First off, a little history of the Amphicar, for those of you who might not know it.
The Amphicar was built in Germany from 1961 to 1968. Total production was 3,878 vehicles. The Amphicar is the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass produced. 3,046 Amphicars were imported into the United States between 1961 and 1967. The Amphicar is rear engined and uses a 4 cylinder British-built Triumph Herald motor producing 43hp. All AmphicarsAmphicarsAmphicars are convertibles, and the civilian models were originally offered in only 4 colors, Beach White, Regatta Red, Lagoon Blue and Fjord Green (Aqua).
The backbone of the Amphicar's electrics is basically a Lucas 12 volt positive ground system with certain items such as the horn, lighting and switches made by other manufacturers such as Hella and Bosch.
The Amphicar has a top speed of 7mph on water and 70mph on land. Hence, it was dubbed the "Model 770". The Amphicar is moved in the water by its twin nylon propellers. A special two-part land-and-water transmission built by Hermes (makers of the Porsche transmission) allows the wheels and propellers to be operated either independently or simultaneously. The "land transmission" is a 4-speed-plus-reverse unit similar to those found in the old Volkswagen Beetles. The "water transmission" is a 2-speed offering unique to the Amphicar featuring single forward and reverse gears. In the water, the front wheels act as rudders.
When new the Amphicar sold for between $2,800 and $3,300, depending on the year. Later model years actually sold for less than those of early years. No 1968 model year Amphicars were directly imported into the USA. This was because of the U.S. Government's EPA and DOT regulations that went into effect beginning with 1968 model year vehicles. This caused a major financial disaster for the Amphicar Corporation since the USA represented about 90% of all Amphicar sales. The Amphicar factory in Berlin, Germany closed for good in 1968.
This Amphicar has a Fjord Green exterior, white convertible top and an Apricot interior. This car is not your typical over restored trailer queen, but an honest and original survivor. This car/boat sports her original paint!! While the original paint is not as glossy as new, and has some blemishes and chip areas, it is totally serviceable and I would not consider painting her. Enjoy her as she is or give her a new paint job and polish up a few doo-dads here and there to have her look better than new condition, as you please.
She has just about 6,000 original miles from new, and, to the best of my knowledge I am the third owner.
This vehicle has its original engine and transmission (rebuilt by previous owner). A remarkably rust free car, the previous owner had the rear quarters repaired and no other rust has ever manifested itself on this car at any time. Under the hood, you will find the original spare tire, convertible boot and original tool kit. (I have all 4 original tires, but they are somewhat dry rotted. The new owner is welcome to them, if desired.)
Since purchasing her almost 3 years ago, I have done all necessary regular and preventative maintenance, and have repaired or replaced all safety and drivability related items as needed. A partial list includes new brake lines, wheel cylinders, acid washing of radiator and oil cooler, and all fluids changed. I will be glad to provide the complete list to any interested parties.
As age has taken its toll, I have replaced the convertible top and the interior with a new original style kit. Also replaced were window and door weather-stripping and seals.
She runs as intended on the road and floats and swims like a champ. There are 2 independent bilge pumps for safety purposes, but she is so watertight, that I never needed to use them!!!
Receipts are on hand for all repairs.