Around 4000 Amphicars were produced in Germany during the 1960s and most of them were exported to the United States, where American President Lyndon Bain Johnson was one of the car’s celebrity owners, and the vehicle starred in one of the Pepsi “Come Alive” TV commercials. Unfortunately, it was the United State’s EPA regulations which came into effect in 1968 which killed the vehicle
A spate of new amphibious vehicles in recent times and the seeming resurgence of interest in the area has seen us receive a wave of correspondence informing us of many amphibious projects around the world. One of the most fascinating amphibious vehicles to come to light has been the German-produced Amphicar - the only non-military amphibious vehicle ever to go into mass production. Like the Gibbs Aquada, the Amphicar was a convertible and a serious watergoing vessel and a number of lengthy sea voyages were recorded, most notably Africa to Spain and three crossings of the English Channel, once in a Force 6 gale. Note, the Aquada now holds the record for an English Channel crossing by an amphibious vehicle.
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