|European Antique ski-doo and Vintage ski-doo|
Stefan from Sweden and Timo from Finland sent the following information and pictures (thanks Stefan and Timo): Lohnerwerke made ski-doos under license by Bombardier in Wien, Austria. The model names were R8, R10, and R14. R stands for Rotax and the numbers for the engine power in horsepower. The R8 was made in 1964/65, R10 in 1966, and the R14 in 1967/68. In 1969, there were a few Olympic 12/3s (called Olympics in Europe) assembled before the production discontinued. The Austrian made ski-doos had 90/ first in the serial number. Example: 90/3299.
Also, from a ski-doo expert in Sweden, and overall good guy Robert The Élan Man. Here's a picture of a "utility" euro-doo made by Lohnerwerke (you can see the round sticker on the side of the hood). I believe the air box is like the one on the '66-'67 Olys? This might suggest that it is made in 1966-68 although the chassis is a 64? Great photo Robert and thanks for sending it in.
Pretty cloudy history. From my research, the first Lynx was built in 1968 in Austria with a Rotax engine--thanks to Jukka for the photo of his, what I believe is a 1968, Lynx. From David's Vintage Snowmobile Site: A 1969 Lynx snowmobile was built in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland with a Sachs engine. According to Claude, The Finnish Lynxs were produced by Velsa Oy of Rovaniemi and became Bombardier-Nordtrac (Lynx ©) in early 1994. Thanks to David and Claude for their research--please visit David's entire site at www.vintagesnowmobiles.50megs.com
If you have any more information on the '60s and early '70s Lynx snowmobiles please let me know by clicking here to send an E-mail. Also, did Lynx ever make a racing snowmobile back in the day? If so, please let me know!
Lynx Click on Picture for full size
In Switzerland, Rolba snowmobiles built by Bombardier, were sold in the early to mid '60s. If anyone has anymore information or Rolba pictures please send 'em in! Thanks to Renee in Canada for sending in the three below!
|Rolba 1961 K61|
(Sent in by Renne)
|Gérard from France just found this ROLBA 1974 Alpine 640ER at a ski resort in France. Thanks Gérard for sending it in!|
|1963 R8 Varg produced in Norway by Colbjonsen & Co. Licensed to produced ski-doo in '63 and '64, only the R8. The Norwegian name on the sled was Varg (wolf). Many thanks to Erlend L in Norway for the use of his picture.||