Start of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, 1971

Format: 1 photonegative - 35 x 24 mm.


Notes: The Amphicar was a German vehicle manufactured 1960-1968. It was the first commercially produced amphibious car and used a Triumph Herald engine over the rear axle to power the wheels and twin propellors. In the water, the front wheels acted as rudders. The body was steel.


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  • Juan Escrivá 1y

    Muy buena
  • Hunny 1y

    late 90's saw one going on san diego bay. also, when floating, it is impossible to open the doors, water pressure is just to great.
  • maimoriez 1y

  • Charlotte Deblaere 1y

    Haha Quelle créativité ici. C'est belle pour voir ça!! Je suis étonnée qu'une voiture amphibie éxistait déjà à cette époque là.
  • Franz Heiliger 10mo

    Habe ich noch live erlebt so ein Auto :-)
  • numéro six 10mo

     by numéro six
  • Steve judoka 10mo

    This car was in the sixties quite famous and well know. As it was the car of Captain Zeppos, in the tv serie with the same name.
  • excellence III 10mo

    Mecum Auctions would Love this
  • greengeek1 9mo

    Howard33 I don't think you get flat tires in water, or at least that you have to stop, as the car does have two props on the back.
  • TomD77 6mo

    Steel body and saltwater use?! That had to be Germanic retribution. That's the reason few examples are anything other than piles of rust.
  • greengeek1 6mo

    Howard33 I don't think a flat would really matter in the water.
  • greengeek1 6mo

    TomD77 Also not cleaning it when out of the salt water, and doing paint touch ups, as even the biggest ships are made of steel, and they have to be painted some what regularly.
  • Thomas A. Thompson 6mo

    I always thought those types of car were pretty cool I still remember the old Pepsi commercials of the old days.
  • Peter Santarini 5mo

    The 1960s great photo
  • Idakoos Store 4mo

    Wow, amazing image
  • lala a haleem shaikh 4mo

    Wow,Very Nice Pic
  • Patricia de Chenier 4mo

    Saw one of those in a used car lot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana once.. couldn't afford to buy it :/
  • Andrea 2mo

    I wish I could find one of those cars now.
  • excellence III 2mo

    Me Too, Barrett Jackson here we come
  • solebrth 2mo

    Saw them fixing one on Fast & Loud car repair show !
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