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1970 Arctic Cat Panther

1970 Arctic Cat Panther

Arctic Enterprises built 1015 Panthers with the 760cc JLO engine option in 1970. The 760 JLO engine was basically two 372cc singles put together on a common crankcase. Horsepower was rated at 45-55 depending on what specification sheet you looked at. All 760 Panthers came with the ACS Expansion Flow exhaust system. Because of the massive size of the engine there was no room for conventional mufflers. The 760 engines were not fast unless a lot of modification was done on the engine. Most Panthers (stock) would run about 55-60 mph on a good day.
This machine was restored and raffled off by the ASBA Snowmobile Club in March, 2012. The $5122 raised from the raffle was donated to the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum Building Fund! Jon Selvig, winner of this sled, asked if he could put it on display at the Museum! Thank you to everyone involved

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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