While David is in Germany he made a sacred promise to me on the eternally-glowing brake rotor that powers all of the Autopian: to send me any pics of interesting cars he sees while he’s over there, explaining to his mother that it’s really not all that weird that he’s pals with/started a business with a guy 20 years older than him. He started off with a great one: these pictures of an Amphicar 770 being towed by what would be a pretty unlikely tow vehicle here in America, a 2010-ish Mercedes-Benz CLS. But here’s the thing: whoever owns this lovely Amphicar seems to be doing it wrong.
The problem isn’t with the Amphicar 770 itself: it appears to be in fantastic shape, and I think the blacked-out chrome look is actually really working for this, and is a look I’ve not seen on an Amphicar before, which tend to play up the car’s kitch value with all the chrome. The blacked-out trim here makes the car feel purposeful and a touch more aggressive, which, when added to a car that’s already pretty cute, results in a fantastic look for a car: plucky.
But what’s wrong here is that if in fact this Amphicar is capable of being driven, it should be driven to whatever water it’s likely being taken to, because that is the entire point of an amphibious car: you don’t need to trailer it! It’s not a boat! It’s absolutely capable of being driven on land, and then plunging into the water with the confident aplomb of a porpoise! That’s the magic of the car!
Sure, maybe you won’t enjoy the comforts of a Mercedes-Benz on the way, but that’s not the point! You can deal with a bit of discomfort if it means knowing that you’re using one of the only cars in the world capable of this very specific achievement to its fullest! A car you can drive on the autobahn, and then leap into the sea! Or lake or river or estuary or whatever!
Sure, the little 1148cc Triumph engine only made about 43 horsepower, but that was enough to get the little boat-car to 70 mph, which is adequate for autobahn travel, at least in the slow lane. They could have done it, is all I’m saying.
From the rear, that Amphicar looks like it’s looking right at David, locking headlight-eyes with him, peering deep into his soul. It also looks a bit angled on that trailer, doesn’t it? That all looks a bit wonky. Still, I do love European trailer taillights. Look at that nice combination of triangles and squares!
Hopefully we’ll get more good car spotting pics from David soon, so stay tuned!