Meet the Amphicar of White Rock Lake

Categories: Park and Rec

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On Sunday afternoon, the Lakewood Advocate's Brittany Nunn was treated to her first glimpse of White Rock Lake's fabled Amphicar. She didn't know that it was an Amphicar -- an amphibious convertible produced produced briefly by a German company during the 1960s -- or that it was fabled, just that cars aren't supposed to go into the water.

Not sure who owns this particular vehicle, which is the same baby blue as Lyndon Johnson's model. There are several floating around North Texas (at least six), the most famous of which is probably the Texas Shark, which is also the only one sponsored by Hooter's and Redneck Heaven.

Now for the important question: Why don't they still make these things?


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11 comments
P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Pretty sure that is illegal to take in the lake.

losingmyreligion
losingmyreligion

Why don't they still make these things? They don't make Amphicars, per se, but there are other amphibious vehicles around (http://www.amphicars.com/acother.htm). Also, the Amphicars were expensive at first, they tended to rust although if you spent a lot of money and time caring for it, the rust could be avoided. Essentially, these are very high-maintenance vehicles, much more like the money-hole that a boat can be than the typical sporty little car that only goes 70 mph top speed. They weren't that great a car OR that great a boat, either. They were cute, clever and appealing in their Jetsonian-future-gizmo way but kinda clunky on either land or sea. I mean, in the water, you're basically steering that thing with your front wheels.

NewsDog
NewsDog

I believe there is a rule/law/restriction that nothing over a 9.5 HP motor is allowed on White Rock Lake (with the exception being the WR Yacht Club commitee boat).

DOisDUMDUM
DOisDUMDUM

Why don't they make them anymore?


If GM could build anything that floats they might not be under water

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

A terrible little car, a horrible boat. But cute.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

thought that was Schutze driving down Trinity Parkway.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@P1Gunter

Pretty sure that is illegal to take in the lake.

Yeah, but the cops can't do anything, they don't have amphibious cars.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@P1Gunter  well get a protest going, gather the neighbors and go ruin their fun

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@gangstead1

On-off road bikes.

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