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AMPHICAR 1964
CHRYSLER Airflow 1934
CADILLAC Touring 1926
CADILLAC Eldorado Brougham 1957-58

CADILLAC Convertible 1966
CITROEN Traction Avant
FERRARI 250 GT Lusso
PONTIAC Fiero GT 1988
IMPERIAL 1955-56
IMPERIAL 1962
IMPERIAL 1981-83
JAGUAR E Type
JAGUAR Mark II
LOTUS Europe Serie 1
MASERATI 3500 GT
MG Midget
MG TF 1500
MORGAN 4/4 Competition 1968
PIERCE ARROW Roadster 1929
ROLLS ROYCE Phantom II 1934
STANLEY Steamer 1924
STUDEBAKER Hawk
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1964 AMPHICAR
 
1964 AMPHICAR
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AMPHICAR 1964
1964 AMPHICAR
AMPHICAR 1964
 

TECHNICAL

ENGINE:
4 cylinders in line, bore: 69,3 mm, stroke: 76 mm, capacity: 1147 cm3 (TRIUMPH).
Compression: 8 : 1
40.2 HP SAE (38.3 HP DIN) @ 4750 rpm.
Torque: 8.19 Mkg SAE (7.8 Mkg DIN ) @ 2500 rpm .
Overhead valve
12 V. Battery: 32 Ah.

TRANSMISSION:
LAND: manual 4 speed.
WATER: 1 forward, 1 rearward, 2 propellers.

SUSPENSION:
F: independent.
R: independent.

BRAKES:
F & R: drums.

TIRES:
6.40 x 13".

CHASSIS FEATURES:
Wheelbase: 210 cm.
Front tread: 121.2 cm. Rear tread: 126 cm.
Overall lenght: 433 cm.
Height: 152 cm.
Weight: 1000 kg.

CAPACITIES:
Coolant : 7 l; oil: 4.5 l; gas : 47 l.

 
     
 

In the euphoria of the fifties and sixties some extraordinary cars were born... Among the rare that were produced in series the amphibian created by Herr Hans Trippel ( he was the creator of about anything that roll and floated at that time) was launch in 1961 under the cool name of Amphicar, certainly more poetic name that of the company that created it .

Carefully built in Germany, it is a pure Germanic product, except for the English engine which origin is of Triumph. Why this decision ? The German industry at that time and in this category of cubic capacity had hardly other choices but to propose the VW Beetle motor (it's air cooling system is much more appropriate for aviation ! Whereas boats are much more at ease with a water cooling system ! ) A French engine ? Not enough or too powerful, therefore heavy. A Italian engine ? Too fragile ? In fact, the Triumph engine was not such a bad idea, although the weight of Amphicar seriously limits it's performances as well on the ground as on water: it is a robust engine, equipped with a good torque, which is extremely appropriate for one... boat ! More especially as the oil drops which it loses, in the great British tradition, are used as rust preventive with the hull of this ship which is fully made of steel.

The style of the Amphicar is a compromise between the Italian style of the time (cf: Renault Florida due to Frua and certain contemporary convertible DKW), to which the inevitable wings "for the American look" seemed to be added. In fact they play there perfect role when it is a question of facing the waves as well as protecting the mechanics liberally equipped with aerators on the lid of the back trunk.

The marine accessories (navigation lights, bilge pump, shifter for the propellers and the hand accelerator) are the only addition to any other conventional cars, the four windows are manually operated and the hood folds almost with ease.

On ground, control is in any point similar to any contemporary cars with the pleasure of being four individuals rolling in a convertible. The suspension is firm, the direction precise, the brakes suitable, the performance limit is primarily due to the fact that final ratio is short and with maximum speed, the engine turns very quickly which discourages the driver.

But the great pleasure arrives whereas one approaches a water setting ramp: after having properly locked the two additional handles on each doors which seals them while rolling, one engages the propellers, one goes down ( sometimes plunges ) in the water, it is then safe to gear in neutral "Ground" and then... there we go !

The maritime behavior is perfectly suitable and Amphicar is not a bad boat ! The changes of course are done using the steering, the wheels are the rudder. If there were to be one default that one would be located in the change of course towards port side is broader than to starboard for the propellers are turning clock wise, they contribute thus to this turn on the right !

Land, Ahoy !... Keep on going, one engages the first ground gear while aligning oneself on the exit ramp, one leaves the water, disengages the propellers and there we go. No matter where you go ! There you are ! So there we go !

 


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