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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
In honor of the popular ski cars and TC bringing in some classics from the 60's, what is your favorite classic/retro ski transportation..I will start with...



Gotta love the 810's and ST's too!
post #2 of 29
Thank you for bringing a smile to my day!
I wish I had a picture of my first ski car.
It was cheap, got great gas mileage, and had plenty of room for a friend, two sets of skis, and boots of course.
AMC Gremlin


I'm going to have to search for some old pics at my moms house.
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
I am sure that Epic will post some cool vintage Audi 200 Avant
post #4 of 29
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I am sure that Epic will post some cool vintage Audi 200 Avant
I was thinking more along these lines.

http://www.isham-research.co.uk/quat...es/quattro.jpg
post #5 of 29
This one is easy. The 1967 VW microbus camper:


The most hallowed vintage ski vehicle ever.
The places I went, the things I did...
post #6 of 29

We all piled into a

DS 23 5 door.


Fun'n'games in the Kalkalpen passes, 15 years before the Karawankentunnel was built.
post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
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I was thinking more along these lines.

http://www.isham-research.co.uk/quat...es/quattro.jpg
I going Coupe, I figured you more for one of these..
post #8 of 29
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I going Coupe, I figured you more for one of these..
That's kinda what I was looking for. Of course if those are vintage, so is a 959.
post #9 of 29
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That's kinda what I was looking for. Of course if those are vintage, so is a 959.
something like this...

If that can't get you to the ski area, the lifts aren't running
post #10 of 29
Through the years, starting in 1975, until 1982;

Used 1961 Morris 850 (Mini) $400
Used 1967 Porsche 912 $1600
Used 1975 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT 2000 $4500
New 1980 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Berlina 2000 $12,000

The Mini was FWD, Porsche was rear engine RWD, the Alfa's had a rear mounted trans-axle and RWD. All were better in the snow than any RWD American car, except the Corvair. However, keeping the Alfas and MINI happy in a cold climate was always a challenge.

I went on to own several more Alfa's, it was a illness. Later in the eighties I had a FWD Subaru, which I liked.

Michael
post #11 of 29
I had a 1974 Pontiac Grand Am with 400 cubes, double barrel Holley carb., and posi-traction. With steel belted radial snows, it went anywhere in any weather (and I was young and dumb enough to do just that).
post #12 of 29
1974 Super Beetle with Michelin studded radial snow tires. It would go anywhere with its narrow wheels, high clearance and engine in the back. The engine in the back was useful for more than traction. If you let off the gas the car would automatically straighten out on the road.
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post #14 of 29
Ok. Heres a pic I googled up of a copy of my old ride to the hill, a '72 Ford Country Squire wagon. A 400 cid, 4 snows and positrack. That beast never got stuck. I remember blasting through 4' drifts at 75 mph. Great fun!

http://www.flee.com/ltd/gueststars/72_cs_belgium.jpg

Gee. I haven't changed much.
post #15 of 29
Not mine, but my mother worked at the Bureau of Reclamation (Denver Federal Center) and some of the engineers used to take me skiing with them. They were International Harvester geeks and I'd pretty much tag along with anyone willing to take me skiing. (Not much has changed in 40 years.)

Many days after school in the mid/late 60’s I would ride my bike to the Fed Cntr and watch operation of the scaled dam models and hydraulic presses the size of a small house used to test tensile strength of rock and various concrete compounds associated with the dam projects. I was a kid in a candy store!

Some fun memories in these. Gas was soooo inexpensive then..

post #16 of 29
SAAB, as an early pioneer of the front wheel drive and turbo charged engine that didn't lose power at high altitudes, was perhaps among the best suited ski car- even more so with the hatchback versions. Still see quite a few around at ski areas in the PNW.

It was overtaken in ski area parking lots by the now ubiquitous all-wheel drive Subie. The Saab is still a great ski car though.The SAAB sedans and station wagons and Subie models are more affordable and less polluting than many 4-wheel drives.


And on a somewhat related SAAB/ski industry note see:http://www.duemotori.com/news/auto_n..._ski_line_.php
post #17 of 29
'65 VW Beetle. Red. Studs on the back. That thing went everywhere.

