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It might have been a novelty, but the Amphicar wasn't as daft an idea as it sounds. The brainchild of German inventor Hans Trippel, who had experience of building successful amphibian vehicles during World War II for the German army, the Amphicar was designed to double up as a car and a boat. It came with two engines -a Triumph Herald unit for road use and a Hermes outboard motor for aquatic use, powering twin propellers. But while brilliant in concept, the Amphicar was a disaster in execution. Its design was too compromised in too many ways, and it was neither brilliant on the road nor in water, and thus unappealing to drive. Poor rust proofing didn't help the car's reputation, either. Owners who forgot to dry their Amphicars off after a swim found them rotting away or - even worse - sinking due to water ingress.

Amphicar Specifications

Top speed:65 mph (104 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):43.0 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:70 ci (1,147 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:43 bhp (32 kW) at 4,750 rpm
Max torque:61 lb ft (85 Nm) at 2,250 rpm
Weight:2,312 lb (1,040 kg)
Economy:35 mpg (12 km/I)

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