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Bill Cotter

Remember the Aquacar?

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If you have fond memories of the amphibious cars demonstrated at the Fair, and if you have some spare change, you can now get a new boat/car to impress your friends:

<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/09/04/amphibious.car.ap/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/09/04/a...r.ap/index.html</a>

Much better looking that the older ones but a LOT more expensive. I have some shots of the cars at the Fair - if Randy doesn't beat me to it I will post them tonight.

Bill

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Yes, my buddy here in Eau Claire has one, in maroon.

If anyone has any technical questions about the car, I am sure he can answer them.

Randy.

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He has the old World's Fair version, made in Germany.

The new one looks a lot better, one piece hull and water-jet propelled. 30 MPH in the water is pretty decent.

My friend just replaced all the door gaskets, as they dry out and let water leak in. The propellor underneath the rear end does look neat though!

Randy.

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Almost got run over by one when I was about 14.

I was swimming across a narrow spot in a local lake when I heard a noise to my right. It was a CAR coming straight at me at about 20 yards.

Boy, those suckers are stealthy when you're a swimmer in the line of fire! They don't stick very far up out of the water when YOUR eyes are at water level!!

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Here's a view from 1964:

aquacar.jpg

This "old" technology let you enjoy a ride in the rain. The new car seems to be roofless as you have to jump in over the side.

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Hey Lambertus, if you have to jump in because the doors don't open, why did they bother to design doors to begin with, necessitating the gaskets which leak on your friends car? Why not just design side panels without any doors at all?

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By coincidence, I was just this week doing some research on the Amphicar, the 60's boat car pictured in this thread. (I was inspired by seeing one on the street in our Jersey Shore area.) It was indeed German, a convertible, and the doors had an extra latch to keep them sealed when in the water.

The new version (unrelated, I think) announced in London this week has no doors to avoid the leakage problem, but I guess they just assume you'll get wet no matter the weather, so they don't seem to supply a top!

For more info, check out <a href="http://www.amphicar.com" target="_blank">http://www.amphicar.com</a> or <a href="http://www.amphicar.net" target="_blank">http://www.amphicar.net</a>

Stay dry!

Pete

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