1967 Amphicar SOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$80,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$57,200 Sold

43hp, 70 cu. in. four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, twin screw propellers, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and tubular shock absorbers, front disc, rear drum hydraulically- actuated brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7" (2,100mm)

Designed by Hans Trippel and built in Germany, the Amphicar was a recreational vehicle aimed squarely at the American leisure market. Its concept was devoid of utility… unless its owner lived on an island in an extremely calm lake… but it was undeniably fun and brought a swarm of entranced onlookers each time one splashed into the water, its twin propellers churning away as it drove into the drink. An unlikely concept, the Amphicar worked and made a Saturday afternoon at the beach an unforgettable occasion.

Only 800 or so Amphicars were built, and many have perished. Powered by a 1,147cc Triumph Herald engine, their performance on land was amiable. In the water, 43 horsepower made little headway against the hydrodynamic resistance of four wheels. An Amphicar ’ s drawbacks as an automobile or as a boat, however, had little impact upon its charm and the niche they have claimed in the hearts of collectors.

The Wiseman Collection ’ s 1967 Amphicar was originally purchased in 1966 by Lee Enterprises from Ranchero Motors of New Jersey. After only accumulating 1,700 miles, the car was donated to the Remember When Museum in Riverton, Wyoming where it remained on display for many years. The Amphicar was ushered into the Wiseman Collection in 1999 upon the closing of the museum and has been driven only sparingly since, as the odometer reads a mere 1,768 original miles.

Cosmetically freshened up, the Amphicar was repainted in white and the black vinyl top was replaced. The wheels are painted red, they have chrome hub caps and are wrapped in wide whitewall tires. The interior was professionally reupholstered in red and white and new rubber floor mats were installed. The dash remains original as does the chrome and brightwork. The engine bay was detailed and looks quite presentable. Although not in show quality condition, the Amphicar remains presentable, structurally sound and the all-important door gaps should seal well if the next owner decides to try out the car ’ s amphibiousness.

Amphicars are charming and popular drivers. Even if they never venture into the water, the possibility is always there and that holds the attention, and the smiles, of both passengers and onlookers.

Reference Number 15056

as of 11/5/2007

Car 1967 Amphicar
VIN 106523181 
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