Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

"1966 Arctic Cat  560D" "1966 Arctic Cat 560D"
The 1966 560D may very well be the heaviest snowmobile ever built by Arctic Cat, weighing in at 890#. The “D” signifies the fiberglass hood versus the all steel cab machines. This model was produced only in 1966 and 51 units were made. The track is 7 ft. longer and 7 ft wider than prior 450D and 460D model. The machine is powered by an Onan “CCK” 16 hp engine with electric start. The unit has a disc brake and reverse transmission.

"1968 Mercury  150E" "1968 Mercury 150E"
Kiekhaffer Marine Corporation entered the snowmobile business in 1968 with the model 150E, utilizing the motor from the Mercury chainsaw. The engine were not designed for use in a snowmobile and were very prone to over heating and subsequent engine failure. Mercury was quick to retrofit most 150E models found today with large holes cut in the side of the hoods in an attempt to improve engine cooling. The chainsaw hanging over the Mercury snowmobile is a 1948 Mercury model KB7-B with the same engine as used in the snowmobile. Men were “real men” to use this saw. Owner: Aaron Schroeder Engadine, MI

"1969 SnoWolf" "1969 SnoWolf"
The SnoWolf snowmobile was manufactured in Minneapolis, Minnesota by the Powerall Corporation in 1969. This 6958-C model is 1 of only 50 that were produced. The SnoWolf, weighing 209 lbs, featured an 8 hp Chrysler/Couparral motor and claimed to carry two adults with a top speed of 40 mph.

"1971 Phantom" "1971 Phantom"
The Phantom snowmobiles were manufactured for only the 1970 and 1971 model years by the Williamsburg Bronze Corporation in Kingswood, West Virginia. Production numbers are not available, but very few machines were ever manufactured. In 1970, four models were produced using JLO engines. The models were the 295, 340, 395, and a 440 twin. In 1971, four models were again offered, being a 295 JLO, 340 JLO, 399 Kohler twin. A unique feature of the design is that the hood is hinged to open to the side.

"1971 Sno Coupe" "1971 Sno Coupe"
The Innovar Corporation of Dunnell, Minnesota produced the Sno Coupe from 1970 through 1973. Models were the Executive with a bubble top, the Ranger and the Sportster which did not have a top. Engine choices were a 372cc JLO at 23hp or a 488cc Polaris Fuji at 32hp. Basic color choices were red, gold metal flake, or blue. The chassis and running gear are from a Polaris Voyager and were purchased from Polaris. Innovar then finished the machine as a Sno Coupe. Less than 200 were produced. Innovar claimed the Snow Coupe offered the first side-by-side seating in a snowmobile. Advertised features were side-by-side seating, reverse gear, electric start, optional heater, covered headlights, a tip down hood, roll protection, ample luggage space, dual tail lights, and sports car styling.

1926 Model T 1926 Model T

1936 Westendorf 1936 Westendorf

1940's Skeeter 1940's Skeeter
This Skeeter is estimated to have been made in the 1940’s or early 50’s. Dave purchased this at an estate sale in 2013. No other information is available.

1946 Eliason 1946 Eliason

1946 Ski Bike 1946 Ski Bike
This creation was made by F. W. Frank Co. in Saginaw, MI. Sandy Cheney and her 2 brothers rode this when they were small children. They would ride it down a big hill, and she just remembers being very scared! No helmets were required, either. Sandy’s father sold these out of his hardware/toy/appliance store in Saginaw.

1950's Airsled (Homemade) 1950's Airsled (Homemade)

1950's Flexible Flyer 1950's Flexible Flyer

1950's Flexible Flyer 1950's Flexible Flyer

1956 Tucker Sno Kitten 1956 Tucker Sno Kitten
This smaller version of the Tucker Sno-Cat groomer has a 4 cylinder English Ford motor. Only 210 were made. The Tucker Sno-Cat company is still in operation today, making orange groomers, in Medford, Oregon. “No snow too deep. No road too steep”

1957 Polaris  Sno-Traveler   Model C-10 1957 Polaris Sno-Traveler Model C-10
In 1956 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 9.6hp Clinton motor. This sled was purchased by RJ Beech from the Earl brothers in Blaney, MI in 1957. He used it for 4 or 5 years to go from the Toonerville Trolley to check the boats that go to the Tahquamenon Falls. He sold it to Kenny Clare in 1962 or 1963. Kenny used it for one year and parked it on a snowbank and sold it to the current owner, Paul Williams of Engadine, MI for $75 in 1965.

