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DAF / Bakker AmphiRol

DAF / Bakker - second proto
DAF Amphiroll (1960) NOT build by DAF.

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It was build by a private individual (Jo de Bakker) as a hobby.
One of the interesting possibility's is the ability to move side ways with high speed.
And to be able to steer in the desired direction when moving side ways.

The first attempt was with 2 DAF engines with 2 DAF variomatic transmissions.

The 2 DAF engines where later replaced with 2 NSU rotary engines. (more HP)
At the same time the sides where closed. (second photo)

See also the Chrysler Marsh Screw Amphibian (1964)

DAF DAF (1939)

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Traction DAF MC-139.

Engine: Citroen TA.

Just before WWII DAF developed a special vehicle, an amphibious four wheel drive with 4 wheel steering.

Daf Porter DAF PORTER (1964)

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Type 500 YE

You can find this vehicle in the DAF museum in Eindhoven Holland

Daimler Benz prototype 4x4 (1967)

Daimler Benz prototype 6x6 (1967)
Daimler Benz prototypes (1967)

Engine: 200/230 hp V8 water cooled
Length: 7100 width: 2500 height: xx
load: 4000 kg
Crew: 3

Engine: 300 hp V8/V10 water cooled multi fuel
Length: 8400 width: 2500 height: ?
Load: 7000 kg
Crew: 3

All diffs have a locker.
Type of water propulsion is unknown.
One 4x4 and one 6x6 was build. ?
Darpa experimental

Darpa experimental

Darpa experimental

DARPA CAAT Experimental (2012) 1/3 scale version

CAAT = Captive Air Amphibious Transporter

A few differed versions on the photos.
There was also a 1/5 scale model, bottom 2 photos

Length: width: xx height: xx
load: kg
Crew: 1

The tank like treads can separate into flat panels to push on the water like a paddle boat.
The panels are either inflated with air or filled with a lightweight foam.

I'm still working on this one any info is very welcome.

Brought to my attention by Claude from France.



DARPA UHAC 1/2 scale version

Brought to my attention by Claude from France.

The full-size version the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connecter (UHAC)
will be capable of a:

Load 180.000 kg
Speed land: ?? water: 37 km/h

and she can driving up on to the shore and over the top of obstructions up to 3.000 mm

DAT see Dutch Amphibious Transport Vehicles
Dauphin "ANN PHIBI" (1960) land

Dauphin "ANN PHIBI" (1960) water

Dauphin "ANN PHIBI" (1960) nozel water jet
Dauphin "ANN PHIBI" (1960)

This is an amphibious motor-home (camper).
It had al the luxury of it's time and more. :-)

The road front is the poop (deck) on the water.
(it goes back wards in the water)

Engine land: 300 hp bus Chrysler mounted at the rear
Gearbox: automatic rear wheel drive
Speed land 95 km/h water 8 kn
Length: 11220 width: 2650
Weight: 5000 kg

Engine water: 60 hp marine mounted at the front
The water nozzle is less than 100 mm below the hull and can rotate 360.
With the wheels retracted she floats in only 150 mm water

Al Dauphin build her in 4 years time on the flat roof of his house and when finished a crane lifted her to the street.
She is build from plywood and fiberglass with a steel chassis build from tubes.
inside there are 4 beds, a galley an a bathroom with a shower.
At the rear there is a winch to get up a steep slope.

In Popular Science - March 1960 there is a large article about

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defi beach buggy
Defi Beach Buggy (2011)

It is a kit-car build on the chassis of a VW beetle.

The assembly of the basic kit needs 60 hours plus 40 hours on the interior.
Above that you need to mount a watertight bottom and bellows for the axles e.t.c

The kit can be bought in 3 stages:
 1 the hull
 2 the interior
 3 the watertight parts

Engine: various VW and Porsche
Gearbox: various VW and Porsche
Length: 3640 mm Wide: 1900 mm Height: 1050 mm
Body: polyester
Water propulsion: rear wheels

defi beach buggy
No picture Diamond mining see Alvis Stalwart
The Dobbertin Surface Orbiter

The Dobbertin Surface Orbiter

The Dobbertin Surface Orbiter

The Dobbertin Surface Orbiter

The Dobbertin Surface Orbiter
Dobbertin Surface Orbiter (1993)

There was the American couple who built an amphibious vehicle out of a 1950 stainless steel milk truck tank! The Panamanians called it "The Shrimp", since the front was made into a long point.

