We don’t think you can snorkel with the Chevy Corphibian, though…
We’ve always admired Chevrolet for its creativity in engineering across its models, but there’s one vehicle that has to take the wacky cake.
Last month, an amphibious Chevy pick-up truck came to light at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. Officially titled the “Chevrolet Corphibian,” this 1961 truck based on the Chevy Corvair Rampside, was one of the first mainstream amphibious vehicles to go on sale. It included a fiberglass hull, hydraulic pump-powered propellers, and throttle and rudder controls in the cabin and on the bed. In case you were wondering if this was meant for storming beaches or for being an ultimate leisure vehicle, the Corphibian also came with stylish deck chairs.
The amphibious Chevy pick-up will officially go up for auction in Florida this January. The current owner has been using it more like a piece of artwork (which it is) than a car or boat (which it also is), but claims it drives – and sails – great, with only 157 miles on the odometer.
If you miss the Mecum Auction, have no fear. With Chevy’s imaginative engineers, we’re probably not too far off from the Corphibian II (which sounds like a great made for SyFy channel C-movie, by the way).
Winter is by far the harshest season for your vehicle, whatever your vehicle is, and in more ways the one. But, one of those sneaky, damaging ways that might surprise is your gas mileage. You fuel economy in the cold can suffer, but there are a few foolproof steps you can take to protect your tank and your wallet this winter.
- Park your car somewhere warm, like your personal garage or in an indoor rather than outdoor parking garage when you’re out and about. This will up the starting temperature of your engine when you turn your car on.
- The cold can mess with your tire pressure, so keep an eye on your PSI and adjust as needed. Improper tire pressure can drastically affect your fuel economy.
- You may have been told at some point in your life to let your car heat up before driving away. While this is a good tip, you probably don’t need to let it idle as long as you think to get your engine good and hot. Turn it on and let it idle for just 30 seconds to a minute, then drive gently. Idling can cost you anywhere from 2-5 cents per minute in fuel.
- Don’t leave your seat warmers or front/rear defrosters running longer than needed, as these are big drains on your fuel.
- Our final tip for increasing your fuel economy in the cold is to use cold weather weight motor oil. This varies by vehicle, so check your owner’s manual for details.