1958 Sno-Bi-Kin 1958 Sno-Bi-Kin
In 1958, Harold Neitzke of Wausau, Wisconsin decided to build a snowmobile. Harold was an avid fox hunter and wanted to build a lightweight snowmobile that would allow him to cover more ground and also be able to be lifted over fences. By 1960 he had built two machines using bicycle frames and through the use of these two machines made many refinements. This particular model utilizes a 5hp Lauson motor. Seven were made using 5hp Tecumseh motors and the last three were built using 8hp Kohler engines. Seven machines were sold to the Wisconsin DNR for use by game wardens. Mr. Neitzke’s design influence can be seen in other snowmobile manufacturers, such as Bear Cat and Fox Trac.

1959 Boggona Super 1959 Boggona Super
This machine is the prototype for the ones made in the early 60’s in St. Boniface, Manitoba by General Machine & Welding Ltd. There were 2 models and the Super was the larger, more suited for commercial use. The lighter model, the Pony, appealed to both the utility and sports markets. Described as “economical and dependable” winter transportation, it was constructed of unitized tubular and sheet steel. The body and skis were spring suspended. Both models seated 2 adults and had high towing capacity. This machine weighs 465 lbs and has a Wisconsin air-cooled, 4 cyl. 9.2hp engine. The story is told that Dave Johnson (Polaris) threatened to sue Ove, the builder, for infringing on 4 Polaris patents. That is when he stopped building this model type and designed a smaller version, but never produced them. Owner: Valdi Stefanson Stacy, MN

1959 Simko Power Sled 1959 Simko Power Sled
The Simko Power Sleds were made in Ecorse, MI by the Simko Products Company. These machines could be purchased completely assembled or in kit form with a set of blue prints to finish assembly. This is a model MB-42, 2 passenger machine and could be assembled with up to a 15hp motor for the race enthusiast. Speeds up to 60 mph were claimed from the go-cart on runners. Models offered were: MB-31 Single passenger MB-32 4ft to 7ft long – optional MB-42 Two passenger The Simko Power Sleds were featured in Popular Mechanics, January, 1966.

1960 Autoboggan  W-9E 1960 Autoboggan W-9E
In 1956 Harry C. Paul, a Canadian businessman from Saskatchewan, attended the trapper’s festival at The Pas, Manitoba with a snowmobile that he invented. At the festival he met David Johnson and Edgar Hetteen of Polaris Industries in Roseau, MN. As a result of this meeting, it was agreed that Polaris Industries would build snowmobiles and HarrEy Paul would sell the in Canada under the “Autoboggan”. Most of the Autoboggan machines were identical to the Polaris models in design, but they were painted Harvest Gold rather than the pale blue of the early Polaris models. Production of the Autoboggan began in the 56-57 season and continued until 1966, when production was discontinued. It is estimated that somewhere over 1000 machines were manufactured over the 10 year production span. This particular W-9E has a 9hp Wisconsin motor with electric start.

1960 Bosak Power Toboggan 1960 Bosak Power Toboggan
In 1947, Mike Bosak, a farmer and cabinet maker from the Beausejour, Manitoba area, started work on a motorized toboggan. In 1948, he leaped onto his contraption and flew down the trail for 150 feet before it broke down. Back to the barn he went. By the winter of 1948-49, the Bosak Power Toboggan was successful and in ensuing years he built around 50 machines a year. This unit is powered by a 9hp Briggs & Stratton engine and uses a GM transmission. The track is engaged by pushing a pedal to move the entre engine assembly to shift gears and engage the drive belt. Engadine, MI

1961 Eskimotor Tee Nee 1961 Eskimotor Tee Nee

1961 Snowbug 1961 Snowbug
The word Snowbug is a generic name for winter insects, native to northern countries, that floated over the snow. In 1957 this machine was invented by Howard Schraeder , Sudbury, Canada, for trappers originally. He made 8 in 1958 and in 1959 they were made by Noront Steel for mass production. In 1960 , this open cockpit cab was designed, with a Villier’s motorcycle motor. It has a kick start mechanism for starting, a foot-operated clutch on the left and gas pedal on the right. The lever is the gear changer. It is difficult to find 2 identical machines. Howard was continually improving his invention. Close to 1000 were produced until 1977.

