One banana, two banana, three banana, four
Four bananas make a bunch and so do many more.
Over hill and highway the banana buggies go
Comin' on to bring you the Banana Splits show
Find this 1969 Amphicat for sale in Gig Harbor, WA for $2,000 via craigslist.
The Amphicat was invented in the late 1950's by Canadian engineer Ron Behoo after hours in his basement. Originally named the Aquacat, he later changed the name to Amphicat and founded Behoo Enterprises. Unable to keep up with the orders, he sold the U.S. rights to the Amphicat to Mobility Unlimited in Auburn Hills Michigan which built the Amphicat from the late 1960's into the 1970's, until the rights were sold to Magna American. Most of us in the U.S. of a certain age remember Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky driving them in the Hanna-Barbera Banana Splits Adventure Hour kids show. Fans of the British TV show Space:1999 should also recognize the Amphicat, where it was used as a moon buggy.
The Amphicat used a dual stick skid steer type steering mechanism similar to construction skid steer vehicles. This gave the 'cat a turning radius of 0! One could do donuts with it until one tossed their donuts.
The body of the Amphicat was made of Cycolac ABS plastic developed exclusively for the vehicle by a division of Borg Warner. The body was a two piece hull joined at the beltline seam. Cycolac's claim to fame was its light weight - the Amphicat's body weighed only 60lbs - resistance to damage and never needing paint. This 'cat has however had a fancy paint job in Corvette blue metallic.
Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pactific Northwest correspondent. He knows what he's doing New Years Eve.