971 Chimo
The Chimo snowmobile was manufactured by Somovex Inc. of L’islet, Quebec, Canada from 1970 to 1971 and was powered by a 10hp Husqvarna engine. The Mighty Mini: Light and responsive Compact Big Model qualities Small but Big on advantages Also marketed as the Snow Tamer by JC Penney, and later as the Sno- Chief Papoose by Dauphin of Grand-Mere, Quebec for Dufrane Motor of Malone, NY.

1971 Cutter Kitchen 1971 Cutter Kitchen
This Cutter Kitchen is believed to be from 1971-72. It is the first of two designs that Arctic Cat made. The second design was made in the 1980’s. They originally were sold new for $495 at your local Arctic Cat dealer.

1971 Grand Prix 1971 Grand Prix
In 1970 and 1971 the Boatel Co. of Mora, Minnesota manufactured the Grand Prix snowmobiles. There two models; the GP 440, with a 28hp 434cc Rockwell/JLO motor, and the GP 760 with a 45hp 744cc Rockwell/JLO motor. The biggest styling feature of the machines is their butterfly handlebars. Also, they were priced way above the normal market in 1970 at $1895.00 Over the years the Boatel Company manufactured other snowmobiles starting with the Trailmaker, which they purchased the rights for, from the Abe Matthews Co. Next in their line-up came the Ski Bird and later the Grand Prix.

1971 NGC   Model 72S 1971 NGC Model 72S
This snowmobile, an NGC, which stands for New Generation Corporation, was built in Canton, Ohio in 1971. This unit is reported to be 1 of only 4 to be built. Serial #278. It is powered by a 5hp Tecumseh engine. The rider must swing the steering arms up and out of the way in order to enter the cockpit and sit down. There is one model that has a cover over the leg area. This machine was found at a farm auction north of Engadine, MI. Owner: Charlie Vallier Engadine, MI

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