They drove the vehicle to Key West from up state New York, then island hopped to Venezuela, navigated through the Panama Canal to Panama City, and were laid over in the local yacht club. After a couple of weeks of servicing several systems that had become corroded from the ocean, they set off again to drive through Central America to Southern California.

Starting in December 1993 they crossed 28 countries and 38 states before lack of money stopped them.
The Scrimp travelled 53 000 km over land and 5000 over the water.
It was in 1995 the second amphibious vehicle to use the Panama Canal full length.
In 1955 La Tortuga sailed part of the Canal.
In 1960 the family Hamilton sailed the Canal from end to end with a DUCW.

The entire RV/boat was make of stainless steel, but it was so cramped inside that you can not stand up. You literally had to crawl from the driver's seat over the engine to the small galley that contained a propane camp stove and tiny refrigerator.

Engine: V8 Turbo diesel 6500 cc 250 hp
Gearbox: 4 speed automatic with overdrive
Transfer-box 4 wd high and low
Speed land: 115 km/h water: 15 km/h
Length: 10 750 width: 2500 height: 3500 mm
Weight 9000 kg al in
Fuel: 1287 lit
Water propulsion: 22" propeller

The Surface Orbiter was sold in 2004 to Chicago antique car collector Chuck Parsons.
Parsons and Jack Bowser were still rebuilding the Surface Orbiter in 2011
They also intending to pursue a global circumnavigation attempt.
Bowser thought that he would be the first to do so!
(perhaps because Half-Safe was occasionally towed or craned).

There is an inactive Twitter page
The website once had a little info but is empty now.

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Dobbertin Hydrocar 2002 up to 2010

This four-wheel-steering prototype has had her bottom wet.

The first photo is without the side pontoons.
the third photo is without wheel wells and pontoons.

Engine: Merlin hardcore all aluminum 750 hp 572 Chevy
Gearbox: Quadzilla 4L80E Transfer-box: Atlas
  1-  Front wheels only for the road.
  2-  Prop only for the water.
  3-  Front wheels and prop for launches and landings.

An aluminium Dana 60 front drive axle with a Tractech locker.

Automatic water preparation:
The side-mounted pontoons drop several inches into the water, so the central hull is higher on the water. On board pneumatic systems raise the winged rear deck/engine cover and they close the wheel compartments to minimize drag.

The propeller is a special hyspeed prop that has not much problems with cavitation.
Doliner Doliner Go-Devil

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One of those funny things with powerful technical potential, it is called the Doliner Go-Devil. All wheels driven by chains that run in cases. Those cases can be turned 360 degrees. For water purpose its got a propeller in the back (where ever the back is). No further technical data is available. But if any info is send in it will be highly appreciated.

Picture and info was send in by Rene Pohl the author of the book
"Mit dem Auto baden gehen", ISBN 3893657029 but soled out.

Doroteamkanika dredger Dorotea

This firm is on the Swedish market since 1992, in Finland since 1995 and doing export from 1998.

The link was send in by Torbj\F6rn Hahlin



This Amphib was created by K.Kolobow from Nowosibirsk.
The engine and the gear-box belong to GAS-24, the famous Russian car.

Can't tell you what it famous for. ;-)

The vehicle has a driving gear that can be used for caterpillar tracks as well for the normal wheels.

The weighs is 2 tons and it can pull a trailer weighing 1,6 tons. It uses 18 litres every 100 km.
The "Dragon" has 80000 km under it wheels/tracks.

With the caterpillar tracks it's top speed is 45 km/h; On the highway with normal wheels it top speed is 100 km/h.

Photo and Information send in by Konstantin from Russia.

Drake XM -157 (1956)

Drake XM -157 (1956)

Drake XM -157 (1956)

Drake XM-157 1956

Drake XM-157 1956

Official US Army photo's

Drake XM-157 1956

Photo Bob Rose

Drake XM -157 (1956) prototype

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This was an 8 ton 8 wheel amphibious truck with a welded aluminium hull.

Engine: 2 GMC 302 55 (Husky) 155 hp each
Gearboxes: two x Alison CTP 4 powermatic 12 forward and a torque converter on each engine
Transfer-boxes: two x 2 speed
Tyres: 14.75 X 20 the pressure can be adjusted on the move.

The Drake has 8 gear leavers the 4 long ones are for land and water
the 4 short ones control the bilge pumps and the winch.

The right engine drives on hard surface forth axle.
The left engine drives on hard surface the third axle.

The right engine drives on soft ground the second and forth axle.
The left engine drives on soft ground the first and third axle.

