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1965 Polaris Mustang

1965 Polaris Mustang

This machine is the Model J-90-H, which has a 244cc, 9.2hp JLO motor.
The 1965 front engine Mustang is credited with saving the snowmobile fortunes of Polaris after the disastrous debut of their original front engine Comet in 1964. The 1964 Comets were basically all recalled due to their poor performance.

The 1965 Mustangs performed very well, were light, nimble, and most important, they were reliable.
Originally, the 1965 Mustangs were offered with a hand actuated brake and a round cylinder shaped gas tank mounted directly behind the engine. Before the end of the model year the brake evolved to a brake lever mounted on the handlebars and the gas tank was built into a rear storage compartment located on the back of the chassis.

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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