26 AUGUST 2013
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If road congestion removes the enjoyment from summer motoring, you can always buy an Amphicar. Or you could. Less than 4,000 examples of the amphibious car were manufactured between 1961 and 1968 in Lubeck (Germany). It was designed for the American market and it is thought that only eight exist 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 it has a cruising speed of 7 knots.
If you fancy bidding it is one of 127 ‘classic cars’ up for sale with Historics at Brooklands auction next Saturday (31 August). Light restoration is required, and it is anticipated to attract strong bidding estimated between £30,000 and £35,000. Other vehicles on the list include a 1957 Bedford Van (£10,000 to £14,000), several MGs (from £3,750) and a Jowett Jupiter (£21,000 to £26,000). An E type racer is also available with suggested bids starting at £150,000. Viewing on Friday.
We are reminded that a VC10 is on display too. (see Cornwall to get VC10 this week). www.historics.co.uk
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