Amphicar 770 1966
• The 1st successful amphibious vehicle
• Production number of only 3878
• Original owners handbook/workshop manual- spare parts inc.
• Imported from the USA to Australia in October 2017
• Import approval documentation
• Quality overall older Restoration with originality in mind
This well-preserved piece of history remains in excellent condition. This convertible offers a dual mode 4-speed manual transmission powered by a 4 cylinder, 1.1L engine. Mounted in the rear, the engine delivers 43 BHP. Considering it being in some ways an all-terrain vehicle, the condition of the interior has kept well after minor work carried out and presents in great condition.
This car features a nice overall restoration. The seats are well upholstered in good quality materials with a dash finish featuring the correct instruments on of which being the original AM.FM radio.
Its noted as part of the restoration project that the starter motor has been rebuilt, the master cylinders as well as the fuel pump were also rebuilt.
Accompanying this vehicle is an Instruction manual/workshop manual, spare parts and history printouts. Here’s a chance to own an iconic part of history and highlight to any Classic collection, ‘The Amphicar 770′
After a 15-year development project for the German manufacturer’ Hans Trippel, in 1961 came the first Amphicar featured at the New York Auto show. This iconic vehicle make was the first commercially successful amphibious car. It is estimated this project cost upwards of $25M.
With a production number of only 3878 over the years, most of them recorded to be sold in the US! including a sale to former President, Lyndon B. Johnson. This example is an original LHD while over 99 were converted left to right. Its known that the model ‘770’ refers to the 7 Miles in can travel across water and the 70 miles it can travel on land (MPH).
This Amphicar was modelled as a descendant of the ‘Volkswagen Schwimmwagen’, but offered only the modest performance aspects in comparison. The 770 ran on a ‘Triumph Herald’ engine.
Production of these vehicles were structured quiet differently in regard to a vehicle being plated. Rather that them being titled in the year they were produced, they were stamped in the year they sold.
This Amphicar is a 66 model that falls within the last few built. Over the 5 years of previous production stood this example, benefiting from many improvements the company made during that period making it the desirable vehicle it present to be today.
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