Nov 22, 2010

Car for sail in Loveland, Colorado

A rare 1967 Amphicar was auctioned off for $17,500 on Saturday.

While most Amphicars were sold, and remain, in the U.S., they were created and built in Europe.

A German race car driver named Hans Trippel began dabbling with amphibious vehicles for the German Army during World War II. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that his Amphicar became the first — and only — mass-produced civilian amphibious vehicle.

A total of 3,878 Amphicars were manufactured from 1961 to 1968.

The bulk of the Amphicars, 3,046, were imported to the United States.

Several Amphicars landed in Loveland, Colorado when schoolteacher Grace Clinger opened a dealership and rental business.

Back then, Lake Loveland was not private, and anyone could take a boat on the water.

Advertisements hyped the Amphicar as The sports car that swims and A sensation on land and water.