The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Amphicar 770. We make the process of selling your Amphicar 770 quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Amphicar Model 770 is an amphibious vehicle the combines the military and scientific applications developed for wartime into a vehicle to be used as a family car for recreational purposes. It came to the American market in 1961 and was last sold in 1968, as production ended in 1965. The design was based on a concept by amphibious vehicle pioneer, Hanns Trippel and was manufactured by the IWK (Industrie Werke Karlsruhe), under the ownership of the Quandt Group in West Germany and aimed primarily at the American marketplace. Amphicar Corporation of America in New York city was in charge.
The Amphicar made its American debut in 1961 at the Fifth Annual International Automobile show in New York City on April Fool’s Day, April 1, 1961. Orders started from that day on for the “sport car that swims.” It was noted that this was an all-new design and not a modification of an existing automobile though the car is considered a descendant of the Volkswagen Schwimmwagen.
The vehicle can hold four people. There are two seats in the front and a bench type seat in the rear. Navigations lights as required by the Coast Guard were included. The bow holds the gasoline tank, spare tires and tools. To convert it from land to water use, you simply drive it into the water and switch on the twin screws which provide water propulsion. The propellers are the same for land and water. For shore landing, the rear engine and propeller drive are operated simultaneously. The model 770 is so named because the vehicle could go 7 knots in the water and reach 70 plus miles per hour on land.
General interest in the car/boat was lackluster and the problems that plagued the car, corrosion, primarily, and tightening regulations for both road and marine operations became a problem. Overall production topped 3,875 vehicles before the company went out of business. Of the 800 plus cars built in the first generation, about 600 came to the U.S. and enthusiast still collect them today.