SOTW: ARCTIC CAT EXT 550/PANTHER SNOWMOBILE
Shed suggests something novel and impractical - it must be Christmas...
And one of the best ways to keep going when the roads turn white is to replace tyres with tracks and wheels with skis. Which of course means that Shed has been on the look-out for snowmobiles in the run-up to the Holiday Season.
And while we do know that you can't (legally) go rocketing past stranded lorries down the snowbound outside lane of the M25 on one of these things in search of that next great SOTW bargain, why should we let reality get in the way of a good story?
So our first stop is Norway, from whence comes this magnificent-looking Arctic Cat Panther. With its fetching colour combination of maroon, brown and black, this 1982 machine would surely be the envy of your friends and family.
The seller has this up for £917, which isn't bad, but if you're prepared to go a bit farther afield we reckon we can do a little better...
sellmysnowmobile.com - a rather more modern beast. Again made by Arctic Cat, this time it's something called an EXT 550 EFI from 1993.
Now, we know next-to-nothing about snowmobiles, but we assume that this means a 550cc engine, and so consequently a fair ol' turn of speed. But exactly what sort of performance is rather beyond our ken.
For $1400 - which we reckon works out at a Shed-friendly £900-ish - with just 3000 miles beneath its tracks, we imagine you'd get quite a lot of performance fro your money. The only problem would be getting the thing from Maine and over to Blighty. And finding somewhere to ride it once the snow has melted...
Arctic Cat Panther ad (translated from Norwegian):
Arctic Cat Panther (1982)
Ok Panther, quite pretty to look at. Everything works out. Registered. Hook, storagebox (no lid), hold for chainsaw. Some minor edits can be corrected if one wants it, it is after all an old snowmobile (tears in the seat, etc.)
1993 Arctic Cat EXT 550 EFI
GREAT to mint cont. $1400.00 gets you a sled that is ready for most anything.
New track (1.25") new drive line bearings, new idler wheels, new plastic Cat skis.....
Great starter or second sled.