Old Sled Sighting—1981 Chrysler Sno-Runner (Part 3)

The Chrysler Sno-Runner was a forerunner to today's modern snowbikes.

A vintage 1981 Chrysler Sno-Runner.
A vintage 1981 Chrysler Sno-Runner. Photo: Jeff Tanach/Rick Rivers

Jeff Tanach and Rick Rivers' excellent vintage snowmobile collecting adventures never seem to end. In this, the third part of this series, we feature their Chrysler Sno-Runner which was also called the SnoRabbit by some.

We know that snowbikes are one of the hottest and fastest growing segments of the snowmobile industry these days, but don't forget the humble roots of the early "snow bikes" like the Sno-Runner or even Yamaha's SnoScoot (which I hear is rumoured to be coming back for the company's 50th Anniversary in 2017).

Here is some info on the Chrysler Sno-Runner, writes Jeff Tanach:  "It is a 1981, 135cc Chrysler Power Bee motor with decompression and a pin release allows for easy disassembly: handle bars, motor, skis are removable."

"The Sno-Runner only weighs 80 lbs and fits in the trunk of a car," he adds. Plus he says, "Parts and complete units (some in original crates) are readily available from a vendor on the Net. The frame is made of aluminum with the gas tank being a structural part of it. The unit was not running when I got it. It has been totally disassembled, painted, powder coated and reassembled. It runs great, kind of like a mini bike on snow."

Thanks to Jeff Tanach and Rick Rivers of St. Andrews, Manitoba for contributing their story and photos about the Manta, Raider, Trail Roamer and, of course, this week's Chrysler Sno-Runner. Happy riding and collecting.

Got a vintage snowmobile story you would like to share? How about some old time snowmobiling pictures? Share them with us at SnoRiders: [email protected]

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