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No photo Lada see VAZ 2122
Lady Dive Lady Dive (Amphi-Bus) (City of Ottawa)

The 42-passenger Lady Dive carries tourists.

It was built by Daniel Beauchene just outside Ottawa in a small town called St. Isadore, Ontario. His regular business is the maintenance and overhaul of large farm tractors. He is now spending more time on his amphibian projects as the Lady Dive venture has been very lucrative. He also built the Amphibus for the Hippo tours in Toronto Canada.

To build the bus they striped it right down to the chassis and engine, and build a completely new hull and superstructure. The same engine propels the bus on the street and on the water. The propeller uses a hydraulic system. The steering wheel also turns the rudder.

Lady Duck Lady Duck

This lady was also built by Daniel Beauchene.

Amphi-Jeep Lady (X)

This lady was also seen in the Ottawa River.

The Lady (X) is actually called the Amphi-Jeep.
This info was send in by Jamey from Canada.

Lancia 6640 A Lancia Fiat Iveco 6640A (1972)

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The 6640A is an Italian wheeled amphibious vehicle intended for the police and fire departments. The off-road abilities were weak, best way to go into and out of the water were flat ramps.

Info was send in by Andreas Dhum

Lancia 6640 G Lancia Fiat Iveco 6640G (1980)

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6640G is an Italian wheeled amphibious armoured 4x4 vehicle

Engine: 6 cylinder 5500 cc turbo diesel
Gearbox: Automatic transmission, 4 wd
Speed land: xx water: 11 km/h
Weight: 6500 load: 2000 kg
water propulsion: a water jet

It was ordered by the military (army).
The off-road abilities are much improved sins the 6640A came on the market.

Info was send in by Andreas Dhum

In 1982 Jacques Cousteau guided an expedition in the Amazon Basin using Iveco vehicles, the 6640G 4x4 amphibian and the 6605 six-wheel-drive cross-country vehicle.



Landmaster Build


Landmaster (1977)

IT IS TRUE AMPHIBIOUS!! see the second photo and the special page!

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It is the vehicle from the 1977 Hollywood < B Movie "Damnation Alley" AKA "Survival Run.
Roger Zelazney turns in his grave for the S#!| they made from his book.

But still you have to see the film it has made CULT status because of this vehicle.

It has a short role in the 1994 "A.P.E.X" and
in "Paperboy 2000" sitcom 'Get A Life.
She was seen in the 1997 film Hybrid and
in 1986 in the Music video "The wild and the Young".
In Dino Island (theme ride pre show) she appears as the vehicle of the "Science Team".

Engine: 391 Ford industrial truck
Gearbox: 5 speed Allison automatic
Axles: Big truck :-)
Steering: articulation by 2 hydraulic rams
Length: 11 550 width: 3000 height: 3500 mm
Speed land: 60 km/h

Over the years the top speed and the jumps got higher. ;-)

It was NOT built over/on an earth mover
The chassis is custom made and forms two flotation tanks.

LandRover Land Rover

An amphibious Land Rover.

The same trick is done with a defender, a Fiat panda and some others.
The floats are made of thin rubberised material. Float supports slide into tubes in the chassis. The basic Land Rover here is a LWB air-portable one with very low and basic bodywork, made for stacking in aircraft.

It is a Series 2A Land rover long wheelbase with standard engine and gearbox. The major changes are that the rear bodywork is widened. This starts just behind the front seats. There is no side canvas for the driver or the passenger and in bad weather you get soaked and frozen. The vehicle (inc. engine which has a breather pipe and one way valve in exhaust) is waterproofed and outfitted for deep wading.

Land Rover FV 18601 1962

"The Observer's MILITARY VEHICLE DIRECTORY from 1945"
edited by Bart H. VANDERVEEN and published in London England in 1972

Says on page 181 the following:
Truck, 1-ton, 4 x 4, Airportable, GP, Scheme B, FV18601
(Land Rover) 4-cyl., 77bhp, 4F1R x 1, wb 8'1", 14'0" x 6'0" x 7'0", 3499 lb.
Body of exoskeletal form to provide inherent floatation.
Mock-up only.
1962. Of contemporary FV18501 (Scheme A) a small number was produced and issued.

The info was send in by Joseph Benedetto
Proto LandRover Land Rover (1968)

In 1968 Land Rover build 2 prototypes as a private venture for the Australian army.
The body is build-up from 3 separate units, a bit like the SeaRoader was build. The water goes into the engine bay about half way up the engine block! After trails it was a cancelled project.

Partly because of the water pollution.
Partly because of the helicopter.

Picture is taken from Dunsfold Collection.
Land Shark Land shark (1997)

The speed prototype will use an 1100 cc engine from a Honda Blackbird which will give us estimated speeds of around 200 mph on land and 50 mph on water. Even if you never take it near the water, with a 900 cc engine you will still be driving something with lower running costs than a 2CV but will give Ferrari owners something to think about on the track.

David Baker wants to get the Shark into production and wants to show how good this vehicle could be if developed correctly. This is why the Land Shark project has been created.

The problem was getting sufficient investment into Land Shark Ltd to actually start the project. (No-one will sponsor them until the project has started). This is the main purpose of there website, to explain to people how serious a vehicle the shark could be if developed properly.

1998 Lotus Engineering Ltd, agrees to become consultants to the project.
1999 Simon Grand completes redesign work in preparation for meeting with Lotus Engineering.
2000 Lotus Engineering Ltd decide to become fully involved and offer complete design and build service for the first speed prototype.

