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Does anyone know who owns this Model T Ford snowmobile?

Does anyone know who owns this Model T Ford snowmobile?

Reader Olie Johnson got a photo of this unique vehicle heading north toward Sand Lake this week. Not many may have ever seen a Model T “snowmobile,” a name coined and copyrighted by Virgil D. White in 1917.

According to the Model T Ford snowmobile club online, White was a Ford dealer in Ossippee, New Hampshire and built his first snow attachment in 1913. He put it on the market in 1922, and sold the attachments through Ford dealers. Skis made of metal and wood and rear mounted tracks converted the cars into snow machines. They were used by anyone needing to get through snow—rural mail carriers, doctors, etc. Some photos show cars with only skis on the front, and others show cars with both tires and skis. The attachments were expensive—from $250 to $395, depending on the year and type of car.

White eventually sold the company to Farm Specialty Manufacturing Company of New Holstein, Wisconsin, which began to market its version of the product in 1926. It went out of business in 1929, and the factory burned shortly afterward.

Does anyone know who the Model T in the photo belongs to? Give us a call at 696-3655 or email us at news@cedarspringspost.com.

Update: We now know who the owner of the snowmobile is… watch for more in next week’s issue!

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