Blue Cars and Black Tops

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Michael Echemann, Mar 9, 2001.

  1. Michael Echemann
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    <font face="Arial" size="2">Has anyone out there seen a blue Amphicar with a black top? I think this combo did exist with black rubber bumper mouldings also. Hugh tells me that the blue cars did come with black tops but they were more common in Europe. Maybe on later cars? David Chapman and others across the Atlantic may know. How about it. Thanks</font>
     
  2. David Chapman
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    Yes, I think all of the blue cars here have black tops, remember European
    cars are on average 4 years younger and fashions changed, the early cars
    like Marc Schlemmer's with lots of white bits and blue painted dash must
    have looked "old fashioned" by the mid 1960's - think what the average TR or
    MG looked like by then, a more common car here would be like Hugh's, Red,
    black bits and black crinkle painted dash.

    Someone once told me that the color schemes - exterior/interior trim etc
    that Amphicar used - were lifted direct from a brochure for a large Chrysler
    that someone from Amphicar Germany picked up at a US motor show in 1959.

    Also, very few Amphicars here had white wall tyres, a few early Amphis were
    supplied with them but white walls were never popular and have always been
    almost impossible to buy - especially wide white walls. Because of the type
    of roads we have here and the way we drive the conversion to radial tyres
    happened very quickly in the late 1960s.

    Of course 40 years on things change - if I was restoring an Amphi now I
    would have black tyres but it would be painted powder blue - including the
    dash, and have a white hood and bumper trims - that combination is just
    gorgeous !


    David Chapman


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Michael Echemann
    To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2001 4:03 AM
    Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Blue Cars and Black Tops


    Has anyone out there seen a blue Amphicar with a black top? I think this
    combo did exist with black rubber bumper mouldings also. Hugh tells me that
    the blue cars did come with black tops but they were more common in Europe.
    Maybe on later cars? David Chapman and others across the Atlantic may know.
    How about it. Thanks
     
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