1962 Bear Cat 1962 Bear Cat
Merit Gear in Antigo, WI, started manufacturing snowmobiles in 1960. Only about 15 were made over five years of production. Merit Gear focused on manufacturing gears, sprockets and spline shafts. The snowmobile project was little more than a fling, which turned out to be a great project. The Bear Cat was intended as a workhorse, with two speeds forward and one reverse, a light switch, ignition switch, shifting handle and a foot operated gas pedal. The gear box was state of the art when considering transmission engineering of this time period. Operation of this machine was much like a small tractor. It has a top speed of 20 mph. The 23 inch track was made from a heavy roller chain and sections of snow fence posts. The post sections were then welded to the drive chain as cleats. In 1965 a company from Chetek purchased the design for building the Bear Cat and it faded away after that. Donated by the Karl Thorsen kids; Dan, Kris, Matt, Mitch & Tim Rhinelander, WI Restoration done by Randy Walters, Twin Lakes, WI

1962 Polar  Model 500 1962 Polar Model 500
Polaris co-founder, Edgar Hetteen, left Polaris in 1960 and opened Polar Manufacturing in January of 1961 in Thief River Falls, MN. He designed and built a portable steam cleaner, the Polar Model 24 and an insect killer, the Bug-O-Vac. These two products allowed him to work on a new snowmobile. The first snowmobile, the Polar 500, was crude and heavy, weighing 590#. By 1962, the company name was changed to Arctic Enterprises, Inc. and the name Arctic Cat was born. This model 500 is serial number 7 and is powered by a 9.5hp Kohler engine. Records for the number that were built vary from as few as 20 to a maximum of 100.

1962 Ski Doo   Model K-62 1962 Ski Doo Model K-62
This particular Ski Doo is a unique model K-62 as the cab design is that of an A-62 model. J-Armand Bombardier was looking for ways to reduce weight and to improve the performance and durability of the new Ski Doo’s. The results of his weight reduction program became available on a 1962 model name the Alpine, which only weighed 250#. These machines were to have a 6hp engine and a new flexible suspension system with additional bogie wheels. The name Alpine was never used on the machine and the new lightweight Ski Doo’s were simply given the model number A-62. The K-62 (Kohler) and J-62 (JLO) were the other models for 1962. A little over 3,500 machines were manufactured for 1962. The A-6 model steel cab pushed in to 24.5” at the top, while the K and J models were straight sided and 27.5” at the top of the cab. This particular sled is unique in that the cab is bodied as the A model but has the K model engine and serial number.

1963 Anderson 1963 Anderson

1963 Arctic Cat    Model 100 1963 Arctic Cat Model 100
The Arctic Cat Model 100 was the first front-engine Arctic Cat and the first “sport model” built by the company. The model 100’s were instrumental in the rapid rate of growth in Arctic Cats in the early 60’s. The initial Eagle River, WI snowmobile derby held on Dollar Lake was created by Sparky Meyer, one of Arctic Cat’s original distributors, and by John Alward, a local Eagle River resort owner. They met while Sparky was selling a load of Model 100’s. Of course, this annual derby went on to become the World Championship Snowmobile Derby, held annually in Eagle River. Roger Skime won the 9 horsepower class on a 9hp Model 100 in the inaugural event. The model line-up for the 62-63 season included two industrial models plus the 100 sport model and the 170 rear-engine sport model. Charlie Vallier

1963 Arctic Cat Model 450 1963 Arctic Cat Model 450
“The Arctic Cat Model 450 was the most versatile machine of its kind. Forest Rangers, Game Wardens, Utility companies or anybody who had a tough job to do could do it better with this model.” This machine has all tubular frame construction, automatic clutch, variable speed drive, reversing transmission and a wheel kit available for year around use. Gordy Breeding owned this machine and donated it and his wool suit to the Museum. It was also featured in the painting done by Steve Witucki, and is available at the Museum.

1963 Bonham 1963 Bonham
The Bonham Corporation of Provo, Utah started manufacturing two wheel Tote Goats and other off-road vehicles in 1958-59. In late 1963, early 1964, they manufactured the Spartan 660 motor propelled toboggan for a short period of time through their Powered Equipment Division before a management change stopped the production of the Spartan. Bonham advertised the Spartan 660 as “the vehicle of a thousand uses”. A wheel kit was available for year round use. A 6hp Tecumseh motor was used in conjunction with a two speed forward, one speed reverse transmission. The Spartan rides on pneumatic tires and drives the 20” track off the back axle. An overhead canopy with side curtains could be ordered as an accessory. The Bonham Company sold out in 1972.

1963 Ski Doo RD 8 1963 Ski Doo RD 8

1964 Fox Trac  Ice Cycle   Model 130 1964 Fox Trac Ice Cycle Model 130
This 3 runner model made in Jaynesville, WI has a 3 hp engine and starts as easily as a child’s tricycle and will fit in a car trunk. The unique floating drive will power through 5 inches of heavy snow and ice. Owner: Charlie Vallier Engadine, MI

1964 Hus-Ski   Model 200 1964 Hus-Ski Model 200
The Hus-Ski snowmobile was first manufactured from 1962 to1963 in Hespler, Ontario, Canada by Jim and Colin McQuat of Lachute, Quebec. It was designed to meet the needs of loggers who needed to access their timber areas. The Hus-Ski was unique with the articulating design that separated the tractor from the attached sleigh. The Canadians called the sleigh a “ski seater”. The legal work for the patent was done by a lawyer named John Turner, who later became one of Canada’s Prime Ministers. Early models were the 200 and the 400. The 200 was powered by a 148cc JLO and the 400 by a 247cc JLO engine. The McQuat brothers sold the company within a year to Johnson Wire Works who kept the Hus-Ski name, but moved the production to Pointe Claire, Quebec. In 1964 it was sold to FMC to be built as a Bolens, Diablo Rouge, until 1969.

