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1965 Polaris Lil' Andy

1965 Polaris Lil' Andy

One of the early Polaris sleds with a fiberglass hood was the Lil' Andy, which was built only for the 1965 season. The Lil' Andy ran well and showed Polaris that a small sled was worth developing.
The Lil' Andy was the creation of Polaris engineer Andy Wells, for whom it was named. The sled took the idea of building a small and sporty snowmobile to its minimalist extreme and it worked. The displayed design blueprint has been autographed by Mr. Wells. The Lil' Andy was powered by either a 6hp Lauson or an 8hp JLO engine. The overall weight of the machine was 250#.
The Lil' Andy was a successful initial venture into what was a truly compact snowmobile. The sled was in the lineup just one year and was succeeded by the Colt, which was more refined in design and size.
Owner: Fred Edgerton

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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