The car market is now a struggle forthe buyer. Automobile concerns are trying to overtake each other and, often, such a race leads to a bunch of similar models, which is extremely boring and monotonous, but there are instances besides supercars that surprise with their technical and design solutions. Among these unique vehicles include amphibious cars. And although the demand for such cars is not great, enthusiasts around the world are trying to curb both land and water at the same time. These aspirations one day turned into a model Evinrude lakesterwhose appearance is surprising to this day.
Amphibian car - an all-terrain vehicle equipped with one or more engines, capable of independently moving both on the ground and on water, both on water and through air, and so on.
Amphibian, translated from Greek, means "double life", And in fact we can say that thisIt concerns not only the ability to travel on various road conditions, but also their relatively difficult fate. Obviously, amphibians are not for everyone, because in the world there are not so many drivers who like to cut along the roads as much as walking along the seas. Most amphibians are used in harsh terrain, so this type of transport is to some extent favored by the armies of many countries, including Russia.
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As for the Lakester amphibian, its fate is generally unique. This car was created in the seventies of the XX century by a famous designer. Brooks stevens. He is known to the general public for such works as the design of one of the first Harley Davidson motorcycles and the creation of Studebaker Gran Turismo. If Harley davidson I know everything, here Studebaker, in fact, little known to the Russian public, but the exterior design was very progressive for the 60s, so I suggest you look at how this car looks.
Since Stevens had experience in creating a car design, he was given the task to create amphibian buggywhat he did very well. In 1969, he developed the Lakester, and although this car remained only a prototype, it became the star of car dealerships and was inscribed in automobile history.
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The most amazing thing about the boat is that, looking at itfrom the side, it is issued only by the motor, which is located at the rear of the car; if you remove the motor, then, in general, it was impossible to determine that it was not one solid car, but two different parts connected together. Besides, in Lakester motor is a unique mechanism. Stevensen made a tricky decision: taking the transmission from the donor Volkswagen’s, he made the wheels and the propeller drive the same 50-horsepower engine.
Despite futuristic, the price of this prototype surprised me very much. Despite the fact that the prototype did not mature before mass production, they were going to sell it at a price of $ 2,500. But $ 2,500 in the seventies and today is a bit different amounts. After looking for information about the dollar and its purchasing power, I came across information that, in general, prices were approximately the same as if we multiplied the current by 4.
It turns out that these days, these cars wouldsold at a price of about $ 10,000 (600-700 thousand rubles), which is very honest with customers, and even a little cheap. We already somehow considered the question of how much a car should cost, and it is worth saying that the Lakester price is fair. Given the cool design and technically good base from Volkswagen, this amphibian would be in demand for the money.
It is difficult to say why this prototype did not go into a production model. On the one hand, the product is not for everyone, but rather for a small group of enthusiasts. On the other hand, in the 70s was oil crisis, and many automakers reduced powertheir models simply to keep the market. Most likely, no one just wanted to experiment with such a specific car, and then they just threw it in a long drawer and safely forgot it. Whether they will return to him at one time is unknown. According to some forecasts, in the next 20 years there will be a 300-meter tsunami in Alaska, so it is worth offering them the Lakester as a car for everyday use (just kidding).
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