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P38 (T) (1940)

50 Schwimmpanzer IIs were converted for Operation Sea Lion (Seelöwe), the invasion of England.

Flotation devices are installed to sides and front.
All openings were made water tight.

The design allowed a speed of 10 kp/h in water
and be able to withstand seas in a wind of force 3-4.

52 of the amphibious kits were made.

The hull was divided into 3 chambers with walls that
were made from inflated celluloid bags.

A marine propeller was added and was run off
the engine via an extension sleeve, universal joint, and shaft.

There was a rubber tire placed between the turret and hull.
The vehicle would submerge to approximately the
top of the track covers. The turret guns could be fired while in the water.
Used by the 18th Panzer Regiment in the central sector in Russia in 1941.

A bit the same system like the KA-MI from Japan
but this one has also floats on the side.

Also a few photos of the P 1 floating experiments.
No photo Pajero el Lago (1987)

See the book "Mit dem Auto baden gehen", (limited edition). (SOLD OUT)

Panhard Pandur

Engine: Steyr WD 612 diesel 265 hp
Gearbox: Hydraulically controlled automatic Allison transmission has torque converter and lock-up clutch.
Speed land: 110 water: xx km/h
Range: 650 km

The vehicle's on-board computer system gives electronic control of systems such as gear locks and clutches, maintenance and repair diagnostic system, with visual and acoustic warnings.
The two steered axles allow manoeuvrability after damage to one axle.
It has an air through axle tire inflation system.

Panhard A.M.L Panhard A.M.L
Panhard M2

Panhard M2
Panhard M2 (1970?) Experimental amphibious vehicle

Engine: HS 115 V 8 diesel 260 hp
Weight: 10 500 kg Speed land: 92 km/h
Ground clearance can be varied from 200 to 530 mm by means of the hydro-pneumatic suspension system.

Normal road use:
The second axle is lifted and the fourth axle load free
The front axle steers
Off-road use:
All 8 wheels are in use, the front wheel steering and the wheels on the inside of the curb are braking through an automatic system

It can turn on a (big) dime on the 2 centre axles with the front an rear axle lifted. It does that by rotating the wheels on each side in opposite direction.

Water propulsion: 2 propellers, one on each (rear) side, each prop can be driven on it own speed forward or reverse.
Panhard M3 (1971)

Panhard M3 (1971)
Panhard M3 (1971)

French amphibious four-wheeled armoured personnel carrier.
The first prototype is from 1969

Engine: Panhard 4 cylinder petrol 90 hp
Length: 4450 width: 2400 height: 2480 mm
Ground clearance: 350 mm
Speed land: 100 water: 4 km/h
Range: 600km
Water propulsion: wheels only
Crew: 2 + 10 troops
Panhard VBL Scout Car (1990)

Panhard VBL Scout Car (1990)

Panhard VBL Scout Car (1990)
Panhard VBL Scout Car (1990)

It is an amphibious 4x4 from France.
First prototype is from 1983

Engine: Peugeot XD3T, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel 95 hp
Length: 3870 width: 2020 height (Hull Top): 170 mm
Ground Clearance: 370 mm wheelbase: 2450 mm
Weight: 2890 load: 700 kg
Speed land : 95 water: 4.5 km/h
Fuel tank: 120 litre
Range: 600 km and 200 km more with the 2 on-board fuel cans.
Water propulsion: 1 propeller

The vehicle has a tire-pressure regulation system.

Just two minutes of amphibious preparation, a trim vane must be manually erected.

Panzerfähre (1942) see Land-Wasser-Schlepper II
Paul Satko

Paul Satko

Paul Pankotan MODEL
Paul Satko Amphibious (1930)

The wheels and steering wheel look like they come from a 1920s Buick.

Maybe Paul Pankotan took inspiration for his 1940 amphibious car from Satko. (bottom photo)
He only made a model for demonstration, so she not listed here on the Amphiclopedia.

After Satko lost his job in Richmond, Virginia, he heard of a government program that gave 40 acre land in Alaska.
It was possible to combine 4 lots for him, his wife and the 2 oldest children to make it a farm of 160 acre.

Now they only had to get to Alaska, how they did that you can read in the following link.
AmphiCat look a like Peerless ???

