The Amphicar was built in Germany from 1961 to 1968. Total production was 3,878 vehicles. The Amphicar is the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass produced. 3,046 Amphicars were imported into the United States between 1961 and 1967. The Amphicar is rear engined and uses a 4 cylinder British-built Triumph Herald motor producing 43hp. All Amphicars are convertibles, and the civilian models were originally offered in only 4 colors, Beach White, Regatta Red, Lagoon Blue and Fjord Green (Aqua).

The backbone of the Amphicar's electrics is basically a Lucas 12 volt positive ground system with certain items such as the horn, lighting and switches made by other manufacturers such as Hella and Bosch.

The Amphicar has a top speed of 7mph on water and 70mph on land. Hence, it was dubbed the "Model 770". The Amphicar is moved in the water by its twin nylon propellers. A special two-part land-and-water transmission built by Hermes (makers of the Porsche transmission) allows the wheels and propellers to be operated either independently or simultaneously. The "land transmission" is a 4-speed-plus-reverse unit similar to those found in the old Volkswagen Beetles.  The "water transmission" is a 2-speed offering unique to the Amphicar featuring single forward and reverse gears.  In the water, the front wheels act as rudders.

When new the Amphicar sold for between $2,800 and $3,300, depending on the year. Later model years actually sold for less than those of early years. No 1968 model year Amphicars were directly imported into the USA. This was because of the U.S. Government's EPA and DOT regulations that went into effect beginning with 1968 model year vehicles. This caused a major financial disaster for the Amphicar Corporation since the USA represented about 90% of all Amphicar sales. The Amphicar factory in Berlin, Germany closed for good in 1968, and the remaining inventory of unused parts was eventually purchased by Hugh Gordon of Sante Fe Springs, California.  Hugh's Gordon Imports remains the Amphicar owner's primary source for spare parts.

There are several other excellent sites on the 'Net about the History and Design of the Amphicar, including David Chapman's Wonderful World Of Amphicars and Mike Israel's Amphicar Harbor (and anybody interested in possibly purchasing an Amphicar should definitely memorize Mike's Amphicar Buyer's FAQ).

Articles in the traditional press about the Amphicar can be found in the following publications, and many of these have been reprinted in Club Newsletters as indicated. 

bullet THE ATLANTIC, MAY 1960 (6/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED, JULY 1960 (09-10/99 NEWSLETTER)
bullet POPULAR SCIENCE, JULY 1960 (5/94 NEWSLETTER)
bullet TRAVEL, AUGUST 1960 (6/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet MOTOR LIFE, AUGUST 1960 (6/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet MECHANIX ILLISTRATED, SEPTEMBER 1960 (7/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED, JUNE 1961 (1/97 NEWSLETTER)
bullet POPULAR MECHANICS, JUNE 1961 (04/1996 NEWSLETTER)
bullet MOTOR TREND, AUGUST 1961 (4/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet BUSINESS WEEK, APRIL 28, 1962 (07/08 2000 Newsletter)
bullet CAR LIFE, JUNE 1962 (10/95 NEWSLETTER)
bullet CANADA TRACK & TRAFFIC, AUGUST 1962 (4/94 NEWSLETTER)
bullet OVERDRUK UIT AUTOKAMPIOEN NO. 50, JRG. 1962
bullet AUTOCAR, AUGUST 16, 1963
bullet THE NEW YORKER, NOVEMBER 23, 1963 (11-12/99 NEWSLETTER)
bullet POPULAR IMPORTED CARS, APRIL 1966 (3/95 NEWSLETTER)
bullet MODERN MOTOR, JUNE 1965 (AUSTRALIA) (09-10/99 NEWSLETTER)
bullet NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, JULY 1965 (01-02/98 NEWSLETTER)
bullet AUTOMOTIVE NEWS, OCTOBER 18, 1965
bullet NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 31, 1965 (6/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet AUTOCAR, DECEMBER 1965 (9/95 NEWSLETTER)
bullet DINERS CLUB MAGAZINE, MAY 1966 (8/97 NEWSLETTER)
bullet OVERDRUK UIT,,DE AUTO NR. 33, DD, 19 AUGUST 1966 (11-12/97 NEWSLETTER)
bullet FOREIGN CAR GUIDE, SEPTEMBER 1966
bullet THE FIELD, SEPTEMBER 1966 (7/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet POPULAR IMPORTED CARS, JANUARY 1967 (NEED COPY)
bullet POPULAR IMPORTED CARS, MARCH 1967
bullet POPULAR SCIENCE, AUGUST 1967 (NEED NICER COPY)
bullet CAR & DRIVER, NOVEMBER 1967 (03-04/00 NEWSLETTER)
bullet SPECIAL INTEREST AUTO, APRIL/MAY 1973
bullet CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, APRIL 12, 1977
bullet CAR CLASSICS, NOVEMBER 1978 (COPY)
bullet SPECIAL INTEREST AUTO, DECEMBER 1981 (11/94 NEWSLETTER)
bullet COMPLETE BOOK OF COLLECTIBLE CARS, 1982 (06/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet CARS & PARTS, JULY 1985
bullet COLLECTIBLE AUTOMOBILE, NOVEMBER 1985
bullet GREAT GERMAN CARS, UK, 1985
bullet CAR EXCHANGE, DECEMBER 1986
bullet CLASSIC & SPORTSCAR, DECEMBER 8 (NEED A BETTER
bullet AUTOWEEK, JANUARY 9, 1989 (03-04/98 NEWSLETTER)
bullet CARS & PARTS, FEBRUARY 1990 (09-10/97 NEWSLETTER)
bullet CLASSIC AUTO RESTORER, APRIL 1990
bullet THE GOOD LIFE, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 1990 (01-02/00 NEWSLETTER)
bullet BOATING, OCTOBER 1990
bullet POPULAR CLASSICS, JANUARY 1991
bullet HOT ROD, JUNE 1992 (7/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet STANDARD CATALOG OF IMPORTED CARS, 1992
bullet AUTOMOBILE, APRIL 1993
bullet BOATING WORLD, SUMMER 1993
bullet AUTO PHYLE, VOL. 2, NO. 3, FALL 1993
bullet AUTO ANCIENNE, DECEMBER 1993 (05-06/00 NEWSLETTER)
bullet CAR & DRIVER, FEBRUARY 1994
bullet AUTO EXPRESS, DECEMBER 28, 1994 UK (07-08/98 NEWSLETTER)
bullet CLASSIC & SPORTSCAR, FEBRUARY 1995
bullet SKINNED KNUCKLES, FEBRUARY 1995
bullet AUTOMOBILE QUARTERLY, SEPTEMBER 1995 (NEED COPY)
bullet ANCHORS AWEIGH, SEPT/OCT 1996 (11-12/97 NEWSLETTER)
bullet AUTOMOBILE QUARTERLY, WINTER/SPRING 1997
bullet OLDTIMER PRAXIS, SEPTEMBER 1997
bullet CLASSIC AUTO RESTORER, JANUARY 1997 (2/97 NEWSLETTER)
bullet AUTOWEEK, MAY 1998
bullet OLDTIMER MARKET, MAY 1998 (03-04/99 NEWSLETTER)
bullet DUTTON MARINER REPORT (9/96 NEWSLETTER)
bullet AMPHI RANGER REPORT (5/97 NEWSLETTER)
bullet AQUACAR REPORT (JAN/FEB 98 & MAY/JUNE 98 NEWSLETTERS)

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