The Amphicar was fastest car on the water and fastest boat on the road. They also were not very good boats and as cars they didn’t fare any better.
While most Amphicars were sold, and remain, in the U.S., they were created and built in Europe.
A German race car driver named Hans Trippel began dabbling with amphibious vehicles for the German Army during World War II. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that his Amphicar became the first — and only — mass-produced civilian amphibious vehicle.
A total of 3,878 Amphicars were manufactured from 1961 to 1968.
The bulk of the Amphicars, 3,046, were imported to the United States.
Several Amphicars landed in Loveland, Colorado when schoolteacher Grace Clinger opened a dealership and rental business.
Back then, Lake Loveland was not private, and anyone could take a boat on the water.
This Amphicar was filmed at White Rock Lake near Dallas, Texas.