Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Amphicar Model 770

The Amphicar Model 770 is an amphibious car manufactured in West Germany and marketed from 1961 to 1968. Production stopped in 1965. The amphibious vehicle was manufactured by the Quandt Group at L├╝beck and at Berlin-Borsigwalde, with a total of 3,878 manufactured in a single generation. It featured a Triumph four-cylinder engine of 1147 cc, 8:1 compression ratio, rated at 38.3 bhp.
One owner said "We like to think of it as the fastest car on the water and fastest boat on the road." Time called it "a vehicle that promised to revolutionize drowning." Two Amphicars crossed the English Channel in Sept. 1965 surviving 20-foot waves and gale-force winds.
This pristine example is for sale on Car & Classic, with bidding at £36,000. That would be a bargain as Haggerty suggests a concours example will bring $127k.