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Friday, April 20, 2012

April 20: Amphicars - a fool and their money

My last blog was about flying cars, so I thought floating cars would be an excellent follow-up (actually recommended by my buddy, Jeff). These things make a bit more sense, but "sense" in this case is a relative term. My favorite is this one........


Road washed out? Bridge down? Tsunami? No problem, this intercity tour bus just takes to the water. Let's hope that the water is calm, since I can't imagine this behemoth being any too stable once the wind comes up. At least the yellow will be easy for the search and rescue copters to spot.

How about that well known little amphibian, the Amphicar.........

Great on land? Great in the water? Sure, believe whatever you want, but they were generally a 1960's novelty item that wasn't very good at either.

Nostalgia has its place, but be careful of it at a collector car auction. Two or three years ago, two folks got into a bidding war at a Barrett-Jackson auction and one of them ended up paying around $120k for this nutty little rig. That got everyone excited and suddenly lots of them ended up in auctions, but sanity has since reigned and I believe they now sell in the $50k range. A fool and their money......

But there has to be a good amphibian somewhere.......


This is the European Gibbs Aquada (rolls off the tongue doesn't it?). Supposedly a great car on and off the water and only costs about $250K! $250,000 dollars! For that price buy a nicely equipped 911 and a nice boat. Sure people won't look at you as if you were an idiot, but guaranteed you'll be happier. Again, a fool and their money........

Flying cars, floating cars.......will my next blog be on underground cars? Unlikely, since I only found this one pic when I was doing my research and it looks like a train.......


Until next time........

3 comments:

  1. I love how the wheels in the Aquada retract.

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  2. Hm, I think the concept of amphibian cars isn’t foolish at all. If they perfect this technology one day, and make it more affordable, I’m sure many people will patronize it. And I bet fans of the zombie apocalypse will be the first to line up for this – it’ll be the best escape vehicle! Or, maybe people who just want to travel by land and water alternately.

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  3. Being a current owner of an Amphicar and being the son of someone who owned one new I can from first hand experience say that they are no race car but do just fine on land and handle surprisingly well, they also are no speedboat but are very stable on water and once again do just fine. It seems a lot of car "experts" who have never owned or maybe have never even seen a certain type of car like to comment on them.

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