AmphiCat look alike.
The word is that AmphiCat sued this company for copyright infringement.

There for only 5 of these machines where ever built.
Engine: Sachs SA290 with electric start.
Gearbox: hi-lo-and reverse.

The vehicle was for sale on Ebay.
Pegaso VAP 3550/1 Pegaso VAP 3550/1 (1978)

Special page

She was build in Spain.

Engine:  Diesel Pegaso 9125/5 6550 cc  175 hp a 2.600 r.p.m.
Weight: 9500 load: 3000 kg.
Length: 9058 width: 2500 height: 2830 mm
Speed land: 87 off-road: 47 water: 10 Km/h
Fuel: 250 litre
Range land: 800 km


2 incomplete vehicles are in Germany and are being very slowly restored.
They where also in use by the Mexican Army
Peking Duck

Peking Duck
Peking Duck (2006)

Build by the 75-year old boats man Hu Zeshen.

Mr. Hu lives in Loudi city, Hunan Province, in southern China, and has spent his life working on ships plying China's rivers and canals.

He calls his invention "The Happy Boat."

The vehicle has a 5 horsepower diesel engine (land)
and a 1 horsepower electric engine (water).
Pinguin 1962

Pinguin 1962
Penguin (1962)

The Penguin is a 4 wheeled, two wheel drive, two seat amphibious vehicle. It was build by Bates & Innis Mill Building in Carleton Place, Ont.

Engine: 1 cylinder 2 stroke gasoline Villers 9 hp air cooled
Gearbox: 4 speed. rear wheel drive only
For reverse, stop engine, adjust ignition, start engine in reverse mode.

Speed land: 40/56/64 water: 6.5 km/h
Length: 1875 width: 1200 height: 750 mm
Weight: 159 load land: 450 water: 275 kg
Range: 6 hours

The top speed depends on which brochure one reads

The Pinguin was unsinkable
Water propulsion is provided by the rear wheels only.
Option where:
Amphibious trailer
Front wheel clip-on skis
Rear Cargo Rack
Seat Cushions
Cockpit Cover
Trailer Hitch
Tow Bar
Wind shield

Pinguin 4 seat

Pinguin 4 seat
Penguin (1962) SPECIAL

Probably the only one in the world:
A very different Penguin from Canada, a 4-seater.
this one was especially built for Harald Quandt.

You surely know Harald Quandt as the BMW- shareholder and builder of the Amphicar.
If not then you know now, but there will be no exams so you're allowed to forget.

He used that toy as a tender to his motor yacht.
It still has the eyelets for the Davids to hoist it on board.

Info and photo send in by Ali.
Peugeot Peugeot (1920)

This is NO Amphib. In many magazines they say it is, but I'm sorry, IT IS NOT,

It is an advertisement object for Peugeot Nautic.
That was a part of Peugeot that made boats.

It is just a cut open boat hull on a Peugeot car chassis. It has a propeller but no drive shaft. ;-)

No picture PHANTOM

1967 PHANTOM Amphibious Car

No more info. It is like a true phantom it stays out of site. ( on this web site anyway )
The PIG  mark IX  (1917)

The PIG  mark IX  (1917)

The PIG  mark IX  (1917)

The PIG  mark IX  (1917)
The PIG  mark IX  (1917)

In 1919 one mark IX was made amphibious, they raised the cab and added flotation devices.
They called it "The Duck"

Designed as infantry supply vehicle for 10 000 kg carry cargo or 50 men.

But only 30 men fitted inside the 4000 mm long and 2450 mm wide cargo space.
The control handles mounted at the roof where not to be used as hand-held and
the open drive shaft that runs over the floor not as a seat.

Engine: 150 hp Ricardo gasoline in the front
Gearbox: in the rear
Suspension: NON
Speed: 6 km/h on a good day ;-)
Length: 9700 width: 2500 height: 2640 mm
Weight: 27 000 load 10 000 kg
Water propulsion: paddles mounted on the tracks
Crew: 4 ( commander, driver, mechanic, machine gunner)
and up to 30 men. Officially FIFTY men





Pokrovka (1963)  (She has no name so I have given here one, the name of her village Pokrovka)

Two guys have told the story about a car that sits in a garage nearby.
Its history goes back to Soviet times, the communist sixties.

