The reality of building a car that can float is that it makes an interesting looking boat. Similarly, if you build a boat that can drive on the road, it’s a bit of an oddity. Of course, combine the two, and you’ve got what is neither a particularly good car, nor a particularly good boat; but it can do both, and that makes it unique. Last fall I took a look at one of these unique Amphicar 770s, a light blue swimmer that looked lovey and I joked would be what my drawing rendition of a Mercedes 280SE would look like. Today there’s another that’s about as nice as they come:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1965 Amphicar 770 on eBay
Engine: 1.1 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 3,401 mi
Price: $100,000 Buy It Now
” THE FINEST IN EXISTANCE ” ! With 3400 ORIGINAL MILES, then – Nut & Bolt taken apart and ever piece refinished or rebuilt, then meticulously put together to a Work of Art !. Everything down to the Clock works. This Ampha was wet tested, went for swim as seen in the pictures, then hours were spent to dry her off. Absolutely Runs & Drives New !. Underneath is Impeccable ! Has its Boat Registration, just not put on the car . This is for the Collector that wants the Finest. This is a Chance of a Lifetime to Own the Best. a Near comparison brought $121K at Barrett- Jackson and this will go there or a Mecum this year if not Sold. Priced very fair, but is Expensive. Better than Money in the Bank.
With only 3,400 miles on the ticker and a full restoration, this may indeed be the nicest example in the world. Unfortunately for the seller, the Amphicar market hasn’t recovered from the height of a few years ago, when we saw top examples at Barrett-Jackson blow past $100,000. The reality is the top condition cars now trade hands for around $80,000 – but if you’re in the market and you want the best, paying the premium for a model like this may indeed be much cheaper than buying one that either has more miles or is need of a restoration.