1964 Trailmaker 1964 Trailmaker
The Abe Matthews Company of Hibbing, MN produced snow machines from 1962 through 1964. Culvert pipe was used to form the skis and the track rides on pneumatic tires. The company was bought out by the Boatel Company in 1965 and production continued through 1968. Trailmakers were powered by Kohler 8-13hp engines. Available options were, a snowplow, ice auger, and a wheel kit. Donated to the Museum by: Glen Darrow Bridgeport, MI

1965 Allis Chalmers Prototype 1965 Allis Chalmers Prototype
This Allis Chalmers was built by Roy Stewart in 1965, one of three prototypes. Two were identical with the LLoyd OHV 4 stroke, 4 speed with reverse. The third one was built with a small cc 2 cycle engine and "didn't have enough power to pull itself." Allis was thinking about the work/utility sled market, not a sport machine. All of the mechanical components came off the assembly line, from various farm equipments, and the sleds were built during "down time". After testing, it was decided that the sleds were not practical and they were put in a disposal/scrap area. The gentleman I acquired it from and another employee from the Copper Country "rescued " both of the 4 cycle sleds from the scrap. The third sled was definitely scrapped out. The sleds were hauled to the U.P., one to Copper Country and the other one to his father's farm in Iron River, Mich. The Copper Country sled was used for a short time, then junked, with the engine/trans given to the Iron River sled owner. I was buying hay from the farm around 10 years ago, and the owner told me about the sled while my crew was loading hay. At the time, I was not into vintage sleds but I never forgot about it. I returned 2 years ago to find the owner suffering from Alzheimers, but still lucid on some days. He and his lovely wife agreed with me that it should be placed in a museum, so I was able to purchase the Allis on that condition! I also have the engine out of the scrapped sled from Copper Country. I did contact Allis Chalmers for possible history on the sled, but was told that "We are a forward-thinking company and do not dwell on the past.", so I was unable to get official documentation.

1965 Allis Chalmers Prototype Story 1965 Allis Chalmers Prototype Story

1965 Moto Ski 1965 Moto Ski
The Moto Skis were built in La Pocatiere, Quebec by Jean Yves Belanger and Raoul Pelletier, and manufactured by Industries Bouchard, Inc. beginning in 1963. This Model 100 has a 247 JLO, 9hp motor and a short track. 2365 were produced – 2130 to Canada and 235 to the United States. In mid-year of 1965, the factory is said to have renamed the Model 100J short track and 200H long track to Capri and Zephyr The Moto Ski name was the result of a contest at a local school to name the sled.

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 Li’ 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

1965 Polaris Mustang 1965 Polaris Mustang
This machine is the Model J-90-H, which has a 244cc, 9.2hp JLO motor. The 1965 front engine Mustang is credited with saving the snowmobile fortunes of Polaris after the disastrous debut of their original front engine Comet in 1964. The 1964 Comets were basically all recalled due to their poor performance. The 1965 Mustangs performed very well, were light, nimble, and most important, they were reliable. Originally, the 1965 Mustangs were offered with a hand actuated brake and a round cylinder shaped gas tank mounted directly behind the engine. Before the end of the model year the brake evolved to a brake lever mounted on the handlebars and the gas tank was built into a rear storage compartment located on the back of the chassis.

1965 Polaris Sno Traveler Pacer 1965 Polaris Sno Traveler Pacer
Polaris began making snowmobiles in 1954 in Roseau, MN. This Pacer model could be purchased with either an 8hp or 10hp engine. This sled has the 8hp engine. Rear engine snowmobiles were used in this area for commercial ice fishing and trapping. This snowmobile has been donated to the Museum by the Jed Hemmings family from the Traverse City area.

