The Amphicar 770 is a Car No One Understands, Everyone Loves
Writing and Photography by Máté Boér
Today’s story begins in Germany, continues in the US and then returns to the continent, albeit Hungary. It has four wheels and drives like a car. It also has twin screws and swims like a boat. Welcome aboard the Amphicar 770! It isn’t a particularly good car, nor is it an especially good boat. Frankly, the car doesn’t make much sense; it’s essentially an absurd recreational vehicle. But that’s why people love it.
“Amphicar—the sportscar that swims” reads a sixties advertising slogan. It was a ‘sportscar’ that achieved 60 mph in forty-three seconds from dead stop yet cost as much as a Mustang. Maybe it’s the perfect recipe for disaster, but the Amphicar did find a handful of buyers and enthusiasts, primarily in the USA.