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BEAR CAT HISTORY
BY DAN CLANCY

 
DECEMBER  2009

David - Found some history on the Bear cat   Talked to the son of one of the owners / builders of the Bearcat Snowmobile.  Your Bear cat, mine, and (1) other Polar  Bear cat were all sold from a Dealer in Olean NY. A man ( Frank )  was the one who use to make the delivery to the Dealers from the shop in Oneida NY.  The main Office/dealer for them was just North in Marcy NY on Rt - 49.

He said the only dealers for the Bear cat were in NY only. The dealerships never made it out of NY.

They were all put together in a building the size of a (2) door garage.

If a customer wanted to pay a little extra for a custom color, they would do it at a extra cost.

All the Chassis were made from a company called Apex,  which also made chassis for Arctic Cat
and Roll-O-Flex.  They all used the Sport Series Hirth Motors with the Salsbury 850 clutch.

He said they all very good running machines.  His family was a Boa-Ski Dealer and a Roll-O-Flex
dealer.  Boa-Ski made the early Roll-O-Flex for Roll-O-Flex until 1972-73 when Roll-O-Flex started
to make there own snowmobiles.  Also- those hood vents on your Bear cat all they are is a piece of  air louver material with a Marine industry  ring, remember they used to use those rings to run the cables/fuel lines through on the outboards to prevent chaffing.  I asked Frank the total number of sleds that Bear cat ever made all together he saids for sure under 300  but he is not sure himself.

I have been told by another source from a friend of the family no more than 100 ever made.

Frank saids either way they are very rare to see today.

I am 1 of 2 people ever to contact him for information for a long time.

      DAN CLANCY - CAMILLUS NY

THANKS DAN FOR THE HISTORY ON THIS SLED.


 
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