So have you ever heard of the Chevrolet Corphibian? Well, as you might guess judging from the name, it’s an amphibious vehicle and a rare one at that. Only one of them was ever built and it’s headed to the auction block in January.
The 1961 Corphibian prototype was built by Chevy engineers commissioned with the Hulten-Holm Company in Pontiac, Michigan. It’s based on the Chevy Corvair 95 Rampside pickup with an extended body and fiberglass hull. Like all vehicles in Chevy’s Corvair lineup, the Rampside had an air-cooled, rear-mounted, flat-six cylinder engine that delivered 80-horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The seafaring prototype delivered 65-horses.
The only prototype goes up for auction at Mecum in Kissimmee, Florida this coming January. The auction house says it’s in remarkable shape. It still has its original air-cooled engine, automatic transmission and two propellers. It also has its original tires, which makes sense since it only has 157 miles on it. It’s been refreshed in correct red-and-white livery.
Inside, the interior is also in “outstanding condition” with the upholstery, door panels, trim pieces, steering wheel and floor liner showing minimal signs of wear. The dashboard shows as new and is complete with a radio. The wooden rudder can be controlled from the cab or the bed, making it a cinch to go from land driving to water cruising.
The Corphibian will be sold with its original promotional materials and a signed affidavit from Richard Hulten and Roger Holm dated July 30, 1995.
Mecum expects it to get between $75,000-$100,000 at auction.
See it in action in this video taken during its development.