Back in 1939, Chicago’s Armour Institute of Technology built this massive vehicle to aid Rear Admiral Richard Byrd’s expedition to explore Antarctica. For some inexplicable reason, they put slick tires on it, which were less than optimal for moving on snow and ice.

They did put it on a ship and trasnport 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 behind, and its whereabouts are now unknown. For more photographs of the Antarctic Snow Cruiser, head over to The Atlantic.