This page will help you to find out, what´s new on "www.schwimmauto.de".
Some of you may visit this page regulary to get the updated version of
the amphibious car list, to have a look at the market place or to get a
new toys list. It may be difficult sometimes to find out the newly listed
vehicle out of the over 170 cars now. To make it more easy in the future
this page records all changes. Of course it will cover 3 months updates
only, otherwise it will become a whole website on its own, but it will
be a great help for every frequently visitor.
Update 5th December 2004
Well, due to lack of feedback if an item is sold or not and because the
market place should be an adverts spcae for available items only, I had
to set a "date of offer". So everybody now can see how old the ad is and
if it is getting too old I may delete it after let´s say 6 months
or so without regress. So if you want to keep it posted, because your Amphibian
is not sold, you need to send me a renewal in time! For now the marketplace
is pretty updated, unfortunately for seekers there are not too many nice
little Amphibs for sale at the moment.
There are a few new vehicles on the list, fullfill the second hundred of
amphibian vehcles listed on this website! All new entries are private ventures:
Theus Derkx converted his Range Rover into a nice watercar. And there is
a Platypus project going on in Australia. Not to forget the polish SAM
which appeared on ebay a few weeks ago. SAM means something like selfmade
vehicle in polish language and all private ventures are registered as SAM.
And there is this converted Citröen CX. As all those vehicles are
new projects and will be found here, there
is one old. Doug Hilton found a mysterious amphibious car in a barn, which
he dates back to about 1966. The
hull is cannibalized but it is obvious it used Citroen DS components to
rise wheels when in water. If anyone has an idea what that car is about,
please contact me or Doug.
Not that old, but not less mysterious to me is this unidentified Polish
Amphibian called Syrenka.
It showed up some years ago at Darlowo military event and looks like another
private venture. I dated it to 1991, but not sure. If you have anymore
information about this vehicle I would be glad if you share them with me.Thanks.
Update 21st June 2004
You may have noticed the front page design has changed
a bit. Well, this may be not really a big thing, but you may have noticed
the amphibian car clubs in the right lower corner. There is the IGAR
(Interessengemeinschaft Amphi-Ranger) which might be interesting for
Amphi-Ranger owners. The IGAR is a group of Amphi-Ranger owners worldwide
exchanging information about spares, experience, maintainance etc. This
baby is just born and we hope to get all AR owners united in that group
one day. For more information you may email me. email@example.com
Again there are three more new cars. Most interesting
is the new Gibbs car - the Humdinga. It looks a bit like a Hummvee, is
4WD and of course a HSA. You may already know Terrwind Corp. as the manufacturer
of a luxury mobile home. But they also built a passenger 4WD Amphibian
called H2Oex. To me it looks like a one of a kind prototype and I believe
no production is planed. But in difference to this Walter Spitaler is very
positive about a serie production of his prototype - the Spios Schwimmwagen.
At a German Amphicar event he mentioned that 100 of these cars were already
sold even before the prototype was finished. We will see. To find out more
about those cars, you can follow the blue links in the cars
Well, there are a few more models as well, - but
do you really care? However I do and I love the collection growing.
Branson crossed the English Channel in a HSA Aquada
just to set a entry in the Guinnes book of world records. It took him 1
hour 40 minutes and 6 seconds to go the 35km from Dover to Calais. This
is an average of 21 km/h. But the driver got sucked wet by some bad waves
caused by the heavy ferry traffic. With some real roof I think this can
be done much faster as you won´t have to slow down every time you
see a wave. Remember the Aquada is an open car. So let´s see how
long this record will last.... Read the news section.
Here is some real heavy stuff: Mark Roehrig - the
inventor of the Amphigeo - is going to circumnavigate the globe in a old
schoolbus. He is even taking it across the Atlantic Ocean on the tracks
of Ben Carlin as he is converting the bus into a true amphibious mobile
home. Be part of the most incredible adventure while reading about "Wheelsea"
in real time. Mark is sending emails and pictures of the current stage
from time to time which will update this special page. You will find this
page also via the reports list.
Update 3rd March 2004
Update 26th October 2003
Three new cars appeared and made this update necessary. First of all the
Rinspeed Splash from Frank Rinderknecht in Switzerland maybe one of the
greatest inventions in HSA Technology (news section).
His car got foldup hydrofoils enabling the sportscar "flying" over the
water with a top speed of over 50mph. Rick Dobbertin is going to break
this new record with a new design. Remember? He converted a Milk-Tanker
into Amphibian in 1993. And last but not least a piece of German-German
history was discovered: a floating Trabant. Made by Kiebusch this vehicle
was built already in 1993 but is now going to be finished.
The mysterious red Gibbs competitor HSA project from
Newport Beach California has a name. It is the incredible WaterCar. The
man behind this project is Dave March. WaterCar Inc. is starting a limited
production and already have launched their website www.watercar.com.
Read the news section.
Also the Searoader has found a producer. Look for
and read the news section.
