Back in 1939, Chicago’s Armour Institute of Technology built this massive vehicle to aid Rear Admiral Richard Byrd’s expedition to explore Antarctica. Unfortunately, they put slick tires on it, which proved to be less than optimal for driving on snow and ice.

They put it on a ship and trasnported it to Antarctica, where the unloading of the vehicle almost ended in disaster (see video below). When the Snow Cruiser proved to be pretty bad at cruising on snow, it was parked and used as a heated living quarters. The Snow Cruiser was left buried in the snow, and its whereabouts remain unknown.

Recently, The Atlantic published more photos of the Snow Cruiser that were discovered in the Boston Public Library. Clink the link to see the pictures.