1983 Croco TAG Amphibious 4x4
Designed by Walter Strahm, the Croco TAG was a lightweight amphibious 4x4 that lacked any form of suspension, relying instead on the fact that the two-part chassis/body was articulated about a central axis, each half acting, in effect, as a large swing-axle. The oversize balloon tyres provided buoyancy for crossing water obstacles.
Built in Karslruhe, Germany, the Croco TAG was marketed by Strahm, whose Swiss company was part of the Luxembourg-based TAG Group (Techniques d'Avant Garde), best remembered by motor sports enthusiasts as sponsors of the Williams and McLaren Formula 1 teams in the 1980s/1990s. Early versions were powered by a built-under-license NSU Wankel rotary engine but that offered here has the Renault 5 engine that replaced it. Sadly, the Croco TAG failed to live up to its maker's hopes and several had been stockpiled before production ceased in 1983. The design was later revived and further developed as the 'Rhino'.
Supplied new in Switzerland and believed to have had only two owners, this rare right-hand drive example has been run for only 30 hours and is described as in generally excellent condition. The vehicle is offered with owner's handbook, sundry maintenance invoices and current Belgian registration papers.
- This vehicle comes with an original 4-blade propeller, which is currently with the vendor and will be sent to the new owner after the sale.