Ford Snowmobile

And just like that, Nebraskans go from needing amphibious Amphicars to needing something like this:

1930 Ford Model A at Pioneer Village

That’s right, Nebraska, still not recovered from massive flooding, was treated to a blizzard this week. This Ford Model A snowmobile would be very handy for traversing the snow-covered roads, and it was actually called a snowmobile by inventor Virgil White. White was a New Hampshire Ford dealer, and he patented this special attachment for Ford cars and trucks in 1917.

The front wheels were replaced with runners that were 5 feet long and 18 inches wide. The rear axle was extended and wheels were added to hold the caterpillar tread. The kit sold for around $175 and was very popular, particularly with rural mail carriers and doctors.


Constable, George N. “Snowmobile Ideas Began Drifting Around in 1913.”  News Journal [Mansfield], 21 January 1986, p. 1-B.

“Ford Turns Out the Snowmobile.” The Calgary Daily Herald, 7 March 1925, p. 20.

“Snowmobiles for Automobiles is New Idea; Scheme Tested.” The Windsor Star, 10 January 1925, p. 3.

The Snowmobile.  Advertisement. The Burlington Free Press, 6 October 1923.