Sunday, 25 August 2013

Splash Out on a Classic Next Weekend

‘Take a dip from us’, says Historics, as 50-year old Amphicar moors up for auction

If road congestion removes the enjoyment from summer motoring, classic car auction specialist Historics at Brooklands has just the answer at its forthcoming major sale on Saturday, 31st August, near Weybridge, Surrey.

A 1963 Amphicar, one of 127 classics on Historics’ varied roster, makes traffic jams a thing of the past. Resplendent in fashionable mint green with a contrasting white vinyl roof, it takes the word ‘convertible’ to a whole new dimension, as this amphibious chameleon is as much at home on the water as it is on the motorway.

 Less than 4,000 examples of the Amphicar were manufactured between 1961 and 1968 and it is believed that this model, kept in a private collection for the last ten years, is one of only eight in the UK.

Powered by a 1147cc Triumph Herald engine developing 43bhp, transmitted through an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox, the Amphicar has a top speed of over 70mph on the road, and features fully independent suspension front and rear.

Once eased down the slipway however, its wet weather handling can be explored to the limit, the Amphicar being easily capable of breaking the inland waterway limit. With a cruising speed of 7 knots, courtesy of its integral twin propellers at the rear, it recently demonstrated its remarkable dexterity afloat by towing a waterski champion.

This Amphicar - referred to by an owner as ‘the fastest car on the water and the fastest boat on the road’ - comes to sale with an extensive history file and is fully accessorised… with buoys and life jackets. With light restoration required, it is anticipated to attract strong bidding at its estimate of £30,000-£35,000.

 The Amphicar and all 127 consigned vehicles and automobilia will be auctioned at Historics at Brooklands, near Weybridge, Surrey on Saturday 31st August, from 10.00am, with viewing on the previous day.

For more information and the full consignment list, visit, or  call  01753 639170  and e-mail:

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