Amphicars and Parts for sale
Last updated April 2013
Background info and buyers guide:
Amphicars are rare so expect to have to travel. Don't believe anything you read in published price guides, there simply aren't enough cars sold to make the figures anything but a guess. The biggest selection of cars for sale will normally be found on the US based International Amphicar club web site. Traditionally prices are about the same throughout the world, maybe slightly less in the USA as there is more supply, they increase year on year by a bit more than inflation, a few years ago there have been some new high prices achieved at auctions in the USA, in three cases over $100,000, Google " Barrett Jackson Amphicar" for more. These are now considred to have been a bit of a bubble caused by the buoyant US economy at that time.
In 2013 an Amphicar that looks and works as good as new and is ready to drive and float (safely) is unlikely to be for sale below USDollars $80,000 - Euros 60,000 - UK Pounds 50,000. A lot of money but if you buy the right Amphicar in the right condition and look after it's likely to be a very good long term investment !
As well as the club site you can of course have a look on Ebay but as always buyer beware, in many cases Amphicars have been listed on Ebay with attractive prices (typically around $20,000) but using photos of a car that is not for sale (in more than one case using pictures lifted from this website). The buyer might well have built feedback using low value items. After the sale they will typically ask for a deposit of 10% whilst shipping / collection is arranged. As soon as that is paid they will disappear. Be very careful !
Mid range Amphicars are a gamble, you may of course get a good car at a low price but also it could be a bad car cleverly disguised. Bodywork is everything, check very very carefully. On many classic cars a mechanical breakdown could be considered part of the fun and you gentle coast to the side of the road but it's not a lot of fun to breakdown on a fast flowing river or in the middle of a lake
Be careful of "rough" cars. A badly repaired Amphicar is no fun at all if it fails in the middle of a lake. The cost of repairing a rough Amphicar is significant, check some of the prices of parts on the Gordon imports website ( www.gordonimports.com ) Even with the high prices for good cars and increasing demand there are many Amphicars about that, if you have to buy parts and pay someone to do the work for you, are beyond economic repair.
The Amphicar transmission is the single most expensive part, a new one off the shelf is around $15,000 (plus shipping from California) and although they can be rebuilt and some parts are common to other vehicles it is a difficult job and not many people do it right. The complexity and special gears made of special materials means any rebuild is unlikely to be cheap - but if an Amphicar has been neglected - especially if it has been standing for a number of years - it would be prudent to assume the transmission is bad. Checking the colour and condition of transmission fluid can be an indication but driving or dismantling is the only way to be sure.
Rust is always a concern. When these cars had lower value many suffered from fibreglass repairs and lots of plastic filler (Bondo). Again be very careful.
Watch out for cars covered with marine paint or any epoxy coating such as POR15. It's an absolute pain to remove it (which you will want to do) sometimes dipping the shell or blast cleaning is the only option. Once sorted Amphicars only need standard paint, cavity wax and a bit of care to keep on top of corrosion.
In terms of Amphicar variations, apart from condition the influences are early or late, left or right hand drive and colour.
A number of improvement were made around half way through Amphicar production, most noticiable are:
Removal of shields around the propellors.
Moulding at bottom of side panel - car looks better and it improves structure.
Larger driveshaft tunnels.
All these changes were good, the later cars drive better and are easier to maintain, there is no real benefit to having an early car but choose on condition, that's what matters most.
LHD or RHD ? There were 3778 Amphicars made, less than 100 were RHD. These were converted at the factory and are almost all late cars. A RHD car could be converted back to LHD without too much effort as the factory left the original steering brackets in place. Converting LHD to RHD isn't an option, too much is missing.
I'm tall and RHD cars suit me better, the position of the pedals is better if you have long legs. In theory RHD cars can be lop sided in water with only the driver on board as the heater and battery are also on the right but in reality that isn't really noticable and as Amphicar owners will know, you never have a problem finding a passenger !
So, colours, well they come in and out of fashion now just as they did in the 1960s. Lets get the non-standard colours out of the way first, Amphicars have been painted in all sorts of colours and during the 1970s there was a fashion for two tone (one car was pink and green). Yellow, silver, domestic appliance white etc etc. I don't think any look as good as the original 4 colours and certainly in terms of value a colour that isn't one of the originals is likely to have a negative effect.
Red is now and always has been the most popular colour, this can either be with white side bumpers and top (generally earlier cars) or black on later cars. Another change on later cars was the dashboard painted crackle black which was very much the sports car fashion in the late 1960s, this works best with red cars.
Green. The original fjord green is a minty green with white side mouldings and white top. This was not a popular colour through the 1970s, 80s and 90s and many of these cars were resprayed red in that period but it has become much more popular in recent years (similar colours are now used on some new cars) and it suits Amphicar really well. You can buy a new Fiat 500 in almost exactly the same shade.
Blue, these cars look more 50s than 60s and generally blue was used on early cars. Like the Green it was considered dated by the end of the 60s. It can be seen with black but looks better with white. It's a less common colour now but suits Amphicar well. Green and Blue both look nice with the wide whitewall tyres (although original spec wide whitewalls are not available and the original tyres are now too old to be considered safe).
