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Rupp Manufacturing was founded in 1959 in Masfield, Ohio, by Mickey Rupp, initially building Dart Karts and mini-bikes. Vy 1964, Rupp was building snowmobile prototypes, and in 1965 they produced 500 sleds.

By 1970, Rupp produced 35,000 sleds, and sales topped $30 million, and in 1971 they employed 850 people. By 1972, consecutive years of poor snow cut into sales, and the company started losing money--by 1973 Mickey Rupp was forced to sell controlling interest in the company.

In 1976, Rupp seemed poised to make a comeback with a Nitro model that was tested by SnowSports magazine as a top performer, but even the popular Nitro couldn't save the company. In 1977, the owners filed bankruptcy, and partnered with Arctic Cat for production of their three remaining models, and by 1978 Rupp was gone from the snowmobile business.

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Sno Sport - 1967, 1967

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