For light highway use only 1 engine is used.

Length: 13 860 width: 3300 height: 3250 mm
Speed land: 72 water: 14 km/h
In the water each engine drives a propeller that ascends and descends by two air lift cylinders.

Suspension: air bags and the wheels retract in the water.
Axles: portal with 300 mm drop

Weight: 17 000 load: 8000 kg
Fuel: 636 litre in 4 tanks of 159 litre
Range: 700 km

It was made by GMC Truck and Coach

It was the successor to be for the DUKW, but only a (hand full ?) of prototypes where build. No Drake is known to survive.


This is a one off a kind item.

Originally built for Department of Forestry to clean Salmon spawning beds around 1960.

It was completely rebuild in 1983 and used for a year on domestic holding ponds.

There are 2 Buick V6 motors and 2 huge pumps.
There are 4 hydraulic winches.
There many water hook ups.

This will travel on land and water.

It is mostly made out off aluminium.

Dukw diagram

Official US Army picture

Dukw trailer

Official US Army picture

DUKW (1942)

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The DUKW is a large six wheel drive (6x6) amphibious landing craft.
The arm, tube and rotating seal on the wheel hub carry air to the tyre and allow the driver to vary the tyre pressure on the move. The dashboard has a dial indicating the correct tyre pressure for sand, coral and mud.

The DUKW was designed by Rod Stephens Jr. of Sparkman Stephens Inc. yacht designers, Dennis Puleston, a British deep water sailor, and Frank W. Speir, an ROTC Lieutenant out of MIT.
It was initially rejected by the armed services. When a United States Coast Guard patrol craft ran aground on a sandbar near Provincetown, Massachusetts, an experimental DUKW was in the area for a demonstration. Winds up to 60 knots (110 km/h), rain, and heavy surf prevented conventional craft from rescuing the seven stranded Coast Guardsmen, but the DUKW succeeded.

The DUKW has a specially build amphibious trailer:

Engine: GMC 270 cubic 91 hp
Gearbox: a Clark un-synchronized five speed transmission.
Transfer-box: 2 speed
Water-drive: PTO on gearbox
Winch: PTO on gearbox

Land speed is 80 km/h mph on water 9,5 km/h.
Length: 9440 width: 2700 height: 2510 mm
Cargo space length: 3790 width: 1250 height: 690 mm

D stands for the year of introduction, 1942
U stands for utility truck
K stands for front-wheel drive
W stands for dual rear-wheel drive

XM-147 Super Dukw

Official US Army picture

XM-147 Super Dukw

XM-147 Super Dukw
Super DUKW XM-147 (1953) prototype

It had a metal hull and an all metal cab with sliding side windows and

Engine: GMC, 302 cid, 145 hp at 3600 rpm
WW2 M135/211 GMC automatic power train
Gearbox: GM Allison Division, Model CTP-5, Part # CEX10673, Torqmatic 3 forward, 1 reverse
Transfer-box: 2 speed

Speed land: 80 km/h water 10 km/h
Length: 10 560 width 2450 height: 3600 mm
Weight: 9000 kg load: 4000 kg
Tyres: 12.50 X 20 "sand type".
Propeller: 2 x five blade.

Cargo space length: 4550 width: 2200 height: 720 mm
The loading bay fits palletized cargo.

The Super DUKW had problems with breaks, steering and the engine cooling system.
The shape under water made that the water speed did not match the engine power.

The Super DUCK in the bottom photo is street legal, with historic tags and insurance.
It drives in the Chesapeake Bay area.

Top photo was send in by Bob Rose

Dunebuggy Dune-buggy (1995)

Des prix \E0 Mini-Baja.

All vehicles in the race use an identical engine and must conform to rigorous safety and design specifications. Team members credit the success of there 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, an electromagnetic clutch, and retractable floats which provided better clearance on the underside of the vehicle.
DATV model 010

DATV model 010

DATV model 010

DATV model 010

DATV model 010
Dutch Amphibious Transport Vehicles (DAT) in Nijmegen

Model 010 specifically designed for the rough waters in the Port of Rotterdam.
They are build in in Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Engine: Volvo DH12E 6 cylinder 12.1 litre 410 hp
Gearbox: ?
Differential: Automatic limited slip
Propulsion land: rear wheel drive
Propulsion water: 2 diesel-hydraulic Hamilton water-jets (HJ322)

Length: 13800 width: 2550 height: 3800 mm
Wheelbase: 6800 mm
Weight: 22000 kg load: (5000 kg ?)
Speed land: 100 km/h water: 15 km/h Draft: 1800 mm

