Available for auction is an Arova-Porsche 212 Skibob. According to the seller, this example is in very good condition and is 100% complete including the two feet mounted skis.
In 1970, Skibob manufacturer Arova created the 212 for Porsche and specially designed it to be able to fold down small enough to fit into the 911’s trunk. Skibobs were developed in the late 1960s as a new method of skiing, particularly for those who may be disabled or lack the leg and knee strength required for normal skiing. The name is a contraction of “ski” and “bobsled”. With the design done by Porsche, the 212 featured front and rear shock strut suspension, and seating for two adults. An unusual feature for Skibobs.
Porsche designed the 212 with a hollow body that can hold a thermos and a sandwich for a day on the slopes. When folded, the feet, suspension, handlebars, and steering shaft fit neatly into the body, allowing the 212 to fit into the front trunk of a 911. With a total weight of approximately 30 lbs, the 212 is heavier than most Skibobs due to the body being made from molded polyfoam and aluminum struts with fiberglass feet.
These hard-to-find Skibobs rarely find their way to the slopes and now are most often found in the hands of Porsche collectors. With just a few hundred made, it’s not known how many have survived to this day. The buyer is responsible for shipping, handling, and fees.
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