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1970 Dauphin

1970 Dauphin

1970 Dauphin: "The Way to Go on Snow" The Dauphin snowmobile was only made for 3 years from 1969 through 1971. The Dauphin was manufactured by Les Industries Dauphin Ltd. of Grand'Mere, Quebec, Canada.

In 1970 there were 11 models and this is the D1150 model which was powered by a 246cc Hirth engine. The seats were very elaborate with the Dauphin design engraved. Almost 2000 were made in July, 1969 for the 1970 season. Dauphin also built the Manhandler snowmobile for J.C. Penney's. The Dauphin line was bought out in 1971 by Dufrane Motors of Malone, New York to produce their own 1972 Sno-Chief (identical to the Dauphin, but red & black).

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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