1966 Arctic Cat Prototype 1966 Arctic Cat Prototype

1966 Foremost (JC Penney) 1966 Foremost (JC Penney)

1966 Fox Trac  412C 1966 Fox Trac 412C
Mr. Fred P. (Fox) and his son, Stanley, organized Fox Body Corporation in Jaynesville, WI in 1946. The firm manufactured truck bodies and other products. In 1963 they introduced the Fox Trac snowmobile, which grew to be the firm’s principal product through 1973. The firm was also well-known for its production of mini-bikes. In 1969, Fox Corp. agreed to merge with Beaver Creek Industries and became the Fox Division of Beaver Creek Industries. The 412C model is considered a medium width rear engine machine. The 12 in 412 stands for a 12hp Kohler engine. The machine has a reverse transmission and a hand operated disc brake. The track system is unique in that the track has nylon wear blocks mounted on the track that follow a tubular track guide system.

1966 Sno Jet 1966 Sno Jet
Paul-Emile Roy built his first snowmobile in 1964. Les Industries Fibre de Verre Thetford, Inc. of Thetford-Mines, Quebec, Canada was building boats and went into the snowmobile business by selling 25 machines in 1966. By 1968 almost 5,500 had been sold and the company was sold to the Glastron Boat Division of Conroy Industries. Sno Jet was a very popular brand and continued to expand. In 1977, Kawasaki took over Sno Jet and produced the Kawasaki Sno Jet for one year before entering the snowmobile business with their own brand. These 1977 machines were actually manufactured by Arctic Enterprises.

1966 Sno Scoot 1966 Sno Scoot

1966 Wards Riverside 1966 Wards Riverside

1967 Boatel   Ski-Bird 15 1967 Boatel Ski-Bird 15
The Boatel Company of Mora, MN bought out the Abe Matthews Manufacturing Company’s snowmobile line in 1965 to add another manufacturing activity to their successful boat manufacturing activities. They manufactured the Trailmaker, Ski-Bird, and later the Grand-Prix models from 1965 through 1972. The Boatel Ski-Bird was advertised as “When the flag goes down…Boatel Ski-Bird will be there at the finish”. Boatel was proud of its performance in “stock” racing. Performances during the 1965-66 racing season: Eagle River Int’l Snowmobile Marathon 1st in the cross country 1st in the economy run Antigo Int’l Snowmobile Meet 1st, 2nd, 3rd cross country Brainerd Snowmobile Rally 1st – 4th in the lap races Winnipeg to St. Paul Winter Carnival All entered Boatels finished

1967 Eaton's Sno Trac 1967 Eaton's Sno Trac

1967 Larson Eagle 1967 Larson Eagle

1967 McCulloch 1967 McCulloch
This 10 hp model was manufactured under license from Fox Body Corporation (Fox snowmobiles), Woods Cox (W.E. Woods) Corporation of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. They were only made in 1966 and 1967. They looked identical to the Fox Trac models, except for the colors. There were 2 models – one with a 10hp JLO and one with a 15.5hp JLO engine. It weighs 250lbs and has a 4 gallon gas tank. A warm-up stand could be purchased as an accessory. These machines are fairly rare.

1967 Rupp Sno Sport 1967 Rupp Sno Sport
“Only Sno Sport Wakes UP Winter” was a slogan used by Rupp Manufacturing of Mansfield, Ohio to promote the 1967 Rupp Sno Sports. The 1967 Rupp Sno Sport had several improvements and changes from the 1966 Rupps. The Sno Sport still utilized the all aluminum chassis but with stiffeners added to the running boards. The engine was placed in a lay down position with the cylinder and piston reversed which allowed the exhaust to be located behind the motor. Track clips were added to the double sprocket track for improved reliability. The one piece hood and belly pan was still used but with fake grill decals and with no front bumper. The 300cc Hirth engine produced 16hp. The plastic gas tank is mounted like a glove in the front of the nose cone and was a source of cracking and leaks. A replacement metal tank was supplied as a recall item.

1967 Scatmobile 1967 Scatmobile
The Scatmobile is an all-terrain, all-season, vehicle. It was made between 1967 and 1971, but none of the machines have a serial tag so there is no way to determine when each machine was made. They were made in Grand Rapids, MI Some of the features include: Triple-traction power train, self-cleaning traction train, removable seat, chair height seating, Borg Warner 3 speed gear box with reverse fiberglass body, top speed of 50 mph, and a disc brake. Electric start, snow traction belt with cleats and a canvas cover were options.

1967 Ski Daddler Cruiser 22 1967 Ski Daddler Cruiser 22
Ski Daddler snowmobiles were manufactured in York, PA by AMF Western Tools, Inc. which was a subsidiary of the American Machine and Foundry Company of Des Moines, IA. Ski Daddler introduced 2 models in 1966. They were the 5810 Power Sled and the 5920 Clipper. For 1967, 3 models were introduced: the model 5811 (10.2hp Sno-Scout), model 5812 (12hp Super Scout), and model 5813 (21hp Cruiser 22). The Cruiser 22 featured a 22” track, a 540cc Mag motor, electric start, dual head- lights and had a forward and reverse transmission. The unit weighed 450# and retailed for $1299.95. For the 1968 model year, 5 models were produced including the Sno-Scout, the Super Scout Mark I-II-III and the Wide Track 22 with 24hp. From 1970 to 1972, 15,000 Ski Daddlers were produced before production stopped at the end of the 1972 model year.

