Who wouldn’t want a car that turns into a boat??? Here are just a few of the really cool ones that have come and gone by land and sea.
Used extensively by German ground forces during World War II, the Volkswagen Schwimmwagen combined the 4-wheel drive of the Kubelwagen and the Beetle, adding a waterproof hull that made the vehicle amphibious. With over 15,000 made between 1941 and 1944, the Schwimmwagen was the most mass-produced amphibious vehicle in history.
The Gibbs Aquada, designed and built by Gibbs Sports Amphibians, is a high-speed vehicle capable of speeds up to 100 MPH on land and 30 MPH on water. Rather than adding wheels to a boat design, or creating a car that floats, the Aquada was designed from the ground up to perform very well in both fields, with over 60 patents covering technical innovations.
Launched in 1961 at the New York Car Show, the Amphicar was available between 1961 and 1967. Made of steel instead of fiberglass, the Amphicar required a difficult greasing process after each trip in the water; presumably why this car sold less than 4,000 units.
After narrowly escaping a lawsuit over making an amphibious car out of a Suzuki Samaurai, Tim Dutton doubled down on his efforts and created the Dutton Surf out of a Suzuki Jimny. He then made history as being the only person to have ever crossed the English Channel twice in an amphibious car. It took 7 hours.
Powered by a 450 hp Chevrolet Corvette engine, the Watercar Python reached land speeds of 127 mph, and water speeds of 60 mph, setting a Guinness World Record in 2010. Due to the high cost of vehicle production, the Python was never developed past the prototype phase.