Saturday July 27, 2013
July 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
Several Amphicars were on hand at the recent ACBS Race Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario… although with a top speed of seven miles per hour on the water, the Amphicar isn’t exactly a speedster. For the uninitiated, an Amphicar is a road vehicle (70 mph on the highway) and a boat, complete with propellers and a bilge pump!
3700 hundred Amphicars were built between 1961 and 1967. At the time, they cost $300 more than a Chevrolet Corvette. Their high price, limited capacities and increasing government regulations eventually sounded the death knell of the world’s only amphibious production car. For the owners who love them, however, and the public who get a huge kick from watching them they will live for eternity.
(Note: Since publishing this blog on Saturday, we received the following message from “Bruce”, a Port Carling Boats subscriber:
Hi Rob,thanks for the Amphicar story.back in the sixties,a women and two kids ran a red lighit at the intersection of Sherbourne and Shuter, (in Toronto, Ontario). I “T-boned” them with my 1956 Chev Belaire. The kids were ok, but the aluminum bodied Amphicar was a total write-off) . Thanks for rebooting my memories. Bruce