Amphicars: Off-road cars with a difference

By Peter Chubb - Sep 27, 2010

From an early age I had a passion for cars, so just imagine how excited I got when I saw James Bond driving his Lotus into the water as if it were a submarine? Now 25 or so years later I had presumed that we would see a host of amphibious cars, but this is not the case. OK, so we know that there is a limited number of amphicars doing the auto show circuit, but they are nothing like the one that Roger Moore had.

Shannon Green from the Daily Register recently attended the Pardeeville Community Car Show, where visitors spotted a couple of strange cars on the lake, Green said that these certainly gave a new meaning to “off-road” vehicles.

There are around 300 amphicars in the world, eight of which reside in the Madison area. The crowds certainly had to have patience while watching these vehicles on the water, as they could only travel 7 mph on the water (6 knots).

Amphicars were made in Germany from 1962 to 1968 for the U.S. market, and were shaped more like boats. Although these were slow on water they could reach 70mph on land.

We had hoped to see carmakers continue to develop amphibious cars, but they understand that there is just no need for them. Would you like to see the likes of Ford or GM design a car that could work like a boat in water?

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