Snow-Trac ST4: What Would You Use It For?

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Wow! So when you want to go fishing in the winter in Sweden, this is what you create! This 1970-ish (the seller isn’t quite sure) Snow-Trac ST4 is available here on eBay UK and is located in Dutton, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Bidding is currently at 2,550 pounds, which equates to $3,192 at the moment. That certainly seems inexpensive to me! Thanks to Barn Finds reader George G. for this great find!

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I give this one a thumbs up, too! Just imagine being able to take this, well, pretty much anywhere you want! And there’s an extra set of tracks as well if you need them. Now you may be wondering how exactly is a vehicle like this created? Thanks to the very informative site snow-trac.com I can tell you that a Swedish chief engineer for a farm implement company wanted to go fishing in the winter with his brother. They started development in 1954, and by 1957 the Snow-Trac ST4 was in production. It stuck around through a sale of the company, finally going out of production in 1981, but not after being used to groom snow at ski resorts all over the world.

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You enter and exit through this one door in the rear. The rubber tracks should be less damaging to roads than steel ones, but I still don’t know if something like this is legal on your roads. It doesn’t look like it’s ever been street licensed in the UK, either.

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Pretty rudimentary interior, although it doesn’t look to be in bad shape. This one is powered by a Volkswagen diesel engine, although we don’t get to see it. I love the exhaust protruding right from the front! So tell me, what would you use this one for? Personally, as the owner of a small tractor, I can see using this in a similar fashion to the way I use my tractor. But I want to know how you would use it!

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Comments

  1. Howard A Member

    Well, I’m not sure where everybody lives, but in N.Wis. we haven’t had a snowy winter in years. Fact is, some snowmobile clubs are selling their groomers, because there just isn’t any snow anymore.( you can make up your own mind why) Btw, there is a picture of the motor on the last frame, sure is a proven unit, although, diesels can be temperamental in cold weather, and not the most powerful motor either. Nothing like tracks to get you through the deep stuff. Cool find.

  2. JW

    Unless you live on Walton’s mountain I couldn’t see much use for the average person. Maybe the ski resorts in the rocky mountains for rescue purposes but that’s about it. JMHO !!!

  3. AMCSTEVE

    Zombie apocalypse killing machine

  4. redwagon

    had a red or burgundy one with grey tracks – as a matchbox back in the late ’60s. never really knew what it was other than cool.

    our local ski hill with xc facilities could use it as a groomer but i would bet it’s expensive and not as stable as the pistin bully we have now. cool find and yes, using it to get access to winter fishing sites is another top use.

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  5. firefirefire

    it’d be great on the beach.

  6. Amicus

    Maybe seller didn’t see the British Met Office forecast for this winter. Snow and prolonged cold before posting.

  7. Peter

    If you look at the second photo from the top it’s clear this vehicle is for grass skiing. It is in fact a Grass-trac not a Snow-trac.

  8. Doc

    No doubt it would be expensive to ship stateside, but if someone wanted to buy it for me, I’d vow to DD it for a year and blog about the adventure!

  9. Dave Claessens

    I live in South Central Oregon. There are z great many back roads to explore. Unfortunately many folks get stuck or lost and some homes get entirely block off from standard vehicle access. So I would have fun and provide a service to our community and the volunteer fire department. I would love to own one

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  10. Igor

    I am on the hunt for a Snow Trac, I live in Maine USA, anybody hear news or know someone who might know someone please let me know!
    Thanks all, enjoy, Igor
    maine@bradfordcamps.com

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