John Deere introduced two snowmobile models in 1972 and produced around 225,000 before sales stopped in 1984. For the 1975 model year, John Deere introduced a 340S model for cross country racing. 376 snowmobiles started the Winnipeg to St. Paul I-500 in 1975 and 12 of the 22 machines to finish the race were the John Deere 340S.
For 1976, Deere developed an all out cross country racer called the Liquidator 340. The race team was called Enduro Team Deere and they were very successful in winning the I-500 and 5 of the 8 major races in 1976.
Only 600 of the Liquidators were built between October and November, 1975 at the Horicon, WI plant. The Liquidators were powered by liquid cooled Kioritz engines.
John Deere engineers used the cross county activities to improve the design of all their production machines built after 1974.
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