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Vfabo 748 8x8V
Fabo 748 8x8 (1973)

2 prototypes where build.

Engine: 1300 cm3 42 hp Renault
Gearbox: Hydrostatic transmission

Weight: 1500 kg Load 950

It was presented at Genova Motor Show in 1974.

Due to some technical transmission problems,
the project, started in early 1973 and headed by Mr Rödiger and Peter Larice was cancelled in October 1974.

Fast Track Fast Track Amphibian 2007
This one is using ONLY her tracks for propulsion on both water and land.
The 135 HP demonstrator can achieve 65 km/h on water and 88 km/h on land The final version will have 300 plus horsepower for speeds of 100 km/h on water and 130 km/h on land.
But the web site is dead so I think it is game over (2014)
Send in By Alex.
Japanese Swamp Crossing Vehicle (FB)

Japanese Swamp Crossing Vehicle (FB)
FB (194x)

Japanese Swamp Crossing Vehicle (FB)

Engine: 100 hp
Length: 6500 width: 2800 height: 2600 mm
Speed land: 30 mud: 14.6 water: 8.5 km/h
Crew: 7 ?

The bags on the tracks are "water" filled for silent running on land.

See also: SA Japanese Swamp Crossing Vehicle
No picture
Fiat 6640 see Lancia
Ferret Mark 1 - 2

Ferret Mark 1 - 2

Ferret Mark 1 - 2

Ferret Mark 1 - 2
Ferret Mark 1 and 2 (1950)

Both the MKI and MKII were capable of being transported by air and there are also some amphibious versions.

They wanted reel amphibious qualities and the high wading was not good enough. (photo 2)

The banana boot from 1957 (photo 3) is a thing somebody can easily punch a hole in, these days even from over 3 km distance.

In 1958 a Ferret got a foam filled glass-fibber outer hull (photo 4)
but it never came to production.

About 6 Mark 1 Ferret got a collapsible flotation screen like the Ferret Mark 4 / Fox.

Engine: Rolls Royce B60 4258 cc, 6 cylinder 116/129 hp
Gearbox 5 forward 5 reverse
Speed: 93 km per hour
Length: 3840 width:1910 height: 1450 mm
Weight: 4220 kg
Crew: 2/3

Over 4400 non amphibious Ferrets where build in various forms.

Ferret Mark 4 - fox

Ferret Mark 4 - fox

Ferret Mark 4 - fox
Ferret Mark 4 (1970)

From the start the Mark 4 was required to be amphibious.

It is a little wider, longer, bigger wheels and bigger breaks.
Bigger means there is more air inside but not enough to float.

An old trick from 1945 was used to make it amphibious
It is a Ferret/Fox with a skirt.

Engine: Rolls Royce B60 4258cc, 6 cylinder
Speed: 80 km per hour
Weight: 4730 kg
Length: 3960 width:2130 height: 2030 mm
Crew: 2
Range: 300 km

Engine: Jaguar XK 195 hp
Speed 100 km/h
Weight: 5200 kg
Length: 4170 width: 2130 height: 2250 mm
Crew: 3
Range 330 km
Few P2S

Few P2S
Few P2S (1956)

It was an Amphibious modification from the basis of a Kübelwagen P2M

It was build in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz) (DDR)

Engine: 6 cylinder petrol 65 hp (OM6-35 2407 cc ohv)
by Horch-Werkes in Zwickau.
Gearbox: 4 front 1 rear
Transfer-box: 2 speed
Differential lock in front and rear axle
Hydraulic breaks - independent torsion suspension

Water drive by a propeller with a reversing gear coupling.

Speed land: 95 km/h water: 9 km/h
Length: 5100 width: 1835 height: 1860 mm
Weight: 1970 kg

The air to cool the engine came from the passenger compartment and was blow out again in front of the window. It was possible to crank the engine from the passenger side if the battery was dead.

17 where build and in use up to 1962.
Al the 17 Amphibs where then destroyed.
Up to now (2010) not ONE is known to exist.
With the exception of a copy build after 2000.

I'm sure that has something to do with military intelligence.
I'm not sure in what way. ;-)

Fiat 126 Fiat 126

With some modifications on the chassis and body, that makes it amphibious?
I have no informations about the owner and the technical details.

