Do you remember the phrase “one if by land, two if by sea?” Paul Revere used this phrase as a secret signal to alert fellow patriots of the route chosen by the oncoming British troops. Today’s remarkable find would need another signal, something like “three if by land and sea!” Today’s remarkable find is this 1964 Amphicar 770:
Described as “the fastest car on the water and fastest boat on the road,” this type of amphibious vehicle is certainly a bit of an oddity.
The car on offer today is obviously not in the best shape. But before you go making jokes about how this car looks as though it spent too much time under the water, here what the seller, Gas Monkey Garage, has to say:
“Very Rare 1964 Amphicar 770 Local Garage find offered for sale to the public for the first time ever by Gas Monkey Garage with ***NO RESERVE*** showing 3993 miles owned by one family since new.The Amphicar was designed to be marketed and sold in the USA. Compared to most boats or cars, its performance was modest(the model designation comes from a top speed of 7 Knots on the water & 70 MPH on land, making them the fastest boat on land & the fastest car in the water!), and less than 3900 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 collectible automobiles today.
The Amphicar qualifies for the carpool (not the carpool lane,the actual car pool!) In 1965, two Amphicars successfully navigated the Yukon River in Alaska & two Amphicars crossed the English Channel in 1968 enduring 20-foot waves and gale-force winds! President Lyndon B. Johnson was known as an owner of an Amphicar. Johnson, a known practical joker, was said to enjoy frightening visitors at his Johnson City, Texas ranch by driving them downhill in his Amphicar, directly into his property’s lake, all the while shouting that he had malfunctioning brakes!
We found this very well preserved one family owned Amphicar 770 here locally having been stored in a garage since last being enjoyed in 1989. We brought it back to the shop preserving the condition just as we found it after being stored for nearly 25 years and are offering it for the first time to the public. The car is complete (including the propellers & shafts!) needing complete servicing before enjoying due to time in storage, we have not attempted to start it & due to our filming schedule will not be able to perform any service (we really wish we could build all the cars we find, but we can’t!) ) This will be seen on an upcoming episode of the hit show Fast N Loud.”
Yes, it does give new meaning to the word “car pool.” We did a little digging to find out what driving the car in the water was like. You can read the full account here, but we were bemused by this snippet:
“The thing that’s so difficult is it has so many buttons on the dashboard, and none of them are labeled,” she says. “You have to memorize which one is which and hope you got the right one. And you flip specific levers for the wheels or the propellers, and you have to make sure that’s correct before going into the water. If you don’t, you’re really not going anywhere.”
Certainly this car is not for everyone, but it does have its share of enthusiasts. For more information about this type of car, head over to Amphicar.com. For an idea of the potential for this garage find car, take a look at the video, below. If you like what you see, well then get bidding!