1967 Stanaback 1967 Stanaback
In 1967, Mr. Ken Stanaback of Grand Rapids, MI researched, designed, and built 2 one-of-a-kind snowmobiles that operated with twin tracks and no skis. This is the only remaining one. This machine utilizes a 400cc Lloyd motor and is steered by dual clutches and brakes on the drive axle. The machine is capable of turning 180 degrees in its own length. There is no brake on the machine. Collector Bud Knapp discovered this machine in 1997.

1967 Tradewinds Tiger 1967 Tradewinds Tiger
This machine was made in Manawa, WI by the TradeWinds Co, Inc. which was a subsidiary of OMC Corporation. It is equipped with an air-cooled 2 cycle, 246 cc, 11.5 hp, Hirth motor. It also has a 15.5 inch rubber track. The Tiger was built for hard use. It was advertised as “dependable in the cold weather and noted for economy and efficiency. It was made for family fun, cross-country trail blazing, and competition with unexcelled pulling power and mountain climbing ability”.

1968 Herter's 1968 Herter's
1968 Herter’s 295 JLO 20 hp In 1966, Herter’s Inc. of Waseca, MN introduced the first of their snowmobiles called the Hudson Bay Husky Snow Sleds with 3 models. Herter’s, founded in 1893, was a direct-buy mail order firm specializing in sports and outdoor equipment. For 50 cents, you could order their 600 page catalog. Their ad stated “Guaranteed no snowmobile made of more expensive materials, better workmanship, more durable or faster.” By 1969 they offered 6 models as well as a sled cutter and the trailer to pull your snow sled. In 1970,14 models were offered and from 1971 through 1974 anywhere from 7 to 9 models were offered. Over these years JLO, Sachs, and Kohler engines were used. Herter’s eliminated their snow sleds after the 1974 model year due to snow conditions and the state of the economy. This sled was owned and donated to the museum by Jim Tuttle, who recently passed away.

1968 Larson  Eagle 1968 Larson Eagle
Larson Industries, Inc. of Little Falls, MN sold snowmobiles from 1966 through 1969. The original 1966’s were manufactured by Polaris Industries for Larson. JLO engines were used in all models with the exception of one model in 1967 where the Falcon utilized a Daihatsu engine.

1968 Sno Squire 1968 Sno Squire
Manufactured by OMC, Corp. for Agway Stores in Manawa, WI at the Tradewinds Plant in 1968 and ’69. The same chassis was used by OMC to make the ’69-’71 Sears 309, the ’69 Evinrude Bobcat and the ’69 Johnson Challenger. Features include an all steel chassis, fiberglass hood, easy to start 297cc 17hp, JLO, 2cycle air-cooled engine. It also has a Goodyear endless rubber & nylon track, a removable 4 gal. steel gas tank, and it can reach 45 mph. Options included a Squire sleigh, canvas cover and 12 volt electric starter. They were sold directly out of the factory and at Agway stores. “The ultra lightweight construction permits you to travel over hill & dale to your heart’s delight.”

1968 Sno-Bunny 1968 Sno-Bunny
The Jac-Trac Company of Marshfield, Wisconsin manufactured the Sno-Bunny for distribution by the J. C. Penney Company starting in 1968. Jac Trac continued to manufacture snowmobiles under both the Sno-Bunny and Jac Trac names through the 1974 model year. Both CCW and Kohler motors were utilized. The Sno-Bunny was advertised as one of the lightest, quickest machines on the market. J. C. Penney sold snowmobiles made by four different companies over the years. They were: Formost Arctic Enterprises 1966 Jac Trac Jac Trac Manufacturing 1968-1974 Manhandler Les Industries Dauphin 1970-1971 Snow Tamer Somovex, Inc-Quebec 1970-1971 Engadine, MI

1968 Tradewinds Tiger 1968 Tradewinds Tiger

1969 Galaxy    Model 6239 1969 Galaxy Model 6239
The Frederic-Willys Corp. of Farmington, MN, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stanley Home Products which produced table tennis and pool tables, started producing the Sno Dart snowmobile in 1967. In late 1968 they introduced the Galaxy for 1969 only. Four models of the all “Pink” Galaxy’s were offered in hp ranging from 8 to 23 hp with Kohler and JLO motors. In late 1969 the company was sold to Kaiser Industries of Sioux Falls, SD who went on to manufacture the Sierra Timberline snowmobile, but that’s another story. Galaxy 6239 – Kohler motor – 399cc

1969 Mercury 200 Prototype 1969 Mercury 200 Prototype
This is a 1969 Mercury model 200 that was fitted with a 599cc 3-cylinder Mercury engine for racing in the non-production USSA classes. This is a 1 of 1 prototype. This style hood was later used for part of the ’71 model year. At Rhinelander, WI, Gary Gilbertson won the Hodag 50, a 68 mile cross country race in the non-production class on this 200 Mercury. At Kaukauna, WI, Gilbertson competed in the non-production class II and took first place with a speed of 68.8 over the quarter-mile strip. The motor in the machine is one of the three original engines built for racing and product development.