This picture was send in by Elmer75 from Poland

Fiat homemade proto (1975)

Fiat homemade proto (1975)

Fiat homemade proto (1975)
Fiat home made prototype (1975)

Engine: 4 cylinder 900 cc
Gearbox: 4 speed
Water-jet: Berkley jet
PTO of the crank of the engine by a clutch mechanism
In the water the wheels partially retract into the body

The hull is made from aluminium over a steel chassis.

The vehicle was for sale on Ebay.

Fiat Panda 2006 see ZAM S.A.S
Flamingo Flamingo (2012)

Yamaha golf cart
Pontoon paddle boat
Electric peaceful trolling motor

Info is from Ryan H.
Fletcher Flair

Fletcher Flair

Fletcher Flair
Fletcher Flair (1950)

Build by Fletcher Aviation between 1950 and 1955

Engine: air-cooled Porsche 356 4-cylinder 
Gearbox: Porsche + a sort of PTO to drive the front wheels

Weight: 725 kg load: (400 ?? or 800 ??) kg
Seats: 4
Water propulsion: home made water-jet
This contraption did not functioned well, most references to the Flair tell:
  it is the wheels that propelled it in the water.

Speed Land: 105 km/h water: < 3 km/h

The US Army did not buy the 4x4 Flair

The all aluminium hull was the chassis (constructed air craft style)

Before the 4x4 they build a 6 seats Amphib that one only had rear wheel drive.( lost in time?)
Folio Folio HU 010.01 (1991/1992)

Engine: Volvo Penta, 6 cill, 150 KW
Gearbox: Hydraulic motors 4 WD
Length: 10500 width: 3500 height; 1500 / 1750
Wheelbases: 5700 mm Width 3000 mm
Weight: 19000 load: 8000 kg
Speed land: 30 km/h
Pull power: 20 ton
Turning circle: 18 000 mm (outside)

The steering is articulated and the load is distributed over 2 dump bays with hydraulic controls. For water propulsion it has 2 rudder propellers, power 50 kw each.

It has in height adjustable / retractable wheels.
Central control in open (self empty ?) cockpit.

Food Machinery LVH-X2 a Hydrofoil prototype Food Machinery Corporation FMC (1963)

Made the LVH-X2 a Hydrofoil prototype for the Marines.

There are two types of hydrofoils:
1- Fully submerged hydrofoils
2- Surface-piercing foils (sliding partly on top of the water)

This vehicle had the surface foils that need no extra controls.

Engine: Solar T1000-S27 Turbine 1040 hp
Gearbox: 6 seed Allison TX 365-2
Speed land: 65 water: 60 km/h
Length: 12 540 mm
Load: 5000 kg
2 or 4 wheel drive mechanically driven
Suspension: a combination of air and hydraulics
2 or 4 wheel steering

A large side door hinges downward for easy access and the wheels can also be retracted on land to make the loading even more easy.

Only 1 prototype was ever build.

Much info came from George.


Official US army photo

Ford XM-434e2 (1957 1960) Prototype

Amphibious vehicle with a water tight engine bay and a water tight loading bay.

It needs a sort of (canvas) snorkel over the radiator intake to swim.
See photo with GMC XM453

Engine : 4 stroke V 8 diesel 195 HP
Gearbox: 6 forward and 1 reverse
Speed land: 80 km/h water: 2 Km/h
Payload: 3500 kg
The wheels give water propulsion.

Cab and body are made of aluminium to save weight Shoe brakes are outside the hull but made water tight.
Only the rear of the loading bay can open.

Not needed after the helicopter came into service.

See also GMC and REO XM-434

Official US army photo

Ford XM-453e2 (1960) Prototype

5 ton brother of the XM434

Engine: continental LSD-465-2 multi-fuel supercharged 210 hp
Gearbox 6 speed automatic
Transfer-box 1 speed

From this prototype the M656 was developed

See also GMC and REO XM453
Ford M656 (1964)

Ford M656 (1964)

Ford M656 (1964)

Ford M656 (1964)
Ford M656 (1964)

8X8, cargo truck, 5 ton, 8 wheel drive,4 wheel steer.

