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Baja Baja (Amphibious racing) (1999)

Team members credit the success of their dune buggy to the lightweight but sturdy design, and a number of additional features including the power drive, two separate brake systems, a superior suspension system, retractable floats which provided better clearance to the underside of the vehicle.

Balrog 01

Balrog 02

Balrog 03
Balrog (2009)

In 1989 the first Balrog Amphibious vehicle emerged from the factory in Lodi, Wisconsin.

The Balrog is the original of the all aluminium uni body amphibious ATV.

Manufactured for the industrial challenges of seismic oil drilling, land surveying, utility construction, wildfire control and big game hunting/guiding.

It has a 100% hydrostatic drive system with tandem hydraulic pumps driven by a diesel engine, that give power to the eight hydraulic wheel motors.

These machines have been:

to the depths of the earth in large tunnel projects

to the Arctic Circle

to the jungles of Central/South America

to Europe

BARC (LARC 60)  proto e.t.c.

BARC (LARC 60)  proto e.t.c.

BARC (LARC 60)  proto e.t.c.

US army photo's
BARC (LARC 60) prototype (1952)

The first four prototypes where build by LeTourneau Inc.
1 survived in the U.S. Army Transportation Museum in Fort Eustis.

At first the BARC had the steering house at the front.
that makes sense driving on the road.

But there is a good reason most ships have the bridge at the rear.
With the bridge in the front the feeling for the ship is reduced.
When an Amphib approaches the beach it is best not to go side ways.

There for that was changed

In the night of 17 March 1953,
A BARC that was towed by an army tug from Monterey Bay to San Francisco Bay, to be tested there, sunk in 80 meters (240 ft) deep water. 3 crew man where killed.
Capt. Marshall W. Essling, Sgt. William R. Grajciar and Cpl. Mario Fontamella.


Go to sea on a rollercoster

US army photo's

The BARC's were build by the Treadwell Construction Co Midland, PA, Great lakes Engineering works of River Rouge Michigan and the Transval Electronic Corporation in the USA.

The designated was changed from BARC to LARC in 1960.
The LARCS first saw active service in 1967 when they were dispatched to Vietnam to support the 101st Airborne Division, and in 1968 the 1st Cavalry Division

Special page BARC in it`s RUSTING places

Special page BARC in Vietnam

Special page BARC in China

Special page Technical information

Special page Maintenance detachment at Wunder beach.

Special page Historical information

It is 6250 mm high and has 4 diesel engines, each engine drives one of 4 wheels, 2 engines in tandem drive one of two propellers. A wheel is 3000 mm high and all 4 wheels can steer.

Strange Rumor is:
That of the 968 that where built, an estimated 600-plus where deliberately sunk in Vietnam.
Was there ever a BARC (LARC 60) with a number above 60?

The total number was 55 BARCs plus the 4 prototypes.

The last amphibious company in the U.S. Army,
the 309th Transportation (LARC LX) Company,
11th Transportation Battalion, was deactivated on 15 October 2001.
No photo BARV see Centurion
Bartett Waterlander

Bartett Waterlander

Bartett Waterlander
Bartett Waterlander (1974)

This is an amphibious camper build by Allen Bartlett

The front wheels are driven

Engine: petrol V8 191 hp in the rear.
Gearbox: 3 speed automatic.

Disk brakes on all 4 wheels.
Wheels retract hydraulic in the water.

Length: 9900 mm
Weight: 6125 kg
Speed land: 100 km/h water: 25 km/h

4 beds, a bath room, kitchen, air-co, refrigerator on 12 and 110 volts
2 bilge-pumps and 1 bilge-blower.

Marine hydraulic transmission to a Dana 90 stern drive that tilts automatic up when on land.




Batignolles-Chatillon DP 2 (1935 - 1936)

Engine: 12-cylinder 225 hp
Gearbox: mechanical transmission.

Speed: 35-40 km/h Water: 6-6.5 km/h
40 km/h with so little suspension ???
6   km/h with tracks only ???

Crew: 2 = driver+ gunner/commander

They where using some shipbuilding techniques:
She was build from riveted sheets up to 15 mm thick she had a box-like shape with a characteristic pointed front. It was assumed that such a "ship's prow" performs good while travelling on water.

The circles in the photo indicate the water line.

After an incident where the engine was flooded it came to mind that the rived hull was not water tight.

In April 1937, it was decided to stop all work.
The only prototype was kept for some time at the factory, but was later scrapped.
Batignolles-Chatillon VB 80
Batignolles-Chatillon VB 80  (1965 1966 ???)

The French Air Force was asking for a light weight version of the VB 100 the VB-80,
Only four prototypes where ever build by the new company name "Creusot-Loire"

Weight road ready: 1500 kg
Speed land: 80 km/h water: 7.5 km/h

In the photo a VB 80 ?? at Saumur Tank Museum.
Batignolles-Chatillon VB 100 ) prototype prototype

Batignolles-Chatillon VB-100 VB-100

Batignolles-Chatillon VB 100 Bison 4x4 amphibious (1955)

prototype design by Victor Bouffort

Batignolles-Chatillon VB 100-1

Batignolles-Chatillon VB 100-1
Batignolles-Chatillon VB 100-1 (1961)

In 1961-63. the first version of the VB-100-1 was build.
It had a monocoque body and independent suspension on all wheels.

