Old Sled Zone: 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650 cc

Lorne’s Vintage Sleds displays a bevy of snowmobiles in Lloydminster, Alberta

by Kyle Born

Larson’s 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650-cc Factory Grass Drag Sled is No. 28 of 35 ever built.
Larson’s 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650-cc Factory Grass Drag Sled is No. 28 of 35 ever built. Photo courtesy Lorne Larson

When it comes to old sleds, Lorne Larson’s snowmobile collection is unparalleled. He keeps his iconic rides on display at Lorne’s Vintage Sleds, his snowmobile museum in Lloydminster, Alberta.

Read an in depth article about Lorne’s Vintage Sleds to get a full grasp of how extensive Laron’s collection of snowmobiles truly is.

Today’s article highlights Larson’s 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650 cc.

Larson’s rarest snowmobile is a '72 Chaparral 650 Triple grass drag racer. “There were only 35 of them ever built,” he said. “This is number 28. There are only two or three of them left in existence. It's super rare. Chaparral was definitely ahead of their time. The Chaparral is second to none. It's super cool.”

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