White. White was always the rarest colour of the four. Original Amphicar beach white (which is more cream or ivory) was often specified by those who want to signwrite their Amphcar. White cars had a red interior and normally black side bumpers and top but some cars sold in the US had red bumpers and top, cars at the 1964 New York World Trades fair were shown with this combination.
I'm happy to travel anywhere in the world to appraise an Amphicar for sale. I can give you an honest report of it's value and condition. Sadly I can't do this for love ! I run my own business and so would have to charge my lowest daily rate (currently around £300) plus expenses.
Information on parts at the bottom of this page.
Cars for sale in the UK,
April 30th 2013.
A new project Amphicar for sale, 24.999 Euros. Lots of photos so it has here it's own webpage.
September 5th 2012.
1961 AMPHICAR 770 LHD Classic LHD 2 Door Convertible
PRICE - £45,000
This is great example of Amphicar in Blue with matching trim. Restored to a high standard, very original vehicle. No 221 of only 3778 or so made. Please call and speak to Paul Foley for more details. 01279 793500
Recently floated at an amphibious meeting in Norway (August 2012)
June 29th 2012.
Car is situated about 20 miles north of London.
Offers in excess of £40,000 THIS CAR IS NOW SOLD
Contact THIS CAR IS NOW SOLD
BGX 1 B was a demonstration vehicle for Sidney Marcus Ltd the importers of Amphicar’s and appeared in an old Ealing film Rotten to the Core.
This vehicle was restored in 1995 it is in very good condition and fully working.
It comes with a full history including photos, MOTs and Green log book from the 1960s and numerous spares.
Cars for sale in the EU,
BAW Amphibious jeep, ideal if you need more amphibious space than you have in an Amphicar !
This a quality Chinese made vehicle, Isuzu diesel engine. Built in 2003 but hardly used (700 miles). Seats 6, very versatile.
Right Hand Drive
Vehicle is located in Bremen, Germany. Price 49,500 Euros
More on the BAW jeep and seller contact details here:
Cars for sale in the EU,
AMPHICAR: 1967 in very good condition $60,000. Private sale, located in France, registered in the State of Georgia, USA. VAT imported into the EU.
Contact JohnBlake at equiom dot im
Equiom Trust Company Limited
Jubilee Buildings, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2SH
Tel: +44 (0) 1624 699000
Probably the most successful amphibious civilian autos of all time, and prized and preserved as novelty collectible automobiles today, a truly unique car that would be the “piece de resistance” of any collection.
This German vehicle was designed by Hanns Trippel and manufactured by the Quandt Group at Lübeck and at Berlin-Borsigwalde, in production between 1961 and 1968 only 3,878 were ever built and there are probably less than 600 in collections today, with less in full working order.
The Amphicar, has a modest performance, reaching speeds of 70 MPH on the road and 7 knots on the water, hence the name “Model 770”. Whilst the Amphicar is underpowered this car is a delight to drive on both land & water, and really changes the idea of a Sunday drive with the family.
Engine: Triumph four-cylinder engine of 1147 cc, 8.0 compression ratio, rated at 38.3 bhp
Chassis/body Overall length: 14.250 ft (4.343 m)
Overall width: 5.083 ft (1.549 m)
Height: 5.000 ft (1.524 m)
Turning circle: 36.833 ft (9.398 m)
Wheelbase: 7.000 ft (2.134 m)
Front track: 4.000 ft (1.219 m)
Rear track: 4.083 ft (1.245 m)
Fuel tank capacity: 10.5 imperial gallons
Empty weight: 2,315 lb (1050 kg) (includes fuel and oil)"
ALL CARS BELOW ARE SOLD BUT INCLUDED HERE FOR REFERENCE.
UPDATE July 2008, THIS CAR IS NOW SOLD.
Manuel in SPAIN has just sent me
details of his car for sale, listed below. This looks like all the hard
work has been done and it will be a good project for someone.
in SPAIN has just sent me details of his car for sale, listed below. This looks like all the hard work has been done and it will be a good project for someone.
1964 Amphicar for sale. Located in Barcelona (
Spain). Chassis number 103 686. With original German registration documents,
never registered in Spain.
1964 Amphicar for sale. Located in Barcelona ( Spain). Chassis number 103 686. With original German registration documents, never registered in Spain.
Complete car when purchased ( see pictures)
with 17.000km only. Bodyshell completely restored. Original panels. I have spent
thousand of dollars in new parts from Gordon Imports, everything new.
Transmission is perfect, engine has been rebuilt in the U.K.
Complete car when purchased ( see pictures) with 17.000km only. Bodyshell completely restored. Original panels. I have spent thousand of dollars in new parts from Gordon Imports, everything new. Transmission is perfect, engine has been rebuilt in the U.K.
Car is 99% complete. I have lost interest in
the project. I have all the invoices from body shop and all the parts imported
from California. I bought the best quality original parts regardless the price.
Rear deck original not fibreglass.
Car is 99% complete. I have lost interest in the project. I have all the invoices from body shop and all the parts imported from California. I bought the best quality original parts regardless the price. Rear deck original not fibreglass.
