1965 Snow Cruiser: The Snow Cruiser was manufactured by Outboard Marine Corp. (OMC), in Peterborough, Ont. OMC made three brands of snowmobiles, Snow Cruiser, Evinrude & Johnson, which were introduced in winter of 1965. The Snow Cruiser was powered by a 2 cylinder 362cc 14 hp OMC engine (OMC made their own engines). OMC was the first manufacturer to use a 2 stroke engine with opposite twin cylinders operating simultaneous, vs vertical cylinders. It had a neutral gear for ease of starting, not common for the 1960's. It weighed 369 lb, which was 100 lb more than most other snowmobiles at the time and had a hard time in deep snow due to the weight. It could reach a speed of 30 mph and was reliable in all situations, uncommon in the 1960's --- except for deep snow. In the 1966 brochures the weight was not shown.
The Snow Cruiser was sold in Canada and Evinrude & Johnson were sold in the U.S. The Snow Cruiser was retired in 1971 and Evinrude & Johnson in 1976. In 1972 the Snow Cruiser dealers became either Evinrude or Johnson dealers.
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