The 1964 Amphicar

We've featured various amphibious vehicles on WU before. But my research seems to indicate we have not highlighted the most famous, seen in this video. Please note that inventor Hans Trippel was working on this concept thirty years previously, as seen in the clipping.


     Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 13, 2021
     Category: Inventions | Oceans and Maritime Pursuits | 1930s | 1960s | Cars

Are you familiar with the Volkswagen Schwimwagen? Not as fancy as this model and built for the military only, some examples pop up from time to time out of barns across the territory once occupied by the Germans. Some 14,000 units were built.
Posted by KDP on 06/13/21 at 09:35 AM
Horse-cakes! Unless that German tub is somehow not a displacement vessel, it having a speed in the water of 15 knots is impossible. Sorry, not 15 MPH either, or even 15 KPH. Nice captain's hat, though.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 06/13/21 at 09:50 AM
I love the quotes in Wikipedia's Amphicar article:
"We like to think of it as the fastest car on the water and fastest boat on the road."
"It's not a good car and it's not a good boat, but it does just fine"
Time’s Dan Neil called it "a vehicle that promised to revolutionize drowning"
Posted by Phideaux on 06/13/21 at 03:04 PM
I'm pretty sure I saw one at a car show I attended as a child.
Posted by ges on 06/13/21 at 08:08 PM
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