A couple years ago my newly acquired Amphicar had its new maiden voyage after
sitting in dry storage for many years. A friend, and first passenger, was so
thrilled he later presented me with a nice gift he located on an auction site.
It was an advertisement from the 1960 almanac issue of Automotive News featuring
the Amphicar arrival in America. It shows the Amphicar under way with three
passengers and the Statue of Liberty in the background. I placed a copy of it
in the Yahoo Groups Photos section. Take a look. It's obviously a very early
car. Anybody know the details of this early Amphi?
All of the speculation about New York harbor has gotten me to post for the
second time ever, after years on the list. As a way of introduction, I think
may be the only person in the club who lives in New York City. If there are any
others out there, please let me know!
My ride is a 67 red, restored last year by Dave the Wave. I don't keep my
Amphicar in the city, but commuting to and from Brooklyn and Manhattan is an
endless source of conversation. My home is a block away from the East River
and I can vouch for the river's paint stripping qualities. The salty and
water of New York harbor is famously tough. As many have noted, the harbor
is a working port and the boat traffic is unforgiving. There are also intense
tidal currents. I've been in small sailboats around lower manhattan and you
really have to keep your eyes open. Those issues can be overcome,but
there's the biggest one, finding a post-swim parking spot.
Having said all of that, it would be a blast to have so many amphicars in my