If you need more info do not hesitate to
contact me by mobile phone.
38.000 EUROS firm price
If you need more info do not hesitate to
contact me by mobile phone.
In October 2007 Coys of Kensington in London sold the following. I'm leaving the ad here for a while for reference.
Created by Hans Trippel, one of the greatest exponents of amphibious vehicles, the Amphicar was the first truly amphibious car to go on general sale. German Trippel had started designing such vehicles in 1932 and two years later he produced the four wheel SG6 with propeller drive. Although apparently destined for forestry and estate use, with world war a known possibility within the Third Reich it soon attracted military interest. Trippel was duly appointed to Hitler's advisory staff and took over Bugatti's Molsheim factory to manufacture amphibious military vehicles. After the end of World War Two, Trippel produced one conventional road car but it proved unsuccessful and was discontinued in 1957. It was at the 1959 Geneva Motor Show that he exhibited the Eurocar, an all new amphibian, with monocoque steel chassis and two door convertible body. Two years later Deutsche Industrie-Werke was established to produce the car, now renamed the Amphicar, in commercial volumes. Power came from a rear-mounted 43bhp, 1,147cc Triumph Herald engine - rather than the Austin A35 motor of the show car - with a power take-off from the four speed the gearbox, operated by a lever, driving twin propellers. The Amphicar Corporation was also established in America to sell cars there and in Germany Deutsche Industrie-Werke was renamed Amphicar Ventriebo GmbH and a production plant set up near Berlin; in 1963 the name again changed, this time to Deutsche Waggons und Maschinenfabriken. Although endowed, via all round trailing link/coil spring suspension, with somewhat ungainly road holding and handling literally akin to a fish out of water, thanks to its high centre of gravity, very much rear-biased weight distribution and narrow tyres, the Amphicar was a genuine amphibian. Afloat, it could travel at 6½ knots - against 68mph on the road where it also meandered to 60mph in some 43 seconds - with the front wheels acting as rudders; slowing was achieved by engaging reverse gear and revving the engine. To promote the car, in September 1965 two British army officers, Captains Peter Tappenden and Michael Bailey, Sergeant Joe Minto and professional escapologist Timothy Dill-Russell, crossed the English Channel from Dover to Calais in two Amphicars. Despite one having to tow the other, they completed the crossing in seven hours and twenty minutes and used just £4 worth of petrol for two cars and four people; subsequently the cars toured Europe. Less successful was another publicity stunt when another Amphicar was mown down by a ship in the Straits of Gibraltar. With road and marine regulations, however, becoming increasingly demanding and difficult to meet, production ended in 1968. Of some 800 Amphicars produced, around 600 went to America. This example is one of those two very cars that made that famous and much publicised Channel crossing in 1965. The subject of many subsequent television appearances over the years, including The Big Breakfast, Scrapheap Challenge, Sky Classic Car, Fifth Gear and traffic reports on Thames at Six, as well as being featured in many magazines and newspapers, the amphibian underwent restoration 10 years ago. Finished in yellow with white interior, fully earthed and fitted with a bilge pump, it comes with an original, and comprehensive, maintenance manual, a copy of a feature in the December 10 1965 issue of Autocar covering the Channel crossing, an official Amphicar brochure light-heartedly detailing the car, and a V5 registration document. Offered in good condition, this is a highly unusual, rare and individual vehicle, and a piece of automotive history, guaranteed to create absolute astonishment every time it careers off the road into the water. Ideal for commuting to the City. Estimate £16,000-£24,000 Edward J Bridger-Stille Coys of Kensington Manor Court Richmond TW9 2LL 0044 (020) 8614 7888 0044 (020) 8614 7889 firstname.lastname@example.org www.coys.co.uk
The main source is Hugh Gordon at Gordon Imports, 14330 Iseli Road, Santa Fe Springs, California 90670. He has the cars, parts and more than 30 years experience. Website is http://www.gordonimports.com/
Another source of parts is Gord Souter in Canada, amphicar.ca
I have some parts that I don't need here in the UK, specifically I have front and rear shock absorbers, a fuel tank, convertible top frame, radiator, and a few other bits.
I also have a BRAND NEW TRANSMISSION that I would be prepared to sell in the UK or Europe. It has been carefully stored in the house for the last 30 years and regularly turned so I have absolute confidence it'll be a case of install and go - without the inherent risk of a rebuilt unit. Price will be less than the cost of picking up one from Hugh Gordon in California.
I have also been tracking down the correct period accessories. I have found the Blaupunkt Frankfurt type X or Y is the "correct" radio for a European Amphicar, this should have the square frontplate and ideally white buttons and knobs. It has 4 waveband and can support one or two speakers (I recommend cutting a hole in the triangle shaped trim panel by the drivers foot to match the air intake hole on the passenger side and fitting a second speaker in there).
The white knob Blaupunkt Radios are very sought after by owners of the Porsche 356 and various other classic German cars, as a result prices are high, expect to pay around $250 for a working radio - but they do look the business, here is a picture of mine:
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