James Spear drives his German built 1964 Amiphicar onto a boat launch and out of Lake Mead in Nevada as he takes his mother and cousins for a drive on the lake, May 6, 2015.
What's an amphicar? And why aren't more people using them? They look fun. Turns out it's an amphibious car designed by Hanns Trippel to be marketed and sold in the U.S. Perhaps the fact that "Time" called it one of the 50 worst cars of all time is why more people don't have them.
The standard line is it was 'both a lousy car and a lousy boat'. That top speed of 7 mph does have drawbacks. The bigger drawback may be that it isn't known to be very watertight. Since the water levels are so low in Lake Mead, right now, maybe that's not much of a concern.