Gosford Classic Cars adds Amphicar 770 to collection

Things have taken an amphibious turn at Gosford Classic Car Museum (GCCM). Visitors are setting their sights on the new arrival 1966 Amphicar 770, the first vehicle to drive on both land and water.

This extends the Museum’s collection of over 400 classic cars valued at $70 million. The new addition travels at an impressive seven miles per hour on water and 70 miles per hour on land. Famous owners of the vehicle included US President Lyndon B. Johnson and country music legend Alan Jackson.

The Museum showcases a world class and ever-evolving collection of iconic automobiles. Only one hour north of Sydney CBD, the Museum offers visitors a must-see experience.

Media:
Amphicar makes a splash Sydney Harbour – News.com.au
Vintage Amphicar, which floats on water and drives on land, added to classic car museum’s collection – Herald Sun
Gliding across Sydney Harbour in an amphibious car – Channel 9
This vintage car-boat is the vehicle of our dreams – Yahoo!7
Amphicar makes a splash in Sydney Harbour – Global Times
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Gliding across Sydney Harbour in an amphibious car

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By Lara Vella • TODAY Sydney reporter 9:53pm Jan 31, 2018

It’s not often you get to feel like you’re in a James Bond film, but taking a spin in this extraordinary car comes pretty close.

This is a 1966 Amphicar. It’s a German-designed automobile taking you straight from the road and across Sydney Harbour.

And it’s quite remarkable how incredibly buoyant – and bizarre – you feel bobbing along the water in a floating car.

Speed isn’t her main asset, only tracking about 11km/h in the water.

But she sure is a head-turner, with white-wall tyres and a striking canary yellow making sure she’s the star attraction as we putter past Sydney’s ferries and delighted kayakers.

So exactly how does a car float on water?

Jason Fischer is the Operations Manager at the Gosford Classic Car Museum – the vehicle’s new home – and says it’s simply a matter of switching the gears into “boat mode.”

“The car is obviously shaped like a boat underneath, and the propellers are in the back,” he said.

During the 1960s, almost 4000 Amphicars were manufactured, retailing for about $3500. Now they’re worth upwards of $120,000.

Most sales came from the United States, including one purchased by former President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In fact, one of his favourite pranks was to drive the car straight off a bridge, claiming the brakes had failed, as his terrified passengers clambered for the doors.

As we glide across to Shark Island, we cop a couple of big waves thanks to some very curious ferries coming a little too close for comfort, and there’s really not much you can do except hope a strong grip and stronger stomach will keep you afloat.

But as I look out at the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the leather passenger seat of a car, with my hand gently touching the soft waves, I have to admit, it’s one incredible ride that I’ll never forget.

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