762-HP 'Hydrocar' Can Travel On Both Land And Sea

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If that sounds like something you need, you can buy it.

It's not every day that you visit an automotive auction and come across a hydrocar. Not to be confused with hydrogen-powered vehicles like the new Toyota Mirai, 'The Hydrocar' - as it is described on Barrett-Jackson's listing - is essentially a vehicle that can be used both at sea and on land. Unless you can afford a Lamborghini and a matching luxury yacht, the hydrocar is an all-in-one solution. The model featured here took a decade to build and is powered by a 527-cubic-inch Chevrolet engine generating a titanic 762 horsepower and 712 lb-ft of torque.

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The Chevy engine is paired with a four-speed racing automatic transmission. Its ungainly body consists of a 304 stainless steel space frame and aluminum skin. The barge also has a pneumatic suspension and is slowed down by power disc brakes on all four wheels. At the back, there is a high-mounted wing that looks like an enlarged version of the one on the back of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Unlike that Porsche's centrally-mounted exhaust outlet, the hydrocar has a massive propeller jutting out at other road users. The doors to the cabin open upwards and reveal what looks to be quite a cramped environment for just two occupants.

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There are sporty Recaro seats and a steering wheel but those seem to be the only things that hint at a regular car. In the center of the dash, there are no less than 23 gauges. Although it can be driven on land, the hydrocar is also sold with a custom-built trailer. We're sure you'd need something pretty powerful to haul this rig around.

A YouTube video from October 2010 shows what appears to be the hydrocar making a lot of noise but not moving very quickly through the water. For those on a (much) tighter budget, a mechanic from China showed us that it's possible to build your own basic boat-car. We'd recommend getting a separate boat and car instead.

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