An incredible collection of snowmobiles — including some rarely seen models and many old iron horse machines — is going to be auctioned off on Saturday, November 26, in Zumbrota, Minnesota, as a family sells off the bounty of a late relative’s years of dedication to gathering classic iron.
According to an article in the Rochester, Minnesota, Post Bulletin, the collection belonged to local enthusiast Steve Clemens and includes more than 200 machines — many of them dating back to the late 1950s and early 1960s.
In the article (click here to read it), Steve Clemens’ brother John Clements said, “He got obsessed with collecting all the new and different models that came out. He was obsessed with all the different mechanical ideas for snowmobiles back then.”
Some will be auctioned off online, though the posting on the Houghton’s Auction Services website for Saturday’s live auction said it will include 175 vintage and collector snowmobiles. The partial list includes many sleds from Arctic Cat and Polaris — including some dating back to the rear-engine, single-ski days — but also John Deere, Johnson, Skee Horse, Larson, Massey Ferguson/Ski-Whiz, Mercury, Montgomery Ward, Moto-Ski, Northway, Pacer, Raider, Scandia, Scorpion, Sears, Skee horse, Ski-Doo, Ski Lark, Skiroule, Sno Craft, Sno Flight, Swinger, Sno Prince, Viking, Wheel Horse, Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Chaparrel, Herters, Fox Trac, Trail A Sled and many more. And, according to the late collector’s brother, some of them have never even been ridden!
Yep, Saturday might be a very good day for a drive to Zumbrota, Minnesota.