AUTOROTICA: For Land and Sea—the Amphicar

More Get Smart than James Bond, the automobile called the Amphicar was a quirky German vehicle produced between 1961 and 1968, and designed for the U.S. market. The Amphicar is, of course, a portmanteau for “amphibious” and “car”—designed to drive across both land and sea.

Something like 4,000 Amphicars were produced. President Lyndon Johnson was known as an owner of an Amphicar. Rumor has it that he enjoyed frightening passengers by driving them downhill directly into his a lake, all the while shouting that he had malfunctioning brakes. Amphicars have been known to Cross the English Channel (1968), navigate the Yukon River in Alaska (1965) and drive/sail to Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California (in the late ‘70’s). Recently, an Amphicar was listed for sale on eBay, and achieved a $25,000 sail sale.

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