Twofer Tuesday: 1962 Amphicar 770 Convertible

Call it Twofer Tuesday, Twin Prop Tuesday, Topless Tuesday, just don’t call it boring. It’s the Amphicar 770, and this one is build #62.
I was messing around on Hemmings again and stumbled across the delightful little Amphicar, a vehicle which I had sort of forgotten about for a long time. As you know, the Amphicar was designed to be the amphibious vehicle for the everyman. Although it never really took off in the mainstream, it became one of those wonderful examples of 1960’s engineering, when manufacturers took design risks, and little guys like Amphicar could make a splash (I had to – don’t judge me).
Piloting a 770 is a full-time job, but it’s all laid out very simply. It looks like it would be easy to pick up.

This Amphicar is the sixty second (62nd) Amphicar that was built. Yes, it was made in 1962. It is the model 7-70, meaning that it can swim at seven knots or it can go down the road at 70 miles per hour. It was restored about 12 years ago. It is a fun toy to have. The paint upholstery, tires, top etc were all new at restoration. I am asking $62000.00.

Fixed-position twin props push the 770 in the water. No fancy moves here – the front wheels become rudders in the water.
What do you do with an Amphicar? Well, you take it amphicar-ing, of course.

The seller certainly knows what a 1962 770 is worth, and seems to have a thing for even numbers (1962, #62, $62,000). Is your entire annual salary worth losing for a chance to own this British-powered, German-built cabriolet?
[Source: Hemmings Classifieds]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 64 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop files here

  1. Alff Avatar

    Neat novelties but for as long as I can remember the price of admission would get you a better boat, a better car AND a tow vehicle.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Are you saying there’s anything rational in classic car ownership? Honestly, I didn’t know these were so expensive.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        For the entire time I’ve been watching Amphicar prices (which is to say about 25 years now…) they’ve consistently remained at around 10x the increasing amount I’d be willing to pay for one.
        I grudgingly admit, though, that this may be one vehicle for which my standard policy of “some rust is okay, it doesn’t have to be particularly nice” may not work out so well in practice.

      2. Alff Avatar

        This purchase combines the financial prudence of owning a classic car with the fiscal responsibility of boat ownership.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          I know! Stop tempting me!

        2. Sjalabais Avatar

          Spot on. And yet…every time our local roads are closed by landslides, I wish I had an Amphicar. That comes from the same person that struggles to maintain a little boat that lost its engine in a storm, and wouldn’t afford the time or money for a proper classic because of busy every day concerns.
          Alternatively, something that doesn’t even need a ramp would be fine, too:

  2. alex Avatar

    I’m kinda old, but I actually remember my father toying around with one of these in the wayback years. We lived on a big river, and lots of people had boats. Dad thought he could have both. I think he may have even driven the car on land in in the river. I thought it was WAY cool and begged him to buy it. His office was in a town on the other side of the river, and I tried to convince him that coming across as a boat was so much easier and better than driving over one of the bridges. Dad made the right choice and didn’t buy the Amphicar. But, he never bought a boat either. Oh well.

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    An Amphicat will provide just as many hours of amusement, and draw plenty of attention at the local beach, for a fraction of the cost.

  4. 0A5599 Avatar

    $62k is a lot of money to be able to play the LBJ game.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      I thought it was the Ted Kennedy game?

  5. marmer Avatar

    I see these all the time at car shows and marvel at the door seals and the faith shown therein.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      That, plus the Triumph-Herald-engine-driven-bilge-pump…

  6. Sean McMillan Avatar
    Sean McMillan

    What’s cooler than an amphicar? An amphicar with 58 Chrysler fins and 50 studebaker nose

%d bloggers like this: