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Triton ATV Triton

Hydrostatic all wheel drive system
Two Control Levers
Optional Turbo-Charged Diesel Engine
Load 450 kg on land and 275 kg on water
Length: 118 inches (300 cm)
Height: 70.5 inches (179 cm)
Width: Body - 60 inches (152 cm)
No photo Trippel (1932)

Hannes Trippel made many amphibians.

Starting in 1932 with a front wheel drive racing car.
The same car was made amphibious somewhere between 1932 and 1934 by making the drive shafts water tight.
Water propulsion was by a small propeller at the rear.

The official presentation was on 15 September 1934.
On that day it sank in 8 meter deep water.
It drove again only a day later on 16 September 1934

In the book
"Mit dem Auto baden gehen" (sold out) is a 1935 photo of that car with prop on the rear at at the start of the "Wachenburg Bergrennen" (a car race)

Land Wasser Zepp 3
Trippel SG 2 (1935)
Land-Wasser-Zepp 3) (1935)
Same vehicle but 2 names

By selling the first amphibious racing car
Trippel made the money to buy 2 Adler Trumpf chassis with there 2 litre 4 stroke petrol compressor engines the where excellent for racing.

But Trippel seldom made it to the start he was to busy making an amphibious car.

The prototype was water tested at the end of 1935
It was the third Trippel car and the second Amphib.

There for it is the SG 2 "Schwimm & Gelande Wagen 2"
It did 125 km/h on the road and 21 km/h in the water.
At the time it was know as the "Land-Wasser-Zepp 3"

It had front wheel drive and no doors.

There was interest from the military.
Hanns received 10.000 mark from the government and started the Trippel-Werke.
(The Trippel-Factory)

The photo, that was taken January 1936,
was send in by Brian and Heike and it is her grandfather (Gustav) sitting in the rear.



Trippel SG 6 with doors 1937

Trippel SG 6 with doors 1937

Trippel SG 6 with doors and Hardtop 1937 Napels to Caprie

Trippel SG 6 with doors and Hardtop 1937 show room
Trippel SG 6 (1937 1938)

Round looking model with doors (also with hard top)

With a hard top on she sailed in September 1938 with Hannes at the helm from Naples to the Island Caprie.

SG 6

SG 6

SG 6

SG 6
Trippel SG 6 (1937 to 1940) No doors!


Development of this vehicle began in 1935 at the Trippelwerke Hamburg Saar

They where build (About 200???) in a factory located at Molsheim (Alsace), the former Bugatti factory.

Engine: Double radiator, water-cooled
Engine: < 1939 four cylinder Adler
Engine: > 1939 Opel 6 cylinder 2500 cc

Weight: 1900 kg load land 1200 kg load water: 1050 kg
Length: 4000 Width: 2150 Height: 1650 mm
Free-board:300 mm

Fuel tank: 65 litre
Speed land: 70 water: 10 - 14 km/h
Radius land: 200 km water: 85 km

Brakes: 4-wheel hydraulic drum
Crew: 5
Ignition and Electrical System:12-volt Bosch
Propeller that could be lowered and raised sideways.

Photos where found on Wiki and are made by Alf van Beem
No photo
1936   Versuchswagen 4   4x4   Adler engine
Versuchswagen 5

Versuchswagen 5

Versuchswagen 5
1936   Versuchswagen 5

Based on a Stoewer chassis
it is a 4x4 and it has four wheel-steering

It has a mid engine and guy in a hole in the front ;-)



The guy is a mechanic and is included in the price of the vehicle.
He has flippers instead of feet that makes it easy to push the vehicle to the shore in case of a break down. ;-)

Do you really expect me to be serious all the time?

Serious mode on again!

I really need some Intel on this vehicle!
No photo Trippel SG 3  (1936)

After building the Land-Wasser-Zepp 3) (1935)
Hanns received 10.000 mark from the government and build the SG 3
It had a:
Self supporting body (no chassis)
Four wheel drive
Four wheel steering
Engine Adler Trumpf 2000 cc petrol 4 stroke.
1938 SK 8

1938 SK 8

1938 SK 8

1938 SK 8
Trippel SK 8 (1938)

It had No doors and was the first amphibious vehicle produced in series for private use.

Engine: 1910 cc Adler 50 hp
Gear box: 4 speed
Water drive: mounted on the side of the gearbox PTO with a a reverse gear for the prop
Transmission: Front wheel drive

Length: 4100 width: 1550 height: 1300 mm
Weight: 900 kg load: xx
Speed land: 130 water: 15 km/h

Ignition and Electrical System: 6-volt Bosch
Brakes: 4 drum hydraulic

The German army was interested but on a test day in 1942 the prototype sank.
Taking about bad luck.

Bottom photo:
The guy in the SK 8 in the rear has more luck. :-)
It is one of the advantages of a 3 seat Amphib :-)
Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version

Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version

Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version

Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version

Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version
Trippel SG 6 Kolonial-Pioneer (1937 1942) military version

It had TWO doors.

This one can carry 16 soldiers over water and is wider than the Kolonial-Pioneer-Civil.

Engine: Opel 6 cylinder water cooled 2500 cc
Gearbox: 5 + 1 4x4 in granny low.
Speed land: 75 water: 12.5 km/h
Length: 4450 width: 2000 height: 1850 mm ??
Length: 4925 width: 2000 height: 1850 mm ??
Wheel base: 2500 mm
Weight: 1800 kg
Tyre size: 6.00 x 18 or 7.50 x 17
Ground clearance: 381 mm

The propeller on this Amphib is also side ways retractable.

The Bugatti Factory at Molsheim produced between 1937 and 1942 an estimated 800 to 1000 of these vehicles with Opel and Adler engines for military use.
The hull/body was made by Drauz in Heilbronn.


They also made amphibious trailers.


Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version Trippel SG 6 Kolonial Pionier militairy version

Trippel SG6 Pionier Zevil
Trippel SG 6 Zevil (Kolonial-Pioneer-Civil) (1940)

It had TWO suicide doors.

About 38 amphibs where build?

A propeller that could be lowered and raised sideways.

It has room for one driver and 3 to 4 passengers.

This was a luxury model for private use.
Trippel SG-6 no doors 1941

Trippel SG-6 no doors 1941

Trippel SG-6 no doors 1941 Propeller

Trippel SG 6 Kolonial-Pioneer (1941) military version
Trippel SG 6 (1941 -1944) military version

She had NO doors.

Engine: Opel 6 cylinder 2500 cc ---  Some times V8 Tatra
Gearbox: 5 + 1 (4x4 in granny low) ?
Transfer-box: 1 gear ???

Speed land: 75 water: 12.5 km/h
Length: 4450 width: 1800 height: 1910 mm ??
Length: 4825 width: 1800 height: 1910 mm ??

Wheel base: 2500 mm
Weight: 1750 kg
Tyre size: 6.00 x 18 or 7.50 x 17

Ground clearance: 381 mm

The Bugatti Factory at Molsheim produced between 1937 and 1942 a 1000 of these vehicles for military use.
A propeller that could be lowered and raised sideways.

The front wheel arch is differend from the early SG6 standard
The rear bottom is different from the 1941 SG 6 with the 2 doors.

1941 SG-6 Trippel SG 6 (1941)

She had TWO suicide doors.

Trippel what is in a name :-)

No photo The Soviets have captured a special SG 6 1941 model at the Eastern Front.
This one was modified for swamp conditions with metal wheel wideners on the front wheels and the rear wheels removed.
Behind the the rear of the car was a wide metal roll that was driven by chains.

Trippel SG P (1942)

Also know as the SG 6 Limousine

This is the Amphibious Limousine that was specially made for propaganda purposes.
Panzerspahwagen Schildkrote - Trippel

Panzerspahwagen Schildkrote - Trippel

Panzerspahwagen Schildkrote - Trippel

Panzerspahwagen Schildkrote - Trippel
Trippel E6 Panzerspahwagen Schildkrote (1941 1942)

Panzerspahwagen Schildkrote means Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle Turtle.

Engine: Tatra / V-8 air-cooled / 70hp
Armour: 7 to 7.5 mm
Three prototype where build from SG 6 amphibs and known as E6
(E from "Einheits" that means Standard)

Panzerspahwagen Schildkrote II
Engine: Tatra / V-8 air-cooled / 125 hp
Armour: 10 mm

Flotation is that what makes a good Amphib :-)
But it also means that the armor was no more than 10 mm.

Panzerspahwagen Schildkrote III - Trippel E3 / E3M (1943 1944)
Engine: Tatra 103 12 cylinder air cooled diesel 220 hp at 2,250 rpm
Gearbox: 5 forward 1 reverse
Fuel Capacity: 100 litre

Armour Schildkrote I   07 mm
Armour Schildkrote II  10 mm
Armour Schildkrote III 10 mm
Length: 5180 Width: 1900 mm


Panzerspahwagen Schildkrote - Trippel

Schildkrote ERM 1943/1944

The Schildkrote III with the turret removed  was rebuilt into an ammunition carrier.

Armour: 5.5 to 14.5 mm
Weight: 5000 kg

On October 1944, Waffenamt decided that these vehicles are not needed.

1943 Aqua Tatra Trippel SG 7 (1943)

This Amphib was build by Trippel in his spare time.

The basis was a Tatra 87
It had an air-cooled Tatra V8 engine in the rear.
4 wheel drive

This one was studied by Porsche when he designed the Schwimmwagen.
Trippel 1943 Air Propellor in the water

Trippel 1943 Air Propellor on land
V-885 1943

This an Amphib with small wheels and skids with air propeller propulsion.

It can drive on the road, swim in the water and ski on it's skids over snow.
One prototype was ordered by the Luftwaffe and build by the Trippel factory.

Speed: 80 km/h

Load: driver + 2 passengers
No photo (1945)

The trippel factory never received Nazy or army suport

 Hanns Trippel was sentenced to 5 years for making military amphibious vehicles.

He spend 3 year in a France cell.

Porsche spend less jail time, but he paid a cool million to stay out.
Trippel 1950 little Red

Trippel 1950 little Red

Trippel 1950 little Red
Trippel SK 9 (1949)

He was forbidden to develop amphibs for about 10 years after his release.

But it was in his blood. :-)

So this little red Amphib without water propulsion got him the attention of the allies.

He got the warning NOT to build Amphibs OR go to jail again.

Engine: 300-cc DKW
Trippel Aligator 1957

Trippel Aligator 1957

Trippel Alligator (1957)

A three-seating convertible with the drivers seat in centre position.

This one had an Austin engine and no doors.

With the Tripple amphibs there is much confusion.
Hannes him self has said in 1973 that this is the Marathon.

This combined with all the different SG-6 models made that I lost my hair. ;-)


Trippel Eurocar (1959)

Trippel Eurocar (1959)
The Trippel Eurocar (Marathon) (1959)

A three-seating convertible with the drivers seat in centre position.

When it was presented at the 1959 Geneva Motor Show it had an Austin engine and two doors.

The Quandt family, industrials who had shares in (amongst others) the BMW group, invested in the company, and shortly afterwards Trippel designed the Amphicar prototype.

The prototype had higher wings, 4 rear lights and the panel above the rear wheel was closed.

Trippel 1960 Amphicar Prototype

Trippel 1960 Amphicar Prototype

Trippel 1960 Amphicar Prototype

Trippel 1960 Amphicar Prototype
Trippel IWK Amphicar prototype (1960)

35 where build

In the prototype the driver was sitting on the left.
It had an Triumph engine in the rear and two doors
and 2 bigger wings at the back to keep the water out of the engine bay.

Engine: Triumph 4 cylinder 38 hp 1200 cc
Speed land: 120 km/h water: 8 knots

The engine was chosen for the power to weight ratio.
It has been written that was it was considered to use the VW drive-train in the Amphicar prototype, but that some marine regulations in the USA forbid the use of air-cooled engines.

Trippel 1960 Amphicar Prototype
No Photo T74-Universal (1974)

Rear wheel drive ( and water propulsion ?)

Opel engine (parts ?)
T-74 military T 74-Military 4x4 (1975)

Opel engine (parts ?)
1977 Sea Otter Sea Otter (1977)

This one had a Ford V6 engine (European version)
The civilian model had 2WD (rear wheels).
The military model came with 4WD.
Both had dual propellers but there was also a 2WD model without water propulsion.

I have no information that the Sea Otter came any further than prototype.
1977 T 77 Trippel
T 77-Military 4x4 (1977)

( ford parts? )
No photo T 77-Universal (1977)

rear-wheel drive

( ford parts ? )
No photo T 77-Universal (1978)

Also know as the Amphi-Ranger Universal

no water propulsion
No photo Jeep (1979)
No photo Trippel/M\FCller (1980)

Amphi- Ranger Military
Zweckmobile

Trippel zweckmobile propellers
The Zweckmobil (1982)

The prototype had an Opel 1900 cc 4 cylinder and a limited slip differential and two propellers for water propulsion.


The propellers are mounted on an axle and can turn 180\BA.
So without changing the direction of the PTO shaft the two prop can both drive forward or both drive reverse or one forward and one reverse.

Movement of the 2 propellers is by 2 handles that pull on bicycle chains that go around the prop axle.

1989-Aqua-terra RED

Trippel 1989 Aqua Terra
Trippel Aqua-Terra I (Red) (1989)

Hanns Trippel was now 81 years old.

Opel Vectra engine, gear box and other parts
It has a three bladed propeller driven by a four wheel drive high low transfer box.
This was mounted as a FRONT wheel drive or/and water drive.
Not as a four wheel drive.

Trippel toured with this car to many shows in Germany.

Until the end he was trying to find a producer for this car.

Trippel Aqua-Terra II bleu (1990)

Trippel Aqua-Terra II bleu (1990)

Aqua Terra II in the water

Aqua Terra II on a trailer
Trippel Aqua-Terra II blue (1990)

Hanns Trippel was now 82 years old.
The car was built at MIP Fahrzeugwerke in Mainz.

The drive train is from Peugeot and the 4-wheel drive is from Dangel/France,
who used to equip all 4WD Peugeot and Citroen cars those days.
But the engine is an Opel?

The propellers are again mounted on an axle and they can turn 180\BA.
So without changing the direction of the PTO shaft the two props can both drive forward or both drive reverse or one forward and one reverse.

The 2 propellers are controlled by 2 handles that pull on bicycle chains

The chains go around the prop axle.


The Aqua-Terra II is now (2013) 90% restored by it's current owner.


Info and the 2 bottom photos send in by Ali.


Hanns Trippel was born 19 - July - 1908 and died 30 - June - 2001
Triton Triton (1985)

It was build for a home build car rally from Moscow then passing Odessa and the black lake on route to Plovdiv in Bulgaria.
The vehicle is owned by the son of the constructor.
It is advised to visit the following link for many more photo's.

http://www.okbd.h15.ru/pages/razdel2_5.html
Trolley Boats Trolleyboats (2003)

Special page
This was a purpose build amphibious tour vehicle.
It has a composite Fibreglass hull.
Air ride suspension, which allows for wheel retraction while in the water for improved performance.
Power comes from a diesel engine through a hydrostatic drive train.
TVR Reter Wheeler Scamander

TVR Reter Wheeler Scamander

TVR Reter Wheeler Scamander

TVR Reter Wheeler Scamander
TVR Peter Wheeler Scamander (2010)

Peter died 11 June 2009

But his Scaramander lives on
It has a water jet now instead of the padelwheels and a better looking coat of paint.

Weight: 1100kg

Engine: 2-litre Ford Zetec engine

It has a central driver?s seat, flanked on both sides by a passenger seat

Water propulsion old: bolt-on paddles for the rear wheels
(Peter did not wanted to use a propeller because it would require another gearbox and therefore add weight).

Water propulsion now: water-jet

Behind the passengers, under a large plastic hatch is a pick-up-style bed.

The body has foam-filled plastic pods left and right fixed to a central aluminium tube chassis
No photo Twister see Lockheed Twister
A.M.L.U.V Tycon AMLUV (2000)

It was build by Tycon

It is a vehicle that can get a leg over.
An all-wheel drive, amphibious, articulated, all-terrain vehicle.
The concept is aimed at a market presently unfilled between the smaller recreational vehicles and the much larger industrial load carriers.
The hulls are aluminium with UHMW polyethylene armour.
The cab is made of fibreglass composite.
Engine: 4 cylinder diesel, water cooled, 112 hp
Speed land: 80 water: 13 km/h.
Water Drive is a semi-tunnel propeller drive with full reverse.

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