Electric fly drive (fly by wire)
Body cage (roll over tested)
Watertight compartments
2 anchors in the bow (behind the bumper)
50 life jackets
5 emergency exits
Certification Class2 city bus
Dutch Marine Certification for Zone 2 waters

Capacity 43/48 passengers + driver & deckhand
Toilet Block: yes, but not on the Rotterdam Splashtours 1

Colour all RAL colours
Air-co system
Entertainment system
Panoramic roof-windows
Air suspension

DATV model 020

DATV model 020

DATV model 020

DATV model 020

DATV model 020
Dutch Amphibious Transport Vehicles/ Jong Scheepsservice (DAT)

Model 020 specifically designed for the canals of Amsterdam.
They are build in in Nijmegen in the Netherlands

Engine: Volvo (67 hp??)
Gearbox: ?
Differential: Automatic limited slip
Propulsion land: rear wheel drive
Propulsion water: Voith Air type ViP380 / 50 kW
Manoeuvring: bow-truster 10 kW + Stern-truster 7.5 kW
Batteries 198 Lithium ion
Length: 14020 width: 2550 height: 3220 mm
Wheelbase: 6800 mm
Weight: 21000 kg load: (5000 kg ?)
Speed land: 80 km/h water: 5 km/h
Water draft: 1800 mm water height: 1900 mm

Electric fly drive (fly by wire)
Body cage (roll over tested)
Watertight compartments
50 life jackets
5 emergency exits
Certification Class3 city bus
Dutch Marine Certification For Amsterdam canal aria

Capacity 48 passengers + driver & deckhand
Toilet Block: yes

Colour all RAL colours

Air-co system
Entertainment system
Panoramic roof-windows
Air suspension




Dutch Amphibious Transport Amphicruiser (2013)

She is an Amphibious Land Cruiser build from Toyota Landcruiser parts by DAT.
Dutton Mariner


Came into high water in 2008:
After he build an Amphib for family tours that was leak and unstable.

More info there --->>

Tim Dutton lost his appeal in February 2009

Tim was described in crown court by the “Right Honourable Judge Batty”
 as “dishonest and glib.”

Operated after 2004 under the name Amphijeep ltd.
Date of incorporation 2006. Dissolved and Struck off in 2009!

AMPHIBIOUS CARS LTD is in 2008 Liquidated.
This means that Tim Dutton has nine companies dissolved since 1994
and fourteen in total.

Under investigation it has been shown that for many of his companies he simply does not send in his completed accounts, meaning that Companies House move to strike that company off after a given period of time. Companies that have folded often owing people many thousands of pounds. He then incorporates a new company.

Up to now (2008) a total of 100 amphibious vehicles based on:
Ford Fiesta MK4
Suzuki Samurai
and the Suzuki Jimny
where build.

Tim has stated in court:
Most of his customers do not know what to do with there money!

Special FORD pagefor the Ford model.

Special SAMURAI pagefor the Samurai/Jimny model.

Special MY AMPHIB pageThe problems I have with MY AMPHIB a Commander S2

The front wheels and the water jet do the steering in water.
The water-jet unit of 44 kW (60 hp) gives water propulsion.
The Jet gets his power from a PTO.

Dutton Mariner kit Dutton amphibious kit car (Mariner?)
Ad a Suzuki and a hand full of other car parts
if you want to build it your self.
Better to do it your self !!

The body is looks the same as the Commander S2

Tim has threaten me with court (2006) because I costed him money!
I had written on this site that the KIT CAR was ALSO Jimny based but at the time
it was ONLY Samurai based.

After that threat he started selling kit cars for the Jimny :-)

The kit price includes;
the modification of the gearbox
and the rear drive shaft.

Dutton Surf

Dutton Surf light

Dutton Surf (2010)

The Dutton Surf is a completely new vehicle based exclusively on the Suzuki Jimny, the only parts in common with the earlier Commander are the windscreen and weather equipment.

And it looks nicer!

Taken from the new Dutton web site:
Part of the re-development was forced upon us due to the new IVA test,
in particular the requirement for 3 point rear seat belts and larger wheel arches the overriding  reason was that the Commander was originally based on the Suzuki Samurai, until now we have been using the 11 year old moulds and modifying each car to accept the later Jimny components,
a perfectly satisfactory solution but cost and time consuming
so it was time for a change.

So now the rear wheels do not rub against the hull any-more.
and the lights are up on year 2000 standard.

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