1969 Skee Whee  SW 711 1969 Skee Whee SW 711
The Skee Whee was manufactured in Evanston, IL by F/S Industries. F/S stood for Freedman Seating Company. Literature illustrates that a wheel kit could be used to convert the Skee Whee for summer usage.

1969 Ski Doo "Puffer" 1969 Ski Doo "Puffer"
This Ski Doo, nicknamed the "Puffer" and given the Lucky #13, was the winner of the inaugural Soo I-500 race, held in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. It was a race that should have never been, but it happened on February 8, 1969. Forty seven snowmobiles and several brave drivers made history proving a snowmobile could run 500 miles in one day. The first race took 13 hours and 42 minutes with no gradings or red flags. The average speed was 36 mph. The three drivers of the Puffer were Otis and Leonard Cowles and Dan Planck. The sled owner was Victor Dicks. They donated the sled to the Soo I-500.

1969 Ski Kat 1969 Ski Kat
The Ski Kat was made in Detroit by Sport King, Inc. and was assembled in Rogers City, MI from 1967 – 1969. This 1969 machine has electric start and a single cylinder, 297 JLO motor. They also made some red and white machines. You could purchase a wheel kit to use this machine all year round. This model sold for $895.

1969 Ski-Bee    Scout 185 1969 Ski-Bee Scout 185
Brothers George and Allister Ingham (Ingham Industries) were active for many years in the development of various snow vehicles in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1965 and 1966 they constructed and tested several new prototypes that were lighter, faster, and easier to turn. By 1967, the new Ski Bees were put into production. They were produced for the 1968 through 1970 model years. There were three basic designs. The “Scout” was a one or two person machine with either a 13 or 18hp engine. The “Stinger” was lighter in weight due to aluminum-alloy construction and offered larger engines and was the high performance model of the line. The “Commander” was longer and wider with a 20 in. track and was intended to be the family type machine. Several hundred were sold through dealers in Saskatchewan and a distributor in Alberta, Canada. Ingham Industries was sold in 1970 and snowmobiles were discontinued.

1969 Sno Ghia 1969 Sno Ghia
The Sno Ghia snowmobile was manufactured from 1967 through 1970 in Turin (Torino), Italy by Iso Rivolta for Ghia Spa, a subsidiary of DeTomaso. The Sno Ghia was touted as the “low-profile” snowmobile offering the advantages of better vision and a low center of gravity for better tracking. They were distributed in the USA by Ghia-US, Oceanport, New Jersey, and in Canada by Moleba Autoneige, Ltd. for the 1969 model year only. They were powered by a 297cc Sachs engine. Note the original Rose colored windshield.

1969 Thunderbolt 1969 Thunderbolt
This is one of two Thunderbolts ever built and the only one currently assembled with a motor and is operable. The second machine is in North Dakota. Henry Leseman of Ada, MN did specialized work for Arctic Cat and made parts for many other snowmobile manufacturers. He was encouraged to build his own snowmobile and he did so using the best features of Arctic Cat and Viking along with some ideas of his own. This was the start of Thor Industries and the Thunderbolt snowmobile. Two prototypes were built and tested in the summer of 1969. One Thunderbolt was sent to an East coast distributor to be shown at a show in Montreal, with the intention of encouraging dealers to sell this machine. At the same time, the company that was committed to the funding backed out since the industry was beginning to struggle. This particular machine was given to the distributor by Henry. Henry Leseman sold his business and began a company in Venezuela in 1972. Henry sold one of the Thunderbolt’s before he left for Venezuela to a man from North Dakota. In 1982, Mr. Ernol (Bud) Knapp of Cedar Springs, MI was doing research on the Thunderbolt and met with Henry, who lives in Arkansas. Bud was later able to purchase this Thunderbolt in Dover, New Hampshire.

