never saw this ignition key setup before

peterboz

Member
Hi there ,
It is for the European style Amphicar with a steering lock and no bilge blower / we mostly have them overhere and the keys are very different then the USA version.
We have a ignition key and also a key for door and dash.
Steering lock key start with B14 and a following number ,it starts with 1 and as far as i can tell it goes to 40 or 50 up.
Keys are almost impossible to get if they are lost / I had to send them to a locksmith that opened it up and made keys to the lock cylinders.
If you need key a have a small data base with owners and key numbers in the Netherlands.
I have a green one also with the non glaring black paint at the doors [ same paint as the dash ]and one with the normal paint on the doors .
I thought that this was done by a former owner , now i am wondering if it was an factory option to have it black .
 

SNOWBIRD

Amphicar Expert
I Have an inventory of those keys. Will take a snap of the ones I have when I get back to shop Mid Dec.
 

jfriese

Active Member
My 67 Red car was originally a Canadian car with Vin 106524160 . It has the black crinkle paint on the door tops and all around the windshield. It had a poor windshield washer system that I heard was a requirement in Canada. It has the standard, common key for all the locks with the ignition key on the dash and no steering wheel lock system. Hugh once told me that Tommy's car is a 68. I think Hugh said he sold it to him.

John Friese
67 White
67 Red
 

peterboz

Member
John ,question is that washer system/ water container located next to the brake build container ? My green one has a washer container on that place and a VW switch on the dash to control it. By pushing it you get water out of it.

Peter
 

jfriese

Active Member
Peter,
Yes, the water container was right next to the brake fluid reservoir. The one on my car had a broken sprayer thing but the whole thing seemed unnecessary to me anyway so I did away with it and installed a standard control switch. I never regretted my decision to yank it out.

John Friese
67 White
67 Red
 

peterboz

Member
This Amphicar was stored for more then 20-25 years when i bought it last year .I try to get it in working conditioning asap.
Engine is running /brakes i have done and they are working. Lot of work and fun.
 

jfriese

Active Member
Hi Peter,

Your car is a lot like my Red car was/and is, wrinkle black all around the windshield and the door tops. That locking steering column makes me think your car is a 68 car, perhaps sold into Canada. My Red car has the heater on the right front fender, a very nice improvement over the more common location below the gas tank. That heater works WAY better than the earlier design. I'm not sure when that heater change came along but my other 67 Amphicar has an earlier VIN and the old style heater. The late car has several other small changes such as an emergency brake linkage change, an improved hand throttle linkage (that actually works as a hand throttle), 6" drive shaft tunnels and a 2 inch bilge plug.

Red Car 22.JPG

Red Car 04.JPG

John Friese
67 White
67 Red
 
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SNOWBIRD

Amphicar Expert
Here keys 001.JPGkeys 005.JPGis
here is a pic of the Keys I have, on the left is std. ones and right is the odd ones ,lower pic is close up, have many different numbers c100 etc., not quite the same as the picture in post before.,
Gord.
 

peterboz

Member
Hi Peter,

Your car is a lot like my Red car was/and is, wrinkle black all around the windshield and the door tops. That locking steering column makes me think your car is a 68 car, perhaps sold into Canada. My Red car has the heater on the right front fender, a very nice improvement over the more common location below the gas tank. That heater works WAY better than the earlier design. I'm not sure when that heater change came along but my other 67 Amphicar has an earlier VIN and the old style heater. The late car has several other small changes such as an emergency brake linkage change, an improved hand throttle linkage (that actually works as a hand throttle), 6" drive shaft tunnels and a 2 inch bilge plug.

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John Friese
67 White
67 Red
John it has never been outside Europe it was one of a batch 20 with have registration for the road .
The first was 80-01-BH the last 80-20-BH i have 80-02-BH the second one sold by Schone in Groningen The Netherlands.
It is a late model car but not 68 it has an earlier registration I will look it up
Thx Peter
 
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peterboz

Member
John it has never been outside Europe it was one of a batch 20 with have registration for the road .
The first was 80-01-BH the last 80-20-BH i have 80-02-BH the second one sold by Schone in Groningen The Netherlands.
It is a late model car but not 68 it has an earlier registration I will look it up
Thx Peter
Registration is 1966-6 but it is al late model picture how i found it in a garagebox.[ wrong bumper] And one at my home.IMG_0860.jpgIMG_0918.jpg
 
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