Weird Car Of The Day: 1964 Amphicar Model 770

Designed by Hans Trippel, the Amphicar was revealed at the New York Auto Show in 1961 and manufactured in West Germany from 1960 to 1965, producing a total of 3,878 units. Marketed as a “sports car that swims,” it failed to gain popularity, possibly due to its modest performance both on land and in the water. Nevertheless, the amphibious cruiser did fulfill the aquatic aspect of its slogan.

The Amphicar, equipped with a Triumph Herald 1147cc engine and Hermes 4-speed transmission, achieved a maximum speed of 70 mph on land. Its 2-speed transmission for water, coupled with twin nylon propellers providing both forward and reverse, allowed the Amphicar to reach a top speed of 7 mph. These speeds collectively coined the car’s model designation, the 770. The steel hull conferred such stability in water that it was considered unsinkable.

Although the Amphicar was never perceived as a high-performance automobile, it remains a novelty cherished by those who value its distinctiveness and charm. Nationwide events known as swim-ins bring together Amphicar owners, providing a platform to share their enthusiasm for these remarkable classics.

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