1959 Polaris Model W-7 Sno-Traveler: In 1955 Polaris built their first snowmobile. The original design concept was a steel boat hull cab made to plow or float through the snow. The full length wooden skis were for floatation. The rear winch system was used to raise the track and chassis when stuck in deep snow. This design was their mainstay until 1964-1965 with the introduction of the Comet and then the Mustang. This model utilized a 7hp Wisconsin motor. This sled was purchased directly from the Polaris factory in Roseau, MN and was the second snowmobile on Lime Island, which is in the eastern part of the U.P. It was used to haul groceries across the bay for the islanders. It was also used to gather maple sap in the spring, and to tow cars that became stuck in the snow. This sled was restored by Mark & Marcia Williams, Gulliver, MI and was first purchased by John's uncle in 1959.
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