Why commute when you can cruise?
There are a few approaches to tackle the problem of wanting to have a boat and a automobile but only having the area (or spending budget) for one particular automobile.
You could go the Amphicar route and finish up with a so-so vehicle which is also a so-so boat (bail-out buckets of charm however!). If price range permits, you could pick up a Quadski, but that does not give you the comfort of an enclosed cabin. There is the Boaterhome, which is type of cheating — it’;s really a huge van with a deployable speedboat in the back.
The Fiat 1100 Boat Car by Carrozzeria Coriasco represents an entirely diverse technique. It’;s 25 percent automobile, but it appears like an aquatic vessel. And it’;s not precisely news, possessing been built decades ago on the bones of a humble 1953 Fiat 1100, but it really is a revelation to us.
Marvel at its details: Bulbous blue fenders symbolize wake parted by the “bow” — a playful design and style feature that gives the car a delightful “charging through the azure main” result, like a Riva with a Ford Thunderbird greenhouse on leading by some means managed to beach itself on a Delahaye.
The simulated wake, along with gleaming brigh2rk, portholes and a actual wood deck, elevate this work over some less-than-secure-hunting boat-cars we’;ve observed.
But why?, you ask, your sense of childlike wonderment getting apparently abandoned you long in the past. It was constructed as a rolling advertisement for Bologna-based Scuola Nautica Scarani, which teaches aspiring Italian skippers the techniques of the sea. Bologna is miles from the coast this could explain why its boat is greater suited to plying the autostrada than the Adriatic.
So although the Fiat boat car does not sail, it’;d be perfect for yacht rockin’; around a beach town. And in that respect, it truly is more like the Fiat Jolly or the Fiat Shellette Michelotti than it is the Amphicar — there must be something about placing canvas canopies on the Italian automaker’;s merchandise that make the modification unattainable for carrozzerias to resist.
If you want to see the Fiat 1100 boat automobile in individual, you’;ll have to head to the Netherlands to do so — it really is in the assortment of the Louwman Museum, which is absolutely really worth a pay a visit to. Just be certain to inquire permission to come aboard 1st.
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