The Amphicar 770 on offer at Classic Park was imported from the United States to Europe about 20 years ago and comes with Italian customs documents and an ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano) Certificate. In 2009 the vehicle was completely mechanically overhauled, re-sprayed and fitted with a new hood and interior.
The Amphicar (1961-1968) was designed by the German Hans Trippel, who already experimented with these so-called Swimmwagen (floating cars) in the '30s. During the Second World War he produced amphibious vehicles for the German army. After his release from prison in 1948, where he was imprisoned for war crimes, he made a re-start with the construction of "normal", smaller cars. Building Schwimmwagen was in fact forbidden in Germany by the Allies. It was however not a very successful venture and in 1958 Trippel founded Eurocar GmbH to fully concentrate again on the production of Schwimmwagen. With the Alligator as a first result. The Amphicar 770 followed in 1961.
The Amphicar was developed specifically for the US market. From the 3878 cars built, 3046 were therefore sold in the US. The production number was low, partly because of the high purchase price, which could buy you two Volkswagen Beetles. Moreover, the Amphicar was eventually not able to meet with US regulations regarding safety and emissions.
The Amphicar with convertible body was rear wheel driven by a rear-mounted 1147 cc, four-cylinder Triumph Herald engine. To guarantee the water-tightness somewhat the bodywork and chassis had a unitary construction. A special transmission provided the two propellers with sufficient power to achieve a speed of six knots (7 mph, 11 km / h) on the water. Top speed on land was about 70 mph (110 km / h). One owner allegedly said: "We like to think of it as the fastest car on the water and fastest boat on the road." US President Lyndon B. Johnson was the proud owner of an Amphicar and boasted great pleasure in frightening the living daylights out of his guests by driving the car at full speed into the water while shouted that the brakes of the vehicle were malfunctioning!
That the design functioned well became clear when in 1962 The Channel was crossed from Dover to Calais by two Amphicars (in the end one had to be towed by the other) in seven hours and 20 minutes.
1964 On Land and water with the Amphicar 770!
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