Update 18th September
David Chapman sent in some pictures of the Gibbs
Technologies press release event in London, presenting the Aquada. He was
there and told me all about it. Thought you might be interested to know
how it was like, so I inserted this Gibbs
Update 11th September
You are right, I am not happy with the new Lycos design as well. I hate
the Lycos frame! If anybody got a good idea how to avoid it, please let
me know. But it must be a low cost solution!
Welcome in the 21st Century! Gibbs Technology finally released its High-Speed-Amphibian
(HSA) "Aquada" to the public. It is a dream, but for real, a beautiful
three seater sportscar running 100 mph on land and 30 mph on water! A dream
machine with a dream price: About 230.000.-US$ let me dream on! More details
in the news section.
Also you´ll find there the latest information
available about the red California "Watercar". Maybe it will make a good
competion to the Gibbs car? Just hope it will find its way into production...
There is something I need to tell you my friends: Yes it´s true,
I own an Amphiranger since last year. It looked a bit sad when I purchased
it, so I was working last winter on the restauring job. Following test
runs discovered more and more problems and it took me quite a while to
sort them out and fix. But finally I managed to have it ready for Amphib
2003 in London, and I could not believe myself, we made the 4000 km England
trip without a major breakdown. If you like to take a look at it, it is
on display at "my fleet".
So yes, we have joined Amphib 2003
in London. It was great as usual, apart from the harbour authorities
denied permission to drive through centre of London. They did so a week
before Amphib was starting, so the event was going to loose its main attraction.
But that didn´t stop me to go anyway...
Models: Due to the Amphiranger purchase I had
to keep my feet a little bit still on the smaller toys. But however there
is a number of models added to the collection. Some were great gifts from
friends. And I couldn´t stop myself on a LARC V Firetruck model from
Ashton models I was searching for, for such a long time.
Of course there are some new adds on the market
place. But as you may have found out, I am placing your ads from time
to time without doing a whole homepage update. So if you are observing
the market place, do it regulary, I do not change the date of update on
the front page when adding new adds!
Update 30th May 2003
There is something going on out there: Ron Costa is investigating a new
Amphibian project. This new sports car ready for production is doing 30
knots on water!!! Read more about it in the news.
Update 2 February 2003
This times update is mostly based on the presentation of Mark Roehrigs
new book "The Amphigeostory". Do you remember
Mark? He has converted this Geo into an amphibious craft and now published
a "How-to" book, enabling you to build your own perfect amphibious car.
I don´t believe there ever was something like that on the book market,
an absolute MUST and great helper if you have something similar in mind.
Even there is a 1 hour video tape available. Please order at Mark
A second new book covers (once again) the VW Schwimmwagen. It is called
"Schwimmwagen in details" and is filled up
with coloured photographs of three Schwimmwagens perfectly restored. May
be a good choice for restorer, model builders or Schwimmwagen-lovers.
And then I crossed a story about an inventor Cinkant
who build an amphibious car in 1992 running up to 40 miles an hour on water!
This sounds like a world record holder. I am tracking this story and hope
to know more soon.
Did anybody recognize I changed the update listing? Newest update to the
top - that´s the way it should be, of course.
Update 16th January 2003
Two more vehicles approached: A Russian Al´tkam Stalker and a prototype
made by Richard Trojan from the US. You can check here
at the end of the list.
Update 17th November 2002
This times´ big changing is the news-section.
It should keep you updated about what has happened in the world in the
amphibious subject. So if you come across some important articles, please
share these news with everybody by telling me and I will update this news
Is it necessary to tell all changings on the marketplace
here? There are some new and some are sold. The marketplace is accepted
quite well meanwhile, so you should visit regulary. I won´t list
up here all changing or new entrys in future anymore.
Update October 2002
Caused by the changing of my server
Tripod into Lycos somehow they did not let me in anymore. Ftp was not working
so unabled me to update this page for almost 9 months. To all frequent
visitors a big SORRY. However, it will be updated from now on frequently
Of course a lot of things have happened during the
past 9 months. And many pages have changed a bit. The model collection
is growing and the market place have changed ads of course. Even a few
more cars appeared. All in all much to much to list up in detail. The market
place is easy to check out yourself. Here some specific changings on:
models: New came in 2 VW-Schwimmwagen
type 166, 1 VW-Schwimmwagen type 128, 3 DUKWs, 1 Amphicar, 1 Toyota SUKI,
2 MAN Einheitsdiesel Schwimm-LKW, 1 Alvis Stalwart, 1 Billy Blastoff Amphibian
(Fantasy toy), 2 Ford GPAs, 1 DAF-Schwimmwagen and 1 Terrapin MK I. Some
of those are really nice.
amphibious cars list: US Ebay showed up with a floating
Chrysler Labarron. And Paul Rasmussen digged out a funny looking homemade
experimental car in the Michigan district. Thanks Paul!
Update 21st January 2002
Georg took off his Amphicar ad. Boring winter time made him think to do
some work on his car and keep it for next summer.
