If you wonder who might want 70 years old snowmobile, let us tell a story about the Bombardier B-7. Mentioned as one of the lots auctioned at the Amelia Island Auction house, this restored oldy features eight cylinders and seven seats and is auctioned at stating bid of $30,000.
Now compare it to the models with two / four -stroke engines. The Bombardier B-7 is a snow coach powered by a 3.6-liter Ford Flathead V8 engine, delivering up to 90 horsepower. Coupled to a three-speed manual gearbox, allowing the snowmobile's drive system sent to the rear tracks.
The snowmobile comes with a story to tell to its future owner. Joseph-Armand developed the Bombardier inspired by a personal tragic experience. His two-year-old son died during the winter because there was no existing transport for safe transportation to the hospital. This event motivated him to design a snow coach after realizing that his son’s situation wasn’t the first one in the '40s.
The first B-7s was launched in 1935 and became instantly popular. The main goal of the first Bombardier was to reach the impassable by foot terrain. Logically, the first snowmobiles were built from wood because back then the steel was heavier and would make the snowy terrain a bit harder to pass. This one of the first examples that resisted the passing time - it's intact and was a museum item.
The popularity and use of the Bombardier Snowmobiles faded after the Quebec government began clearing snow from the roads. Despite that, Bombardier had built a separate entity that manufactured business jets. Quite a journey, right?