1967 Amphicar 770
- Condition: Used
- Make: Other Makes
- Model: Amphicar 770 Convertible
- Trim: 2-Door Coupe
- Year: 1967
- Mileage: 12,500
- VIN: 106523276
- Color: Red
- Engine size: 4-cylinder 1147cc/43hp 1bbl
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: White
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1967 Other Makes Amphicar 770 ConvertibleI am selling my 1967 Amphicar 770, ed with white interior. This is a great vehicle, lways garage kept and covered, xcellent condition, xtremely clean. A little history on the Amphicar:
The Amphicar Model 770 was developed by German designer Hans Trippel, ho had been working on amphibious vehicles since 1932, ncluding the WWII Volkswagen Schwimmerwagen. The Amphicar first surfaced at the 1959 German auto show, nd came ashore in the U.S. on April 1, 961, t the New York Auto Show.
The money behind the project (some estimates are as high as $25 million) came from the American Quandt Group, nd the car was built in West Germany. The four-seat convertible was powered by a rear-mounted, our-cylinder Triumph Herald engine of 1,147 cc, hich generated 43 hp. The engine drove the rear wheels on land and two propellers when the car was in the water. The front wheels steered, oth on land and in the water, nd the car/boat had four speeds and reverse. The doors locked shut for water travel.
The Amphicar had a listed top speed of 90 mph, ut road testers could only manage about 65 mph, hich they said was quite fast enough. Period road tests also showed 0-60 mph took 43 seconds to hit and the quarter mile came up in 25.2 seconds at 51 mph. The car fared slightly better in the water, here it was capable of cruising at 10 mph. Though small, he car weighed 2,300 pounds, s the body was beefed up to be both rigid and waterproof.Car and Driverdescribed the ride as billowy and wobbling, alled the steering vague, nd said the brakes “required the strength of Hercules.”
The Model 770 was necessarily tall to enable it to enter and exit the water, nd it maintained 21 inches of freeboard so that it couldn’t be sunk by a passing speedboat. Both of those factors hampered handling on the road. The Amphicar was also expensive at $3,395, hough that price came down to $2,695 in 1964. All the same, hat amount of money could also buy a new Mustang convertible, hich the public overwhelmingly favored.
Nevertheless, few people loved the Amphicar, hich was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as being a legitimate boat. There were 71 dealers in the U.S. at one time and an estimated 600 of the 800 built found their way here. Many have been restored and several very high profile sales have raised the car’s profile.