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Starcraft Snow Star 290 Snowmobiles

I came across 2 identical Starcraft snowmobiles yesterday. From my research, these were made in 1970-1971. They have been sitting out in the field for decades and are now in pretty bad shape. Besides being that old, the unique thing about them is the low miles on them. One of them has 39 miles on the odometer and the other only has 42 miles.

I don't know what to do with them. Try to sell them to a collector ( I don't know if they are worth anything) or just pull our the motors and try to sell them ( I don't know what applications you could put a snow mobile engine in).

One is a Snowstar 290 and the other is a 290E. What is the difference
Or what they are worth?

Any help would be appreciated. I live in Colorado Springs, as you can see in the pictures, we don't get much snow anymore. Also no humidity so no rust as well.
I appreciate all information.
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Sweet find!

If you don't want anything to do with them, put a add on your local craigslist. Hard to say what they are worth, but definitely worth something.

Those would be awesome restoration projects!


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I think that those have Hirth engines.
Given the condition of the frames it would be worth the time to try to restore them before attempting to sell them.

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Sweet find!

If you don't want anything to do with them, put a add on your local craigslist. Hard to say what they are worth, but definitely worth something.

Those would be awesome restoration projects!

I thought about that, but I don't know what price to put on them. Not knowing anything about them, I don't want to give them away but I don't want to price myself out of the market either.
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I think that those have Hirth engines.
Given the condition of the frames it would be worth the time to try to restore them before attempting to sell them.
I'm just not into restoring these. I guess I could pay someone to restore them for me but I think I would have more money into the restoration than they would be worth afterwards. I am just trying to figure out what a fair price would be for the two of them.
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Actually it's a Sachs engine in the 290, but they did use Hirth engine in the 640 model.

If they were mine I would list them for 100-200 a piece.


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Actually it's a Sachs engine in the 290, but they did use Hirth engine in the 640 model.

If they were mine I would list them for 100-200 a piece.
Wow, I am surprised, 100-200 each doesn't seem like it is very much to me. That makes me wonder what other application those engines could be used on.
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Go Carts come to mind!

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In my opinion the only reason they really would have value to someone is because they are starcraft, and it's not everyday you come across one of them, even at that you have to look at what you have, I assume they don't run, possibly even the motors could be locked up?

Thats why I think a restoration project on one of them would be cool.


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Keep those sleds in tack. They appear to be good candidates for restore. They were distributed from Goshen, Indiana. Just 15 mile from me. I just found a 640 Starcraft Eliminator last night and going to pick it up today. 99polaris500 is in the ball park on pricing. I have been getting them for around $100 each. Would buy those two if closer to Indiana. The one is a 290 manual start and the 290E is for the electric start. Good Luck and great find.
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Cool sleds, especially with the low miles!

The price is right on for Craigslist. You might get more if you took them to a vintage swapmeet. Collectors of unique brands frequent events like that.

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Cool sleds, especially with the low miles!

The price is right on for Craigslist. You might get more if you took them to a vintage swapmeet. Collectors of unique brands frequent events like that.
Thank you
Whereabouts are these vintage swapmeets and how can you find out about them? I also just found out that the seat cushions have been stored in a shed. We haven't pulled them out yet, hopefully the mice have stayed away.
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To bad they were outside all this time. I think the Sachs single cyl engines were great. Hard to overheat, recoils last forever, and well balanced.

I had a 400 Escort with a 399 Kohler. It was as good or better as other sleds of it's vintage. Well maybe not a Sachs powered Panther.

Are the engines seized?

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Cool sleds! They sure would be great restored! You wouldn't see to many out on the trails that's for sure!



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Whereabouts are these vintage swapmeets and how can you find out about them? I also just found out that the seat cushions have been stored in a shed. We haven't pulled them out yet, hopefully the mice have stayed away.
Many happen this time of year. They are usually put on by clubs in smaller communities. Read the paper and look around on the internet wherever you get local news.

Too bad the rest of the sleds weren't stored in there too.

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