Amphicar (Photo credit: Flicktone)
We like to have a little fun once in a while, and what's more fun than hitting the beach - or heading to a lake? How about for a cruise in your car?
It's a car on land and a vessel on the water. "The car that swims"
The Amphicar was built in Germany from 1961 to 1968, the total production was 3,878 vehicles - the majority of which were imported into the United States.
I have to thank one of my clients, Jacques B. for showing me these amazing vehicles, and also for sharing his video, below.
Some of you may remember my post about saving money on new car purchases, I mentioned there that I would be sharing a pretty cool car on an upcoming article, well what better time than at the start of the summer season, and what cooler car than an Original Amphicar?!
How do you insure an Amphicar?
It's a little tricky.
Amphicar's are quite interesting because they can drive on land, reportedly to 70mph, and then can transition to hit the water - just like a little boat. For insurance this vessel is a bit of a challenge. When they are on the road they are governed by the laws of the road, but on water, they are treated as a vessel or any other boat, in fact you even require a Pleasure Craft License (at least in Canada) to operate any motorized vehicle in the water. So the insurance policy of a car normally would not cover this kind of vehicle! You may have to search for a car insurance company to get the coverage you need, due to the nature of the risk, even the best car insurance companies may have a hard time insuring the amphicar. The only way to find out is to call and ask..
*Due to these special concerns and needs, if you are planning on purchasing an Amphicar, make sure to speak to your broker first. In my own experience, I do have markets to insure them, but it is not always a straight forward process, and information such as updated evaluations from recognized evaluators help!
Want to see it in action, then take a look at this fun video (you can skip to minute 4, and watch for about 30 seconds to see it transition from water to land).
The video is courtesy of Jacques B, who took it during his 2011 "Orilla Swim" Meetup.
What do you think? Does this look like a super fun way to get around?
A Word of Caution:
Not all cars are Amphicars - or cars that swim!
Remember the Amphicar is built for water, it is a vessel and not a "modified vehicle" so please don't try this at home kids!
It takes a special car for this kind of adventure!
Photo from unknown origin, found on www.amphicars.com in an ad for the sale of one of the original 1964 Amphicar 770 The Cross Channel vehicles.