I remember one day going to Mt. Pilchuck (now closed) to ski with my brother. There was a big storm the night before and it was a clear, cold day. Probably about 18" of new, light snow. We drove up the winding approach road and OH NO! There was a Camero slid off to the side which caused others to stop as well. The road was slick and there was seemingly no room to get by. There were people out of their cars walking around trying to figure out how to get going. I just kept going and was able to thread the needle. We were the last car up the hill before the whole thing jammed up. There were only about 20 cars at the ski area for the first few hours because of this huge jam and we got all that powder to ourselves. When the others finally showed up, we left engorged on uncut.

If I hadn't been in that car we would have been stuck too. Oh, the good times!
post #18 of 29
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1974 Super Beetle with Michelin studded radial snow tires. It would go anywhere with its narrow wheels, high clearance and engine in the back. The engine in the back was useful for more than traction. If you let off the gas the car would automatically straighten out on the road.
Other than the heater boxes nover working. I recall trying to heat my 74 Super Beetle with Sterno...big mistake!
post #19 of 29
You had to get the optional gas heater for those, I do seem to recall a few interesting events with them.

I had a '69 square-back sedan (aka wagon) with a vacuum cleaner hose running from the ducts under the rear seat to the dash because the normal ducts that ran under the doors were rusted out.
post #20 of 29
Barretscv you are a man(?) of style.
How about my tragic Euro obsession
'67 Beetle
'74 Microbus
'73 BMW 3.0 Si
'69 Fiat 125S - Couldn't turn heater on! Fix It Again Tony!
'69 Fiat 124S - Couldn't turn heater off!
'74 Citroen DS 23 Safari (official car French Ski Team)
'82 Citroen 2CV 600cc wondercar....

and lately a 2002 Alfa Romeo 156 Selespeed JTS - a love hate relationship - typically Italian
post #21 of 29

No Renault 4? EVERYONE had those.

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'82 Citroen 2CV 600cc wondercar....


and one for trekchick



aka the russian Suzuki X90

post #22 of 29
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and one for trekchick



aka the russian Suzuki X90

Awe!
Thanks!
Psssst, did you know I ski a bit long?
Can I get a rack for that?
post #23 of 29
What the hell is that thing? A Zil?
post #24 of 29
Lada Niva. Canada only.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by malibu View Post
Barretscv you are a man(?) of style.
How about my tragic Euro obsession
'67 Beetle
'74 Microbus
'73 BMW 3.0 Si
'69 Fiat 125S - Couldn't turn heater on! Fix It Again Tony!
'69 Fiat 124S - Couldn't turn heater off!
'74 Citroen DS 23 Safari (official car French Ski Team)
'82 Citroen 2CV 600cc wondercar....

and lately a 2002 Alfa Romeo 156 Selespeed JTS - a love hate relationship - typically Italian
Now that's a Beautiful obsession. I always wanted a Citroen Traction Avant: http://www.traction.ch/history/hist_ta_e.html

Cheers,

Michael
post #26 of 29
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What the hell is that thing? A Zil?
Naah -- it's a Yugo with a 6" lift.
post #27 of 29
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'65 VW Beetle. Red. Studs on the back. That thing went everywhere.

I remember one day going to Mt. Pilchuck (now closed) to ski with my brother. There was a big storm the night before and it was a clear, cold day. Probably about 18" of new, light snow. We drove up the winding approach road and OH NO! There was a Camero slid off to the side which caused others to stop as well. The road was slick and there was seemingly no room to get by. There were people out of their cars walking around trying to figure out how to get going. I just kept going and was able to thread the needle. We were the last car up the hill before the whole thing jammed up. There were only about 20 cars at the ski area for the first few hours because of this huge jam and we got all that powder to ourselves. When the others finally showed up, we left engorged on uncut.

If I hadn't been in that car we would have been stuck too. Oh, the good times!


I remember coming down the Mt Pilchuck road in a 1950 chevy with no brakes with my buddy driving and being scared s---less
post #28 of 29
How about a 1958 Ford panel truck. I lived in one ski bumming from Jackson to Taos. Lots of good Karma in that thing.

The worst ever was a 70's vintage Ford Courier pickup I had . No traction what so ever. that thing would spin out running over a french fry. Even with ceeement blocks and sand bags in the back it still wouldn't go in snow.

The all time best was a 1962 Lincoln Continental Mark II, the one with suicide doors, that my buddy had. Super comfort, heavy,lots of traction with snow tires, powerful, and with a super back seat for--. We called it the crematorium cause the heater was either off all together or on full blast and cooking your butt.
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