The first and only amphibious automobile that was ever produced in the history of the automotive industry was introduced to the world back in the 1960’s by Amphicar. Amphicar was a vehicle designed and built in Germany by the Quandt Group. Featuring an engine which had 1,147cc and based on the 1.2 Litre Triumph engine, the car boasted 43 horsepower and could either do 70 miles per hour on the land, or 7 knots on the water. Furthermore, the Amphicar would also be produced in other models which included 1300cc engines as well as 1500cc engines.
Marvelled as a triumph in design and considered to be state of the art for the time, the Amphicar made a name for itself in the chronicles of automotive industry and is still today a commonly referred to car by motoring enthusiasts. This car was even capable of crossing the English Channel back in 1968 even though there were 20 foot waves along with some gale force winds making this truly a sea and road worthy vehicle.
The Amphicar started its production in 1961 and would continue to be produced until 1965. However, sales never reached their target goal and as such they were continuously produced for the years between 1962 and 1965 by the extra parts left over from sales that never occurred. Furthermore, when they produced the cars, they would title it the year that it was sold and not the year that they actually manufactured it.
Although more than 20,000 Amphicars were anticipated to be sold yearly, by the time that the company officially shut its doors to the production, they had only managed to produce 3,878 cars. Most of the Amphicars made their way to the United States and sold there however some were fitted for right-hand drive and sold in the U.K., the remaining were used in various civil agencies in Germany.Original Authors: Nick (Globel Team)
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 29/08/2008