Coming across one of Porsche’s obscure collector’s items is always a treat. And although they’re few and far between, there are a handful of interesting entries that make their way into the public space. The Arova x Porsche 212 Skibob is one such example — boasting an interesting design, packable silhouette, and a rare aesthetic that reminisces the carefree ideology of the 1970s.
The 212 Skibob was created by Arova for Porsche in 1970 — giving interested buyers an alternative to traditional means of transportation while on the mountain. For those without the skill or composure to head down the slopes on a pair of conventional snow-sliders, the Skibob was an innovative cross between both a bobsled and ski, making it exceptionally easy to use. On the front of the bob, a specially-designed foot was implemented, allowing riders to maneuver, carve, and jump to their heart’s content. The 212’s 30-pound weight was a bit more cumbersome than its competitors. So, with transportation in mind, Arova design the Skibob to disassemble after use, allowing it to fit perfectly within the front storage compartment of a Porsche 911. Better yet, the hollow body of the 212 doubles as a storage area, allowing riders to pack a thermos, food, and first aid equipment for a day at the mountain. If you’re interested in acquiring your own, this one-of-a-kind 212 Skibob is slated for an upcoming auction via RM Sotheby’s.