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Amphicars: Aquatic Automobiles

Posted September 22, 2010 9:00 AM by dstrohl

What would you do with two Amphicars? The same Michigan dealer has two of the seafaring automobiles (or is that road-going watercraft?) for sale on Hemmings.com right now, both of them 1964 770 models, one in red and the other in white.

According to the descriptions for the two Amphicars, they are both roadworthy and ship-shape. We envision a single-marque land-and-sea drag-racing event, preferably with the dragstrip ending at the water's edge. The quarter-mile would be timed in days rather than seconds, but those would be a few entertaining days, at least.

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09/23/2010 4:33 AM

A quick look at the design of these cars suggests they are going to get bogged down quite quickly at the water's edge, either while entering the water or leaving it. Look at the tires...

If you limit your operation to areas where appropriate concrete boat ramps are available, what good are they?

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09/23/2010 6:10 AM

You don't see any advantage in being able to use the same vehicle to go fishing on the lake and to get groceries in town when the fish don't bite? I think that's pretty useful, myself. Not that I'm going to be bidding on these babies - they're certainly far out of my league.

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09/23/2010 6:25 AM

I have always wanted a dual-medium vehicle, but these aren't going to get in and out of the water easily. I have seen others that will...

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09/23/2010 6:52 AM

This one belongs to a former co-worker of mine. He did a near complete rebuilt and body job on it. It cam out beautiful. This photo is on the Connecticut river with some other mates from work heading off to a local watering hole, no not the river itself..... They are really a lot of fun.

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09/23/2010 3:14 PM

D,

I like the basic idea of a X-race... in this case, for amphibious vehicle development, and the media coverage would increase the visibility and viablity of innovations in these vehicles.

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09/23/2010 4:03 PM

Here's my idea of the ideal amphibious vehicle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p3HF0WPfa8

A friend of mine on one of the local islands has a couple of these (both sitting idle, due to a lack of spare parts). I didn't say they were perfect, but it CAN get in and out of the water...

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09/23/2010 4:23 PM

this 'jump in the water' maneouvre would be what I would call the 'acid test' of amphibious vehicles. wahoo!

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09/23/2010 6:01 PM

This car would get me in trouble SO fast. The local police would go nuts trying to catch me in it. First time they found it on dry land, it would be impounded, and i would get shot,lol.

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