Sometime on a cold winter day in the late 1960s, a jazzy suit wearing Chrysler product man had a brilliant idea. Imagine combining the snow slaying capability of a snowmobile with the fun & cost of a moped — and the Sno Runner was born. Find these 1970s Chrysler Marine Sno Runners offered for $1,000 in La Habra, CA via craigslist.
paper vellum, in a smoke filled 1960s Chrysler Outboard Marine division board room, the Sno Runner seemed like a sure thing — basically a powered SkiBob, or half a snowmobile. Unfortunately for Chrysler, a recession was going to decimate their bottom line, and a 7 horsepower snow-ped that could barely hit 25mph on flat ground made about as much sense to a consumer as a pepto pink Dodge Challenger.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that a Sno Runner looks like a doozie of a good time, but then I like sketchy handling vehicles that might fall over at speed without a hint of warning. With a wheeled vehicle, even something as slow as a moped has a considerable advantage due to the magic of gyroscopic stability and the fact that tires grip the road exactly a million times better than a rigid mounted ski grips snow/slush/ice/the-edge-of-a-cliff.
If you want more info on the Sno Runner, the above video from youtube gives some more details, and oddly enough you can buy all sorts of service/repair parts and cans of Mountain Dew on Snorunner.com.