Introduced by Sportscraft Industries, Inc of St. Paul, Minnesota, this was not the first mini-sled, but it had a more fully developed marketing platform than most sleds of any size at the time.
A tiny Chrysler two-stroke engine powered it with a speed up to 35mph. Unlike other small sleds, it had a console that covered the moving parts, but the hood was attached to the frame and difficult to remove to work on the motor.
With a transverse leaf spring, ski-tracking and side-to-side stability were poor. Weighing only 175 lbs, it was easy to load 2 in the back of a station wagon and they could be stored standing on their rear bumpers.
Griswold Industries acquired them in 1972 and redesigned the hood with vents and accessibility, added a kill switch and added a JLO 230cc one lunger with a Tillotson carb. Motor, but due to limited distribution and marketing, this was the last year for the Swinger.
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