Engine: Chabay Boxer 4-cylinder air-cooled 90 hp
Length: 3700 mm height: 1800 mm wheelbase: 2330 mm
Weight empty 1500 kg load: 1000 kg
Speed land: 90 km/h water:  7.5 km/h
Fuel : 2 tanks total 100 litre

5 VB 100-1, were built in 1968 and the project was abandoned in 1975.

Batignolles-Chatillon VB 100-2

Batignolles-Chatillon VB 120 = NOT amphibious
Jacob Baulig Land-Wasser-Auto (1934)
Baulig "Land-Wasser-Auto" (1934)

Jakob Baulig Started with a Hanomag 2/10 Kommissbrot
Engine: 2 cylinder 10 hp

Jakob Baulig crossed the English channel with the "Land-Wasser-Auto" in 1935 in 8 hour and 20 minutes.
An American offered him $ 50 000 + 10 % of the profit of a series production vehicle. Jakob declined.
He did returned to Germany as a very happy man.

His happiness did not last long,

The German government (NSDAP) wanted to take over his invention for 5000 ReichsMark.
Jakob did not liked that one bit and he sunk his car in the Habour of Koblenz.
That action was in turn not appreciated by the Gestapo.
He was told to report at the police station on a regular basis.

An unconfirmed rumour is:
After WWII the car was found and then restored.
It was seen in 1993 in the Mainz - Wiesbaden area ?????


BAW BJ 5022 HZHE (2007)

Beijing Automobile Works Co.,Ltd (1958)

The BJ 5022 HZHE is an amphibious SUV that is just as much at home in the water as on land.

This diesel powered,
Water drive by a propeller.


No photo BAW see ZIL/ZiS
BAZ 937 prototype

BAZ 937 prototype
BAZ 937 prototype (later 5937 "Basic") (1967)

It also looks like this is the grandmother of the ZIL Blue-Bird
BAZ 5922

5921 rocket launcher

5922 rocket transporter

5922 swimming

59222 rescue

59222 rescue
BAZ 5921 5922 (1984)

Special page

I think this model was still in production in 2002, it's the newer version of the BAZ 5937 5939.

Engine: six-cylinder diesel 5D20K-300 from the Barnaul factory 300 hp.
Length: 9485 width: 2782 height: 2350 mm
Height under the bottom: 400 mm
Weight 11 500 kg
Speed land: 60 water: 8 to 10 km/h
2 seats in the front

All wheels have independent torsion suspension.
The rear wheels steer in opposite direction.
Axel have an airline to the Tyre this allows the driver to vary the tire pressure on the move.

BAZ-5921 = 9P129    launchers chassis

BAZ-5922 = 9T218    2 missile transport chassis

BAZ 59222 = a modified BAZ-5922 modified that has a Cargo Bay for the rescue services.

Basic info.

The SS-21 SCARAB (9K79 Tochka) single-stage, short-range, tactical-ballistic missile is transported and fired from the 9P129 6x6 wheeled transporter erector launcher.
It is supported by a tactical transloader (9T218) and/or a 9T238 missile transporter trailer towed by a ZIL-131 truck.
The 9P129 TEL crew compartment is in the forward section and the missile compartment behind.
During transport the missile is enclosed with the warhead in a temperature-controlled casing.
BAZ-5937-5939 BAZ-5937 5939 (1960)

Special page

Older version of the BAZ 5922.
The differences between the 5921 and the 5937 models are the "nose" and the windows.
The 5921/5922 has 3 windows and the 5937 5939 has 2 windows

Picture send in by Elmer from Poland

baz 5937 B

baz 5937 B

baz 5937 B
BAZ 5937 swimming mobile bridge

Wrong number that is for sure.

I need INPUT!!!!

BAZ-5947 (1971)

The BAZ-5947 is a shortened version of the main machine, BAZ-6944

Load: 7000 kg

BAZ-6944 (1972)

She was in use from 1976 until 1985.

It is an offspring of the MAZ-543 (1960) that all ready had hydro mechanical transmission, semi-automatic gear shifting, torsion-bar suspension and a fully differential drive train.

It is an eight wheel drive and she is fully amphibious.

The models, 9P71, 9T230 and some others carry one missile

(Scud, SS-23 and e.t.c.) and a command/control panel.
The cabin fits a crew of four

Engine: V-shaped 8-cylinder diesel UTD-25 400 hp
Gearbox: torque converter  Automatic-hydraulic 5 gears????
Transfer-box: 2 gears with inter-side stowing differential.
Drive line: diff locks on all 4 axles

Curb weight: 17000 Load: 12000 kg
Length: 11800 mm Width: 3130 mm Height: 3000 mm
Fuel consumption,   60 litre - 100 km
Range:  1000 km

Suspension: independent, torsion bar, wishbone.
First and second axle steers and has power steering
central control of air pressure on all 8 tires
Water propulsion: two independent water jets.