1969 Wheel Horse 1969 Wheel Horse
This model has an 18hp Kohler motor and was only made for 2 years. The Wheel Horse Company also made lawn tractors. This machine sat in the rafters of a barn in Rexton, MI for over 20 years. The current owner is: John Ketcher Engadine, MI

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

1970 Arctic Cat Speed Run 1970 Arctic Cat Speed Run
Arctic Cat built a machine with twin 634 Hirth motors meant to set the speed record. Unfortunately, every time they tested it, the track sprockets would fly off, so they dismantled it. This machine was built as a clone of that machine by Rod Jackel from Medford, WI.

1970 Eskimo 1970 Eskimo

1970 Hellstar Tiger, Go Kat 1970 Hellstar Tiger, Go Kat
The Hellstar snowmobile was manufactured in Wahoo, Nebraska by the Hellstar Corporation for the model years, 1969 through 1972. The Hellstar machines were promoted as “the first truly 4 seasons family sportsmobile” since they could be purchased with an optional front wheel kit. This snowmobile has a Chrysler, 220cc engine. They also featured coil spring ski mounts (with a 5 year warranty), and a shock-eze handlebar assembly. Elvis Presley owned a Hellstar, Jetstar, and used it to ride around his estate at Graceland. The first commercially sold Hellstar was delivered to the Farm Bureau Service in Lansing, MI on Aug. 11, 1969. Owner: Marilyn Vallier

1970 Porsche Ski-Bob 1970 Porsche Ski-Bob
This small and collapsible ski-bob, basically a bike for the ski slopes, was built through collaboration by the Arova Company and Porsche design. It was built with a front & back shock system. The body is made from moulded poly-foam. It’s also able to break apart, with the ski components storing nicely inside of the hollow fiberglass body. Assembly time is about 1 minute. Oddly enough, the 212 was originally made to carry 2 riders. It comes with a pair of skis for the driver to attach to his boots. This machine was found at a flea market in Alpena, MI.

1970 Ski Lark 1970 Ski Lark
The Larkin Aircraft Company of Freedom, CA produced the Ski Lark from 1970 through 1975. This mini sled weighed 106# and used a 4hp Tecumseh engine. Larkin also manufactured an even smaller sled, the Wee Lark.

1970 Snowbug    Luvbug 1970 Snowbug Luvbug
The Snowbug brand snowmobiles were built by Noront Steel Company in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The Luvbug model featured electric start, lights, a 22hp Sachs 2 cycle engine, forward and reverse transmission, and seats 2 side-by-side. Only 50 units of the aluminum chassis side-by-side model were built.

1970 Wee Lark 1970 Wee Lark
The Wee Lark and its big brother, the Ski Lark, were manufactured by the Larkin Aircraft Company in Freedom, California. The Wee Lark was produced between 1970 and 1972 using a Clinton 92cc 3hp engine. Later the rights to the Wee Lark were sold to ZurowSki Enterprises of Watsonville, CA and were manufactured for a short period of time using a larger 5hp Tecumseh 133cc motor. The Wee Lark was advertised to be the smallest of all the mini sleds at 82# and was capable of a top speed of 12 mph.

1970 Wildcat 1970 Wildcat

1970's Nick-A-Boggan 1970's Nick-A-Boggan
This pull-behind sleigh was made by Nick and Sons, Inc. in Tomahawk, WI. It was donated to the Museum by Larry Cholody from Grosse Pte. Farms, MI.

1971 Alaska Ski 1971 Alaska Ski
The Alaska Ski was manufactured by S.M.T. Manufacturers Co. Ltd (the former Moleba Auto-Niege L’tee) in Chateaguay, Quebec, Canada. The earlier Moleba Ski was a look alike to the Alaska Ski. The company also marketed a sled called the Broncco. Alaska Skis utilized an Italian Guidetti motor, chain case, speedometer and headlight. Motors: Singles 338cc 25 hp TT36 Deluxe 30hp TT36 Super Deluxe Twins 440cc 30hp GG44 Deluxe 500cc 35hp GG44 Super Sport In March, 1971 S.M.T. filed for bankruptcy and went out of business.

1971 Arctic Cat    EXT 340 1971 Arctic Cat EXT 340
1971 was the first year for the production of the EXT. Every other factory had been out to beat the highly successful Arctic Cats in 1970, so the racing department in Thief River Falls, MN came up with the “built for racing” EXT models. These sleds were based on the newly introduced Puma short chassis and were powered by Kawasaki free air engines. The EXT’s powered by the new Kawasaki engines proved to be a winning combination for Arctic Cat. The 1971 factory EXT race team members were Roger Janssen, Fred Jillson, Larry Colton, Paul Eggebraaten, Dave Thompson, Charlie Lofton & Dennis Bakke. EXT production for 1971: 292 Model – 241 399 Model – 422 Owner: Terry Bashoor 340 Model – 497 440 Model – 443 Massillon, OH

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