This amphibious car was designed by Hans Trippel. It has a unibody steel two-door cabriolet body with electrically-welded joints and is powered by an 1147cc triumph herald engine mounted at the rear and driving the rear wheels. Two propellers are activated for propulsion when the car is in the water.
In most European countries, obtaining a driver’s license is an expensive and difficult task. Many countries allow younger people to operate scooters or motorcycles with a license as long as the displacement is less than 50cc.
This is a custom-designed Mini built on a stock Mini drivetrain. As you can see, the car has been significantly shortened. The back seat was removed, and approximately 2 feet has been cut out of the wheelbase. Cars such as this are referred to as “Mini Minis” or “Shorty Minis”.
The Austin Mini Moke (British slang for “donkey”) began production in 1964. It was designed as a four-wheel-drive jeep-like utility vehicle for the British army. Although it was rejected by the military because of its low ground clearance, a two-wheel drive version became popular around the world as an inexpensive “fun” vehicle ideal for hot climates.
In the mid 1960s, Austin decided to produce the Mini in South America. Knowing the production volumes would not be large, they could not afford to make another set of stamping dies for another factory.
The name DKW comes from “Dampf-Kraft-Wagen” which translates to “steam-powered vehicle.” It carries this name because the first vehicle its Danish designer, J.S. Rasmussen, built, was a light steam car.