How To Drive A Car On Water – Amphi Car
Everyone meet the Amphi Car!
What is it?
The amphibious car also known as a “Amphi Car” is a German classic car from the 60s that leads a double life as boat. Consider yourself lucky if you get to take a ride in one of these gems because total production was less than 4,000 vehicles. It is the only massed produced amphibious passenger car ever made.
How does it work?
This well crafted machinery is powered by a 4 cylinder Triumph Herald engine thats produces 43 horsepower and it’s located at the rear of the vehicle. The Amphi car has a top speed of 7mph on water and 70mph on land. Hence, it was dubbed the “Model 770”. The Amphi car is moved in the water by its twin nylon propellers.
A special two-part land-and-water transmission allows the wheels and propellers to be operated either independently or simultaneously. The “land transmission” is a 4-speed-plus-reverse unit The “water transmission” is a 2-speed featuring single forward and reverse gears. In the water, the front wheels act as rudders. All Amphicars are convertibles, and the civilian models were originally offered in only 4 colors, Beach White, Regatta Red, Lagoon Blue and Ford Green (Aqua).
Where can I find them?
Today there are fewer than 600 seaworthy amphi cars. If you want to have a one in a life time experience you can check your local swim ins at amphicar.com or you can always take a trip to Disney World Orlando where they offer rides are their boathouse.
Hit the water running, sit back, relax, and make sure you brake for fish! Thank you for hanging out with me today. I’ll see you at the next adventure!