The 1971 Arctic Cat King Kat 800…one of the original musclesleds!
Powered by the 800 Kawasaki four-banger, this and the 800 3-cylinder Hirth version were the biggest and gnarliest Arctic Cats of that year, and that era.
Only 124 of these babies were produced. They are among the most sought-after snowmobiles to this day.
This King Kat is owned by the Ische family of Glencoe, Minn., who allowed my to photograph it for the 50th Anniversary of Arctic Cat book that we produced in 2011.
To this day, and to my eyes, there is nothing that screams “BADASS!” on a snowmobile with quite the same authority as four cylinders sticking out of a hood.