Guy 1-
It is a car that was designed and built by a special Soviet car company.
It had some features never being implemented in Russian cars before:
The ground clearance can be adjusted with dashboard buttons,
It has a button instead of a key to start the engine, 
The dashboard indicated the current gear selected etc,
It has heating of rear and front window,
It could run float on water as well as on regular roads.

Guy 2-
Here's a car-boat that was given to the brother of the wife of one grandma
in the village Pokrovka Klin district, and now it's a home-made miracle in our garage.
Of all the bells and whistles:
It's a miracle and it floats.
Speed: a maximum of 80 km/h, this car over 30 years old!
And it is has:
- height suspension, adjustable from the cabin,
- Starts with a button,
- on the dashboard gear indicator and a speed indicator,
- heated windscreen.

From the photos I got that she has:
A telescopic steering wheel,

Pokrovka Pokrovka Pokrovka

Guy 3- told: ¨ She is standing in a museum now¨
See Bottom 2 photos on the left!

She even got her little propeller back.
No picture Polywog see Rhino
No picture
Polywog (1975) see Motion Industries Polywog
Poncin VP 2000

Poncin VP 2000

Poncin VP 2000

Poncin VP 2000
Poncin VP 2000 (1984)

Engine: Citroen air cooled 600 cc 2 cylinder 18 hp
Gearbox: 4 speed = 1 reverse
length: 2650 width: 1700 height: 1400 mm
Weight: 580 kg load: 320 kg
Fuel: 25 litre
Speed land 32 km/h
Range: 6 to 8 hour

Some 2000 models have 2 props

There is also a Poncin VP2025 that looks the same as the VP2000
The difference is that the VP 2025 is just a VP 2000 which is limited to 25 km/h
so that it can be registered  road legal (as a tractor)
The VP 2025 has blinkers and all the road lights.         (information from Alain R)

Giles Poncin has a website about the Poncin vehicle history.
Poncin VP 2800

Poncin VP 2800

Poncin VP 2800
Poncin VP 2800

This 8x8 Amphib was made by Giles Poncin.

Two lever break steering.

Engine: Citroen 26 kw (35 hp) 2CV petrol (air cooled)
Gearbox: 4 forward gears and one reverse
Speed land: 60 water: xx km/h
Engine: Peugeot 45 kw (65 hp) 2000 cc diesel (water cooled)
Speed land: 65 water: xx km/h
Weight: 1500 kg Load: 800 kg

Poncin made also non amphibious 6x6 and 8x8 vehicles with a excavator in the back and one with a "bus" body.

The VP 2800 has an optional PTO.

The bottom photo taken by Jerry and is used with permission.
Poncin VP 3000

Poncin VP 3000

Poncin VP 3000
Poncin VP 3000 (1979)

Engine: 65 hp Peugeot XUD9 (diesel) 1905 cc
Gearbox: 5 speed + 1 reverse
Length: 4000 width: 1800 mm
Speed land: 30 km/h water: 3 km/h
Weight: 1080 load: 480 kg
Fuel tank: 50 litre
Range: 6 to 8 hours

It cost in 1990:
Basic vehicle: 109.800 FHT
Tracks rubber 42 cm snow: 26.850 FHT
Tracks 53 cm: 29.500 FHT
Electric wince: 8.100 FHT.

The Poncin factory was closed in 1992

Pontiac Otter

Pontiac Otter

Pontiac Otter

Pontiac Otter
Pontiac M-76 Otter (1952)

The one in the top picture was built in 1952.
Production started in +- 1942 and ended in +- 1953
As fare as know by Johnny (he owns the one in the top photo) there are only about 200 operating otters left.

Engine: air-cooled 4 cylinder Continental AD-268 130 hp
Gearbox: Allisin CD-150 2 forward 1 reverse
Speed land: 50 water: 7 km/h
Length: 5150 width: 2690 height: 2640 mm
Tracks: 750 mm wide
Load: 2500 kg
Water propulsion: (folding??)propeller at the rear
Constructed from aluminium

The info and pictures where send in by Johnny Willis.

