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MHV
Spectra I

It was 1970 when Modern Hover Vehicles brought forth their Spectra-1.  The tandem seating, now common place, seemed revolutionary.  It was unfortunately marketed as a replacement to the snowmobile - which it wasn't! Twin vertically mounted axial fans were powered by a Kohler 18.5 hp 2-stroke engines to provide lift.  A Kohler 27.5 hp 2-stroke engine was directly connected to a 2-bladed propeller.

 

(the following was taken from the MHV brochure)

Specifications

  • Length 10'

  • Width 6'

  • Height 4'

  • Skirt Depth 10"

  • Hovergap 1"

  • Weight 550 lbs

  • Weight (with fuel) 600 lbs

  • Max Payload 360 lbs

  • Flotation 1000 lbs buoyancy  from closed cell rigid polyrethene foam

  • Construction Moulded fibreglass body

  • Electrical 12 volt, electric start

  • Lift Engine Kohler 309 air cooled 18.5 HP Single Cylinder

  • Propulsion Engine Kohler 399 air cooled 27.5 HP Twin Cylinder

  • Fuel Capacity 5 gallons (about 2 hrs running)

  • Speed    Over land up to 45 MPH    Over water up to 40 MPH    Over ice up to 60 MPH

The manufacturer's address was

MHV Ltd
Box 50 1078 Queensdale Ave.
Blossom Park
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel: (613) 822-6525
 

 

 

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