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April 9, 2013
Some Of The Most Amazing Snowmobiles Ever Built
Forget the small, modern snowmobiles with four-stroke engines. They are way less cool than these old monsters, which include car-to-snowmobile modifications and sled weapons. Here are some of the greatest snowmobiles ever made.
Antarctic Snow Cruiser (a.k.a. “Penguin
This 55-foot, 8-inch vehicle was designed between 1937 and 1939 by a team led by Thomas Poulter in preparation for Admiral Byrd’s second expedition in 1939.
The only way to get it from
Once in the Antarctic, the Penguin 1 had some problems: It slipped
off a too-narrow bridge and later sank into the snow because of its large,
smooth tires and its 30-ton weight. After the crew installed some chains and
spare tires, it was able to drive at a very low speed; they’d cover
The team eventually left the Penguin 1 in the Antarctic when
the expedition returned to the
To read the full article and see pictures and video of the Penguin 1 and other snowmobiles from the early 20th century, click here.
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