Pontiphian Pontiphian (1998)

This is a prototype and it hit the water for the first time in August 1999. speed on land is 40 mph and on water 15 mph.
It has past the coast card inspection and the DMV has approved the use on the road.

On there website they say that they are building amphibious vehicles
fire trucks
Tour Buses
Emergency Vehicles
Personal Vehicles
Recreational Vehicles
Cargo/Freight vehicles
but they still show the 1999 pictures.

In 2006 they made headlines again.
still looking for sponsors.

In 2008 the website was dead.

Presco Presco (2002?)

Presco Amphibious Equipment, Inc.
Amphibious Drag line & Backhoe
This company has 32 years experience in that field.

Standard Reach - 45' w/ 3 1/2 yd. bucket
Extended Reach - 60' w/ 2 1/2 yd. bucket
Travel Speed - 3.1 mph

Prototype Terra-Mare see Maurizio Zanisi  @ ZAM S.A.S
PT-76 PT-76

This is a light amphibious tank but it is also rebuilt to an amphibious armoured recovery and repair vehicle.

PTS 10

PTS-10  (1965)

PTS stands for Plavayushij Transportyor - Srednyj ( medium amphibious transport vehicle)

PTS-M has some armour plating at the cabin

Engine: 4 cycle diesel 710 hp air cooled
Speed: land 60 water: 12 km/h
Range: Land 500 km water: 10 hours
Length: 12000 width: 3300 height: 3170 mm
Weight: 24000 Payload: 12000 water 5000 on the road (10000 kg on land for a maximum of 3 km)

Uses the chassis of the ATS-59 tracked artillery tractor

There is a 10000 kg winch in the front mounted inside the cabin between the seats
Ground pressure: 0.646 kg/
Suspension: torsion bar 6 road-wheels
A trim vane can be erected at the front

I has a hinged tailgate, which also act as integral loading ramp.
A drawback is the exhausts on the sides of the bay
It is filling the load bay with exhaust fumes.

It has two three-bladed propellers in tunnels at the rear, steering is by two rudders.
It runs on six road-wheels with the idler at the rear and the drive sprocket at the front. A winch is mounted at the front of the vehicle and before entering the water, a trim vane is erected at the front and the bilge pumps are switched on.

PTS-10-3 ?
PTS-10-4 has 7 road-wheels and is 500 longer and 500 wider and it has a bigger engine.

PST plus PKP

PTS-M  (1969)
PTS 2 (1985)

This is the armour plate version of the PTS-10

Russian build tracked Amphib. Most of them where unarmed.

It can carry 10 ton or 70 solders
A drawback is the exhausts on the sides of the bay
It is filling the load bay with exhaust fumes.
It was the first soviet cargo Amphib with a closed crew compartment.

Engine: 250 kw
Length: 11430 width: 3300 height: 2650
Weight: 17000
Speed: 40 km/h with 5 ton and 20 km/h with 10 ton water speed: 10 km/h
Fuel: 705 litre
Range: 300 km 50 l/h in water

Chassis of the ATS-59 tracked artillery tractor.
There is a 10 t winch in the front mounted inside the cabin between the seats
A trim vane is erected at the front when in water.
It has a hinged tailgate, that is used as integral loading ramps
The PTS-M has a companion, the PKP, a boat-like amphibious two-wheeled trailer, with fold-out sponsons giving stability on the water.

The PTS-2 is the replacement for the PTS-M.
It has a more powerful engine (derived from that of the T-72 MBT)
a revised running gear with 7 road-wheels on each side.

The PTS-2 is also 500 mm longer and wider, and can carry more cargo.


Powell Mobile Boat (1937)

Build and designed by George Powell
Glendale, California, United States of America, USA.

It has caterpillar tracks

And that is all I can find on her.
Swamp thing

Swamp thing
PWCE Swamp Thing (2000)

PWCE = Paul Wever Construction Equipment

she cuts trees and loads those trees on the deck
unload the same trees by rolling them off the deck

Engine: 2 x Caterpillar Diesel 300 HP
Gearbox: hydraulic transmission

Land load: 90000 kg
Water load: 45000 kg

Fun fact: radio controlled up to 60 meter
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