Amphicar Appearance

Amphicar from Jim Zellmer.

Speaking of “jobs to be done” (Asymcar 18)….

A rare Amphicar makes an entertaining Saturday afternoon appearance on Madison’s Lake Mendota.


The Amphicar Model 770 is an amphibious automobile, the first such vehicle mass-produced for sale to the public starting in 1961. The German vehicle was designed by Hanns Trippel and manufactured by the Quandt Group at Lübeck and at Berlin-Borsigwalde. Its name is a portmanteau of “amphibious” and “car”. The Amphicar was designed to be marketed and sold in the USA. Compared to most boats or cars, its performance was modest, and only 4000 were produced by 1965. Nevertheless, it is still among the most successful amphibious civilian autos of all time, and still often prized and preserved as novelty collectible automobiles today.

eBay: 3 for sale starting at $53,950.

International Amphicar Owners Club. Tips on buying an Amphicar.

Entering and leaving the water.

## I recorded the brief Lake Mendota video using an iPhone 6 with “digital zoom”. Not too bad.