Welcome to the Apocalypse, Now Is the Time to Pick Up an Amphibious Car

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If you’re picking up big end of the world vibes right now, you’re not the only one. From out-of-control fires to a worldwide pandemic, record-breaking hurricanes, economic woe and more, it all just seems like too much.


Friends, you need to be prepared. I’m not just talking about keeping stool softeners on hand for when you inevitably break into the MREs, either. You need a vehicle capable of traversing both land and sea. When Earth hurtles into nuclear winter from a baby shower mishap or whatever, you’ll be the smart one in the amphibious car.


1964 Amphicar 770, ready for action.


Luckily for us, this appears to be the week to pick one up, with two of the most interesting models ever made up for sale.


Road & Track found not one, but two Amphicar 770s for sale. Only 4,000 Amphicars were ever made, so it’s relatively rare to find one. They’re cute convertibles that just happen to go in the water, so people always viewed them as a bit of a novelty.


Yet that same novelty makes them the ideal cars for if-and-when some category-5 Hurricane Zzyzx finally returns your hometown to the Gulf. These were a favorite of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who sometimes liked to scare guests at his ranch by feigning a brake failure as he barreled into a lake, according to Business Insider.


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The 1964 Amphicar 770’s two propellers and high-up exhaust tip you off that something’s wacky with this car.


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Up for sale on eBay is a 1964 Amphicar 770 with just 1,981 miles. The current owners say that they never drove it in water and that you’ll need to test the seaworthiness out on your own, but it looks to be in fine shape. You’ll have to visit the listing itself to appreciate all of the listing’s numerous nautical puns, but as of this writing, it sits at $12,100 with a reserve unmet. Look, it’s a small price to pay for having the coolest ride in Waterworld.


1967 Amphicar 700
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If you’d rather not risk it because at this rate, someone devising a giant laser beam to melt the polar ice caps would fit right in with this year, there’s also this fully restored 1967 Amphicar 770, also up on eBay. It has only 1,787 miles on the odometer and comes complete with life jackets and oars just in case, but those key extras come at a premium. The owner’s buy-it-now price is $79,900.


Perhaps you also want to be prepared for any surprise asteroids that wipe out most of humanity and leave Earth a crater-pocked doomscape. Why not be prepared for both horrifying scenarios with this rugged 1944 Volkswagen Type 166 Schwimmwagen up for sale on Bring a Trailer?


1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen
The Schwimmwagen, like the beloved Beetle and Thing, is an aircooled Volkswagen with roots in the wrong side of history. However, it’s one of the most interesting aircooleds ever made, as it’s an amphibious military vehicle that’s also ready to off-road. Like the Thing, it was based on ano…
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