2001 Still no Amphib, but the are selling baseball shirts.

2008 The web link is Dead.

Land Tamer Land Tamer (2003)

Engine: 1500 cc Nissan 4 cylinder liquid cooled 80 hp
Gearbox: 3 speed automatic
Hydraulic actuated brake steering system with ventilated disk brakes Load Capacity:
Load (6x6) land: 500 water 340  kg
Load (8x8) land: 940 water: 775 kg
(Rated with single set of tyres, dual tyres increase capacities)
Speed land: 65 water: 4 km/h
With optional jet propulsion system 8 km/h

The 8x8 can move up to 9 people and with an 8x8 trailer a total of 19 people.

Land Wasser Schlepper

LWS trailer

Land Wasser Schlepper

Land Wasser Schlepper
Land-Wasser-Schlepper I (1936) (Land-Water Tractor I)

21 LWS were build in Boizenburg for the Bundesmarine.

The LWS was a special amphibious tracked vehicle for landing operations.
The tractor would be able to tow a floating trailer with a weigh up to 18,000 kg.
On water the tractor would function as a tug for the floating cargo trailer.
After landing the tractor would have to move the trailer to a safe place to unload the cargo.
But when returning in to the water just when the LWS was floating, the trailer was stuck in the mud.

Engine: Maybach HL 120TRM 12-cylinder 300 hp
Gearbox: 5 speed + 1
Speed land: 35 water: 12 km/h
Length: 7680 width: 2340 height: 2650 mm OR
Length: 8600 width: 3160 height: 3130 mm (who to believe?)

The boat part of the LWS had a clean, pronounced bow, and on the top there was a compartment for the crew of three and there was an extra room for another 20. (Sardines ??)
The LWS has two large propellers for propulsion in water.
Land Wasser Schlepper II

Land Wasser Schlepper II

Land Wasser Schlepper II

Land Wasser Schlepper + trailer

Land-Wasser-Schlepper II Panzerfahre (1941)
Land-Wasser-Schlepper II   Panzerfahre (1941)
(land-water tractor II)

Type: Amphibious Tractor/Ferry
Crew: 3
Production: 2 Prototypes only and 1 floating platform.

Engine: Maybach HL 120TRM Gasoline | 300 hp
Length: 8250 Width: 2800 Height: 2500 mm
Platform Length: 11000 mm
Weight: 17000 kg
Armour maximum: 14.5 mm minimum 11 mm
Speed land: 45 km/h
Range: 350 km on road and 200 km in water
Suspension: Leaf springs

Interesting on this design is the cape stand winch in the middle of the deck and the fold down air intakes.
The driver sits in the front down and below and just before the air intakes.

It had one propeller on the rear, and the running gear from a modified Panzerkampwagen IV.
It was designed to tow an amphibious trailer,
but when entering the water when the LWS was floating, the trailer was stuck in the mud.

It could work in tandem with another LWS II and the floating platform to ferry loads up to 24 tons.
The design never went into production, because the tanks got bigger than 24 tons.
No photo Laporte (196x)

Laporte build the Uginox Amphib in France
It was built for a Nile expedition.

Larc V

Larc V


LARC V prototype 1959

LARC V prototype 1959

LARC V prototype 2010
LARC V (1963)

The LARC was developed from 1952 to 1959 and 950 are build.

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Manufactured by Consolidated Diesel Electric Corp.
Officially known as Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo (LARC)

But some people called it the Light(er) Amphibious Reconnaissance Craft
The LARC landing craft replaced the world war two DUKW.
Suspension on the LARC is only by means of the large balloon tyres which greatly simplifies the job of getting the drive through the hull and to the wheels. The LARC came into service with the Australian Army in 1964 for military and flood-relief operations. They have also been used at the Australian Antarctic bases for transport between ship and shore.
The German army had a 150 LARC V's

Engine prototypes: 8 cylinder petrol 300 hp
Engine: Cummins V8 diesel 300 hp @ 3000 rpm
Construction: Aluminium
Speed land: (high range) 50 km/h
Speed land: (low range) 13 water: 14 km/h
Length: 10070 width: 3050 height: 3100 mm
Hull to ground 406 mm
Weight: 9500 load: 4550 kg
Grade limits: 60% @ 1 km/h
Fuel: 550 litre
Range land: 400 water: 50 km

Second LARC photo made by Frank Suha.

In the tree bottom photo there is a LARC V with a difference.
It has the headlights in the hull and a sporty looking steering house.

1- The first LARC V at Fort Story, Virginia, 1959
2- LARC V discharging cargo at Fort Eustis, c. 1959
3- The prototype LARC V in the Transportation Museum (2010)

I received the 2 BW photo's from "Dina"  Museum Technician
U.S. Army Transportation Museum

Larc XV

LARC XV (1967)
LARC XV (1967)

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Manufactured by Frauhauf Corp. Military Vehicle Div.
Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo (LARC)
A 100? where build there made out of Aluminium
Germany had 15 of them.

Engines: 2 Cummins V8 300 hp.
Length: 14850 width: 475 height: 5000 mm
High range speed land 30 mph. Low range speed land 11.3 mph.
Water speed 9.5 knots Grade limits 40% @1 km/h
Load: 15 000 kg

No photo LARC 60 See BARC

This is a 4x4 wheeled vehicle.

Speed land top: of 113 normal 88 km/h water 5.5 km/h

It has no special water propulsion.
It needs no preparation for swimming or fording.

LAV-25 LAV-25

The LAV-25 is an all-terrain, all-weather vehicle with night capabilities.
It is fully amphibious with a maximum of 3 minutes preparation.


LAV 300 LAV 300

Here is a LAV-300 the Philippine Marines use.
This was a swim test with modifications to engine cover to prevent flooding.

Information send in by Frank Suha

Is this floating or not sinking. ;-)

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