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1925 Ford Snow Flyer

Posted September 16, 2014 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Conversion Ford model t snowmobile

The Ford Model T Snow Flyer is guaranteed to sleigh you! This one appeared in the January 1978 issue of Hemmings Motor News and was described as being in "A1″ condition, with a rebuilt motor, new battery, Warford transmission, high compression head, distributor, ignition, fat man steering wheel, new tires, and extra tires and wheels for replacing the front runners. The asking price was $3,500, which is around $12,700 today. These will pop up from time-to-time at various prices, and a snow flyer coupe sold for over $30,000 at RM's Hershey auction back in 2012.

The term "snowmobile" was thought to be coined by Virgil D. White back in 1913. As a Ford garage owner, he perfected the conversion kit that would allow the Model T to track through the winter snow. The model T snow conversion, at the time, was a utilitarian need for those living in the middle of nowhere, as many road systems were still in their infancy.

See this early "snowmobile" on Hemmings.

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