• Jun 1, 2006

At some point during our formative years, we were afforded the chance to take a ride in a mid-1960's Amphicar, the German automotive equivalent of a platypus-- neither fish nor fowl. The little cruiser was in truth never made for a particularly good car or boat, but that didn't stop nearly 4,000 of the tailfinned buggers from finding homes... it certainly didn't keep owners from having a ball in theirs, if a little slowly.

More recently, the Miata-aping Gibbs Aquada has made waves as a better car/boat compromise, but at an absurdly high price. For those looking for something in an under triple-digit amphibious car, UK firm Dutton has quietly been making examples for more than a decade, most of them based on the ancient Suzuki Samurai.

But now Dutton has gone and upgraded, creating their new Commander S2 out of Jimny bits, including its 1.3-liter four-cylinder, a modified transfer case, and dashboard, among other things. Of course, all of the little offroader's parts have been lashed to GRP hull in order to facilitate water landings. Interestingly, the firm maintains that none of the 'Zuki's off-road prowess has been sacrificed (and those buggers have always been able to climb deceptively well). Given its exceedingly modest top nautical clip of 6 mph, it could easily be argued that Dutton's latest remains more accomplished on land than on water.

Still, it's hard not to be fascinated or amused by these types of propositions, even when they aren't terribly well resolved or are prohibitively expensive. About that: the Commander S2 starts at just under £30k (roughly $56,000 USD), and for that, owners get a basic model without any protection from the elements. Fortunately, an excellent SMG rating (smiles-per-gallon) come standard.

Click on the link for official company website.

[Sources: Dutton; AutoExpress]



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      Kevin Hall
      • 8 Years Ago
      Try the Argo, a 4,6, or 8 wheel ATV that is good on Land and sea... Argo's are miniature versions of the Ducks, the WWII amphibus vehicle that the Wisconsin Dells made famous!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Didn't someone come out with a floating RV/ rolling houseboat last year. If you have the spare money it would be a fun novelty, but I think it will be like the hummer, a small line in automotive history.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The boys on Top Gear tried to make their own amphibious car. Watch the 10 min clip here:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbdKM9Hc6vE
      • 8 Years Ago
      my best friends owns a amphicar and when we do take it out on the lake in michigan every summer, boats always come up to us and ask, are you ready for this ??? they always ask hey does that thing float ???
      I always throw my arms in the air and scream no were sinking please help us...... doh
      Harvey Mushman
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you really want to see an inexpensive amphibious car, do a google search for amphigeo. I talked with the man and then bought is book and video. He inspired me to buy a Samauri that is being converted to true dual purpose.
      John
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for the link Corey. That was hilarious.
      Ellen
      • 8 Years Ago
      Once again adding new meaning to the phrase, "That car is such a BOAT!!"--Ellen.