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Amphicar also provides travel in the snow


The joke goes that the Amphicar is not a very good car, nor is it a very good boat. But that doesn’t keep the German imports from being quite popular with collectors, and with the curious but fascinated people who flock around them at car shows and auctions.

The Pick of the Day is a 1962 Amphicar 770 that the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, dealership offering the car on ClassicCars.com says is “a little older professional restoration” that got a new interior, convertible top, trunk lid, medallions engine, fuel system, wheel cylinders and brakes.

“This 1962 restored Amphicar 770 drives like it should and it does float… It is totally watertight,” the dealer promises, adding, “The last vehicle of this quality sold at Barrett-Jackson for 125k.”

There’s a story about that record-setting $125k amphicar sale a number of years ago. Reportedly the buyer had been imbibing and didn’t even remember bidding when awakened the following morning.

Nonetheless, Amphicar prices have escalated since that sale, though Hagerty.com suggests the average price for a ’62 is $46,100.

The Amphicar was the work of Hans Trippel, a German engineer who had been doing water-going motorcars since 1932. The Volkswagen Schwimmerwagen of World War II was one of his efforts. 

The New York-based Amphicar Corp. was part of the Quandt Group, which also owned (and still does) BMW, and was built at Industrie-Werke Karlsruhe by a team that included many people who had worked at Borgward. It was unveiled at an auto show in Germany in 1959 and introduced to North America at the New York show two years later.

The car is powered by a rear-mounted, 43-horsepower, 1147cc 4-cylinder engine from the Triumph Herald of the UK. It drives the rear wheels on land and twin propellers on water. The front wheels do the steering on road or river — or in snow!

“Amphicar is great in the snow, better than many 4x4s with 10 inches of ground clearance, a totally flat bottom, and narrow rear wheels give tremendous traction and ability,” the dealer points out. 

The asking price for this one is $78,950.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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