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by Larry S. , Washington
The car is a 1966 Amphicar. They were German-built -- about 3,500 imported into the US between 1962 and 1967. About 200 more were manufactured in 1968, but had to remain in Europe, not meeting US bumper or door-beam standards. As this vehicle was primarily designed for the US market, the company folded.
The power plant is the 43hp, 1172cc British Standard Motor (Triumph Herald/early Spitfire). Rear-engine, rear wheel drive. The transmission is a special transaxle with a power take-off forward for the 10' twin propellers. They were identified as the Model 770, indicating 7 in the water and 70 on land. In actuality, I can do 60 maybe 65 on the freeway and about 7 knots (10 mph) in smooth water.
They are the only commercially produced amphibious vehicle. Hans Trippel (of VW Schwimvagen fame) was the primary engineer/inventor. "Driving like a boat & floating like a car"