1964 Amphicar 770  Chassis no. 101958

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Lot 294
1964 Amphicar 770
Chassis no. 101958

Sold for € 46,000 (US$ 51,234) inc. premium
1964 Amphicar 770
Chassis no. 101958
Hans Trippel's began experimenting with amphibious vehicles in the 1930s and revived the concept post-war with the Amphicar (originally called the Eurocar). Necessarily of unitary construction, the cabriolet-style Amphicar was powered by a 1,147cc four-cylinder Triumph Herald engine mounted in the rear and driving the rear wheels. A special transmission drove the two propellers that afforded a maximum cruising speed on water of around 6 knots (7mph), the top speed on land being around 70mph. No special steering gear was required for use on water, the car being steered in the normal way. The design certainly worked, as demonstrated by a well-publicised stunt that saw an Amphicar successfully cross the English Channel from France to England in 1962. Nevertheless, and despite the attractions of its dual capability, the Amphicar was not a commercial success. In what should have been its biggest market - the USA - the Amphicar was handicapped by the many difficulties involved in trying to comply with smog and safety regulations. Demand for what was essentially a novelty vehicle never remotely approached the 20,000 units projected annually, only 3,000-or-so being constructed before production ceased in 1968.
This example was imported from the USA approximately 20 years ago and comes with a copy of the Italian customs-paid document and ASI certificate.
Finished in light blue with light blue/white interior and white hood, the car benefits from comprehensive restoration in 2009 that included a mechanical overhaul, re-spray and a new hood and interior

Hans Trippel qui avait étudié des véhicules amphibie dans les années 1930 relança l’idée après la guerre avec l’Amphicar (appelée initialement Eurocar). Forcément de type monocoque, l’Amphicar de type décapotable était propulsée par un moteur quatre cylindres Triumph Herald de 1,147 cm3 monté à l’arrière et entraînant les roues arrière. Une transmission spéciale entraînait les deux hélices qui assuraient une vitesse dans l’eau de 6 nœuds (10 km/h) et de 110 km/h sur route. Aucun gouvernail spécial n’était nécessaire car la direction était assurée normalement par les roues avant. Le système fonctionnait et démonstration en fut faite lors d’un exploit largement médiatisé qui consista à relier l’Angleterre et la France en traversant la Manche en 1962. Pourtant et en dépit des avantages de sa double capacité d’évolution, l’Amphicar fut un échec commercial. Sur ce qui aurait dû être son plus grand marché, les Etats-Unis , l’Amphicar fut handicapée par les nombreux problèmes posés par son adaptation aux normes antipollution et sécuritaires. La demande pour ce véhicule très innovateur n’atteignit jamais les 20,000 exemplaires annuels espérés et environ 3,000 voitures seulement furent construites jusqu’à la fin de la production en 1968.
Cet exemplaire a été importé des Etats-Unis il y a environ 20 ans est accompagné d’une copie du document de dédouanement en Italie et du certificat de l’ASI. Peinte en bleu clair avec intérieur en bleu et blanc et capote blanche, la voiture a bénéficié d’une restauration sérieuse en 2009 comprenant une réfection de la mécanique, une peinture et un intérieur et une capote neufs.
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1964 Amphicar 770  Chassis no. 101958
1964 Amphicar 770  Chassis no. 101958
1964 Amphicar 770  Chassis no. 101958
1964 Amphicar 770  Chassis no. 101958
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