Instead a Ford GPA came in for sale. Also two more ads are placed at the
place : someone got DUKWs and parts for sale, and a CROCO ATV is available
as well. Well, last two ads came in November 2001, sorry for the delay,
but somehow they were lost somewhere on my computer.
One good reason for a big party: I purchased my 100th model of an amphibious
vehicle. It is a Toyota SU-KI, the japanese WWII amphibious truck in scale
1/35. Absolute brilliant kit. It is the new star of the "other
Trucks" model section.
And one more new model: The old GDR army P2S amphibious Jeep is now available
at adp-modelle in scale 1/87. You will find it at the "other
Cars" model section.
Update 1st January 2002
Happy New Year to everybody!!!!
Just have updated the Marketplace.
Changed the layout. Cees decided to restore his Schwimmwagen himself, so
it is not for sale anymore. But for those in the UK you might love to check
out the Amphicar in Northern Ireland.
Update 22nd December 2001
Update 21st September 2001
Some more cars fullfill the list. A very nice family camping/touring Amphib
was made in 1991 in Russia baptized Ithiandra-2
by its inventor Igor Rikman. Well, the "-2" probably means there was an
Next one is from Russia as well, probably built a few years earlier. It´s
called Volzhanka - don´t ask me what
it means! Apart from the fact that it was private made and based on an
UAZ 4x4, I have only very little information about it.
Tim Dutton is getting pretty much competition: Mike Ryan has released his
Remember? - He had built many amphibians before and even taught a Lamborghini
swimming. Now he started a new production which he offers for acceptable
amount of money. If you are searching for a new Amphib, this may be your
choice - check out his Searoader homepage.
Mike Ryan also presents all his previous cars in the web. Have a look at
his Floating cars homepage.
The Chinese are still busy creating a new amphibian. However they have
such success on a new Isuzu base. It is not public released yet, but they
will soon offering a large amphibious offroader as well. Here is already
a picture from the new prototype.
Those hundreds of cars, the new developments and the starting of the new
century forced me to split the amphibious cars list into one more seperation:
You will find the new cars at 2000 - .......
After some hard work of research I finally found the missing picture of
the 1909 Howell vehicle. Well the description
of the old article I had so far was a bit curious. But the truth was much
Because the models list was getting too long and
taking too much time to load down, I did split it into seperate vehicles.
That also makes it much easier to search for a special car only.
Of course some more models approached: Two more Schwimmwagen
join the club. One is the Atlantic little brother, a miniture of the 1/24
blue soft plastic toy. The other one is a kit from Winneco, USA. It looks
similar to the Crown kit, but got no clockwork power unless it got the
space for such.
There is a couple of new DUKW models: The Dinky
Toy is not rare at all, but hard to find for a reasonable price, because
it´s a Dinky collectors item. I like the Novelty one more with friction
drive, but it is not really authenticast from what you can see by its two
axles only. But the metal ID model from Dale Model Co. seems to be quite
old. Does anybody know the age?
A Hongkong Alvis Stalwart attracts the "other
Trucks" section. But this times highlight is the wooden 1/20 BAV/ZIL
model. I was told it was built for a ship company in Netherlands to test
the streamline of an amphibious vehicle. But who knows?
Yes, I know you were waiting for the next update for such a long time now.
But a lot of things have happened in my life meanwhile, like I have started
a new job at the German TÜV, so I simply was too busy to care about
the homepage. However there are a lot new things I have to add.
In July I was in Hollywood/USA for a filming job. Have you heard about
"junkyard wars"? They asked me to construct a vehicle that can be built
from scrap and within a 20 hours time limit by a crew of three mechanics.
This vehicle would have to race a salt lake, crawl rocks and swim. What
a challenge - a Megachallenge! Go and discover how
That for I have changed the cover page a little bit to include a new section
at www.schwimmauto.de: The reports from this Megachallenge, Amphib 2000
and Amphib 2001 and some other amphibious events you will now find at the
There are some new ads on the Marketplace.
Especially you should take a look at Mike Ryan floating Lamborghini.
Or if you like to think BIG, why don´t you check out the BARCs?
My book "Mit dem Auto baden gehen" is not
available anymore! It is sold out! Good for me, but bad for you, if you
haven´t got it yet. There are just a few copies left on my cupboard
which I probably may sell by request.
Two more cars upgrading the number of vehicles to 177. One was seen in
England racing on a lake. It is said to be developed as a secret project
from Gibbs Industries. The other one is supposed to plane on water as well,
but private made in 1998 and now under completition by James
Harrels. Watch them in the vehicles list.
And yes, I got some new models: First one
is another Schwimmwagen kit from IMAI, but this time in scale 1/35 and
without electric motor. Next is a rare GAZ46 model, probably scale 1:20.
Seems to be produced for Eastern German Generals to play their battles
in a sand box. But best of all is the 1:12 wooden Amphicar model. It is
a present from David Derer, well known as "Dave the Wave", and was made
by his father. Met Dave at Celina SwimIn. Thousand thanks Dave - it´s
the Jewel of my collection and the best Celina souvenir I could think of!
God bless you!