Amphicars for sale
Last updated June 2014
At the moment (June 2014) There are no Right Hand Drive Amphicars for sale anywhere in the world.
There are some Left Hand Drive cars for sale in the US and Europe
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 but prices are heading back in that direction.
Rust is an issue but of course fixable using conventional methods, it just takes time and effort - and incomplete car is more of a problem, especially if the transmission is unknown. 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.
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.
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.
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.
So, long term ownership needs more commitment than most classic cars, to use an Amphicar safely and reliable it needs to be maintained more like and aircraft with work done on the basis of time and use rather than just when it breaks !
Cars for sale in the UK,
None at the moment.
Cars for sale in the EU,
Roy at Potomac Motors in Holland is a good place to start:
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)"