Engine: Detroit diesel 6V53 300 hp ?
Engine: Continental LDS-465-2 multi-fuel supercharged 210 hp ?
Gearbox: Allison 5 OR 6 speed automatic ?
Transfer-box: 2 speed air shifted

Length: 7600 with winch: 8100 width: 2400
Speed land: 80 water: 2.5 km/h
Water propulsion: tyres
Tyres: 16 x 20
Fuel: 355 litre
Range 500 km

It needs a swimming kit to be amphibious
It has 4 bilge pumps
When it swims the engine is in the water
The engine is placed high in the cab, the driver and crew need hearing protection.
The drop-sides have aluminium folding troop seats.

Last 3 photo's are made by Stuart Robinson (Stalwart)
used with permission.
Ford/AAI  (1972)

Ford/AAI  (1972)

Official US army photo

Ford/AAI  (Barr Car) (1972 ?)

Armoured Reconnaissance Scout Vehicle Prototype only
It was developed by Aircraft Armaments Inc and Ford in the 1960s for the US Army's Armored Scout Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARSV) program.
Engine: ford?

It had an early run flat device on the inside of the tyres.
Even one Archimedian screws (Amphiroll) on the bottom of the hull to help the vehicle move in the mud and propel it in the water.

One is the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles (not on display)
One on the photo in the scrapyard
Rumor: one somewhere in South Carolina.

(Bottom photo looks official us army?)
Frandee Sea-Wolf model 1

Frandee Sea-Wolf model 1

Frandee Sea-Wolf model 1
Frandee Sea-Wolf Model 1 (1954) prototype

Edward le Roy France and James Abraham Hardman are the inverters.
It was designed as a combined personnel and cargo carrier.

It was build in Logan, Utah by the Utah Scientific Research Foundation from the
West Electric division of the Bell Telephone Company.
Constructed mainly of a tubing, truss type structure.

Engine: Continental 80 hp
Gearbox: Warner four-speed
Transfer-box: Custom made
Steering: hydraulic boosted mechanism
Water propulsion: 1 propeller driven direct from engine

Frandee Sea-Wolf model 1
Frandee Sea-Wolf model 1

Tires: specially developed track type produced by the United States Rubber c0mpany.
Belts: specially developed by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio.
they maintain there flexibility by minus 55 degrees C.
Frandee Sea-Wolf

Frandee Sea-Wolf

Frandee Sea-Wolf

Frandee Sea-Wolf
Frandee Sea-Wolf (1955)

Made as a monocoque type construction, the skin carry s most of the load.

Engine: Continental 80 hp
Gearbox: Warner four-speed
Transfer-box: Custom made
Steering: hydraulic boosted mechanism

All 8 wheels are driven.

Water propulsion: 1 propeller driven direct from engine

If the Tucker is the father of the snow machine
then this must be the mother.

The production of the Sea-Wolf was probably stopped because of a lawsuit by Tucker
over patent infringement
If so, it has to be on the steering
because the tracks are unique.

Fuchs-SAN Fuchs-San Medical Vehicle (1979)

Made by Thyssen-Henschel Kassel
Engine: V8 12763 cc 320 hp water-cooled 2 x Turbo
Speed land: 96 km/h water: 10 km/h
Range: 800 km
Fuel tank: 390 litre

Yes, there are many non medical versions of the Fuchs

No Picture FUG amphibious scout car

Made by Hungarian State Factories
It is a 4x4 with a crew of 2 + 4

Engine: Csepel D.414.44 4-cylinder diesel developing 100 hp at 2,300 rpm
Speed land: 87 km/h water: 9 km/h
Fuel: 200 litre
Range: 600 km

Fulton was an air-plane car Amphib, but it can't swim, there for not on this web site.
FV180 CED FV180 CET (Combat Engineer Tractor) (Royal Ordnance - Great Britain)

This is essentially a large, armoured Excavator/Bulldozer of highly unusual shape, with a full amphibious capability, courtesy of water jets and flotation bags, one of which is carried in the bucket.

It must be one of the only pieces of amphibious earth-moving equipment in existence, thereby allowing you to full fill two childhood ambitions at once! ;-)

It has another piece of neat gear to make the amateur amphibian green with envy:
A rocket-propelled ground anchor which it can use to pull itself out of trouble/up steep exit-banks.

The info was send in by Harold Smith.

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