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1960 Autoboggan  W-9E

1960 Autoboggan W-9E

In 1956 Harry C. Paul, a Canadian businessman from Saskatchewan, attended the trappers festival at The Pas, Manitoba with a snowmobile that he invented. At the festival he met David Johnson and Edgar Hetteen of Polaris Industries in Roseau, MN. As a result of this meeting, it was agreed that Polaris Industries would build snowmobiles and HarrEy Paul would sell the in Canada under the Autoboggan. Most of the Autoboggan machines were identical to the Polaris models in design, but they were painted Harvest Gold rather than the pale blue of the early Polaris models.
Production of the Autoboggan began in the 56-57 season and continued until 1966, when production was discontinued.
It is estimated that somewhere over 1000 machines were manufactured over the 10 year production span.
This particular W-9E has a 9hp Wisconsin motor with electric start.

On Sept 20, 2019, The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum was awarded a grant of $12,500 for Operational Support from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA – ART WORKS). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding. The grant requires a 1:1 match and helped the museum leverage the $12,500 of support from its annual income and the many donations from supporters. In particular the museum has received grants from the Graymont Community Economic Development Fund and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It has also received significant donations from the Antique Snowmobile Club of America, The Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Shows, Inc., many snowmobile clubs, several recreational and snowmobile shows, the museum’s internal $1,000.00 Challenge, and many museum members. The grant funds will be applied to museum operating costs. Applicable costs include internal operations, marketing, travel to shows within the State of Michigan and cost of employees. The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant applicant to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences. A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at
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