Listen up. If you are bidding on the ebay Amphicar. The one in Newport, Rhode
Island that is currently at 8,000., Take the advice of Elmer Fudd, and be
vewy, vewy careful.
This auction has no picture and the description is incredibly vague. He says
that he did all this work in 1996, but the car has been stored since then.
After a two hour drive to go see it, he could not get access to the garage
where it was stored, and I had to look through the windows at a car covered
with boxes, parts and dust. So my description will not be 100% accurate.
Be aware that he has had this car in the salt water in Newport several times,
although he says that "he swam in fresh water afterwards to flush it clean",
whatever that is worth. The top is already tattered, and the sides are ground
down to the sheet metal on both sides approximately 12 inches up. I do not
recall seeing the body lip from my poor vantage point, so it may be an
earlier car, or it may have had the lips ground or cut off in the last sheet
metal repair. There was surface rust all along the rear body edges and on the
top of the doors where small holes were present. I can't remember if these
were to mount the window sweeps or if there were some drilled holes there,
but it looks a little crispy under the paint.
He had little or no memory of what was specifically done, only that he
recalls having spent 12K on the car after buying it for 12K, but admitting
that he shipped it back and forth to Long Island for the work, so that may
have chewed up a lot of $$. He did say that he had a new clutch put in.
Although his ad says new transmission, he could not specifically recall when
I asked him.
It may not be a bad car for someone who is willing to do a restoration, and
it may be solid underneath (I could not get close enough to tell), and in
fairness to the seller, he has indicated to all inquiries that it would need
4 or 5 K of work, but I just want you guys to know that without a photo or
accurate description, to be careful and ask many questions. At the current
price, it may be well worth it to some of you who can restore these yourself
or to someone who doesn't yet have one, but before you bid too much higher,
check out the car in detail if at all possible. Please, do not tell him that
I have bad mouthed the car. I am only trying to warn fellow web towed
enthusiasts so that you do not get disappointed. Good luck,
--- In amphicar-lovers@y..., chasgould@a... wrote:
> Okay guys,
> Listen up. If you are bidding on the ebay Amphicar. The one in
> Island that is currently at 8,000., Take the advice of Elmer Fudd,
> vewy, vewy careful.
I just want to be sure there are no mistakes here. This is *not* the
one I have listed. As there are 3 on eBay now. I go by "Fishbone" on
eBay and reside in Colorado.
I think it is an early April fools joke the Amphi listed on Ebay. The
heater I threw in BW2 is from a Chevy conversion van. It was the rear
heat and ac. It is kind of big but has the evaporator coil also, for my
dream of an ice cold Amphi in the hot summer. River was great. It was
much better because of the heater actually working. Water temps at 53
degrees. Light winds causing lots of waves. We waved and smiled at the
shivering and bundeled up fisherman. Mike read his book and I read "Old
Cars weekly" Much better than yard work. Later Dave the Wave
That's my car on eBay. The previous owner lived in a fairly remote
town, and neither of us has had it at any Amphicar functions so I
doubt anyone could comment on it. Anybody interested e-mail me and I
will frankly answer any questions. A number of people have had
questions or wanted more photos. I've many times had the unhappy
experience of traveling across the country to look at something that
was less than advertised so I will take great pains to be sure that
anyone who's interested has a very good idea of what they are coming
to look at. That said, I'm no Amphicar expert so maybe I have the
wheels on backwards and don't even know it!
--- In email@example.com, "sdreich" <sdreich@p...>
> Anyone know if the 1966 Amphi on eBay is as described?
> '64 red (AMPHICR)
> '64 red (I SWIM 2)
> Del Mar, CA
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The Amphicar shell that is listed on eBay (Item #2449846423) has what
appears to be a bilge blower vent on the fender. The car is in Germany.
Did any non-US cars have bilge blowers? Or did this car come from the US?
Is it possible that some of the cars that were planning to be sent to the US
and fitted with bilge blowers never made it...and were left over at the
Just curious from a "historical" point of view.