BAZ 6944 9T230 BAZ-6944 model 9T230

Russian rocket launcher with a walk rail on the side

Picture and information send in by Elmer from Poland.

baz 59441
BAZ-69441 (1987)

Engine: 2 x KamAZ-740 420 hp diesel
Load: 13000 kg
Drive: 10x10

Monocoque body

BAZ-69481 (8x8), intended for the new rocket "Oka-U".

In 1988 , she was withdrawn from militarily service in accordance with the new political views.
The missiles, were sent for recycling. (Very green for that time :-))
Bazooo Bazooo

You can find more about this machine in the museum of ROUTE6x6.

Picture used with permission from ROUTE6x6.

Beaver Beaver (1967)

The Beaver has a fibreglass body, slightly longer and wider than the Penguin.

They used a a 197 cc or 173 cc Villiers engine like the Penguin, The drive chain layout, brake system and rear axle assembly are almost identical to the Penguin, most of the parts are interchangeable.

Berky 01

Berky 02
Berky (2010)

Anton Berkenheger GmbH Co. KG

Makes tracked Amphibs for dredging and e.t.c.
They also make 6x6 and 8x8 amphibs

The firm is over 40 years old

Beijing Beijing Boatcar BY5020TSL (1999)

Special page

This is a product made in China and the vehicle is built on the chassis of the Beijing 2020S Jeep.
They claim that the BY5020TSL Amphibious Vehicle is simple in structure, easy to drive, convenient to operate, excellent in functions. Its highest speed is 105 km/h on land and 12 km/h on water. It has a gasoline (petrol) engine. A diesel version was planed.

Beijing Isuzu pickup Beijing Boatcar Isuzu Pick-up (2003)

Special page

Known is that they have in production a 4 wheel drive amphibious Isuzu (JMC) Pick-up.

It is the same model that is known in Europa as the FTR pick-up

Top Speed on Land 110 km/h and on Water 12 km/h
For more info see the special page.

For more info send an E-mail to Luo Guangyu at

Above information was send in by Sally Guger.

Platypus Beijing Boatcar Platypus (2003)

Special page

This Amphib is happy Amphibing around Australia.

It is based on the Beijing (Wildwind) chassis with a re-designed stainless steel hull.

Engine: Isuzu 2.8 litre turbo diesel (4JB1)
Gearbox: (MSG-5E), five speed + reverse
Transfer-box: high and low

Jeep Cherokee disc brakes all round. The hull is a new solid side with gull wing doors in the roof for rough water usage.
Off road testing has been very successful with the vehicle outperforming many new production 4x4's. The water speed is 10.3 km/h via PTO prop drive with five speed + reverse.

It is NOT for sale any more.

Info send in by Boyd Wyatt, importer for Australia.



Beijing EQ2102 (2009)

It is based on the 6x6 Dong Feng EQ2102

Length: 10 000 Width: 2600 height: 3200 mm
Curb Mass 8360 kg
Load: ???
Wheel base: 4750 mm / 1250 mm

Water drive by a large propeller.

The Eq2102 is a Soviet ZIL 157 clone.

Engine: Dongfeng-made Cummins 6BT5.9 six-cylinder in line, 5.88 litre, liquid-cooled, turbo-charged, direct injection, 160 hp diesel

Gearbox: five forward speeds and one reverse.
Transfer-box: electrically controlled 2-speed.
Speed land: 90 km/h.

The 100 km fuel consumption is 26.5 litre.
Bellco (1975)

Bellco supplied 44 amphibious 6-wheel drive vehicles to the Fujikyu Nihon Land.
B/erliet Berliet VXB-170 (1973)

Designed for French Gendarme in 1968 as prototype called "BL-12"

155 prototypes were made.
Production started in 1973.
This vehicle is probably still in production and the number of produced vehicles runs in the thousands.

Manufacturer: Societe des Automobiles Berliet, Bourge, France

Crew: 1 + 11
Length: 5990 Width: 2500 height: 2050 mm
Ground Clearance: 450 mm
Wheelbase: 3000 mm weight: 9,800 kg
Engine: Berliet V800 M V-8 diesel, 170 hp at 3,000 rpm
Speed land: 85 water: 4 km/h
Maximum Range: 750 km Fuel Capacity: 220 L

Info and picture send in by Elmer from Poland.

Bertone Suzuki Go

Bertone Suzuki Go
Bertone Suzuki Go (1972)

Engine: 750cc 3-cylinder motorcycle water cooled mounted on left side
Gearbox: 5 speeds forward plus 5 for reverse
The original chain drive goes to a forward and reverse gearbox

Behind the passenger (right side) was the radiator mounted even as a box for luggage.
Hull: Plastic bodywork

No doors or windscreen
The rear could fold down as a ramp to load and unload toys.

Water propulsion: optional outboard

With all the holes in front and side it can double as a submarine.
But only one time. :-)

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