1975 Rupp Centaur

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Post-Sale Update: This Rupp Centaur sold for the BIN of $3,500.

Founded in 1959, Rupp Manufacturing started out as a kart manufacturer in Mansfeld, Ohio. Within 10 years, they had grown to a 400-employee shop pumping out mini-bikes, go-karts, snowmobiles, and a 3-wheeler appropriately named the Rupp Centaur.

Rupp Centaur - Front

The Centaur was only sold in ’74 and ’75 – the first year was a one-seater, and the second year was a two-seater. You had four paint scheme options, and an all fiberglass body. Rumor has it that Rupp had partnered with Volkswagen to supply engines, however VW ended up trying to renegotiate prices and Rupp called their bluff. The engine contract instead went to Kohler for a 340cc fan-cooled snowmobile motor. What’s confusing is that Rupp had their own in-house snowmobile engines (like they used for their Go Joe), but for some reason they decided not to use them. Just 1,200 were ever built. Want more information? Check out this article from Hemmings.

Rupp Centaur - Logo

This specific Rupp Centaur has 5,200 miles and is completely original. It runs but the seller says it “requires TLC”.

Rupp Centaur - Rear

Find this Rupp Centaur for sale in Madison, Wisconsin with a BIN of $3,500 or best offer

Rupp Centaur - Right Side