IF you’ve got a used Ford Fiesta we should consider twice before trade it in with a scrappage scheme.
The kick adult runabout could be incited into a £20,000 amphibious automobile instead.
That’s according to pioneering UK operative Tim Dutton, who specialises in building these dumb vehicles.
Dutton, owner of Tim Dutton Amphibious Cars, has already crossed a English Channel twice in one of his eye-catching creations.
And he skeleton to commence a seven-hour tour for a third time in sequence to applaud his firm’s 50th anniversary in 2018.
There are now dual cars in Dutton’s amphibious operation – a two-wheel-drive Reef and a four-wheel-drive Surf.
Both need a “donor” automobile – a Mk7 or Mk8 Fiesta for a Reef – and a Suzuki Jimny, dating from mid-2005 onwards, for a Surf.
It could be a ideal second life for a engine that you’re deliberation trade in with one of the diesel scrappage schemes being offering by manufacturers.
The cost of a Reef starts during £19,517 while a Surf starts during £19,395 – and a cost of your donor car.
And if you’re accessible with a tool and screwdriver we can even build a indication yourself with a £9,500 kit.
Dutton, formed in Littlehampton, West Sussex, combined a initial antecedent in 1994 and is indeed a oldest automobile builder in a universe still owned by a strange founder.
Since afterwards it’s done 253 models – with around 15 finished any year and sequence books full until subsequent summer.
And they’re exported around a creation including Brazil, Canada, Dubai, Europe, New Zealand, Russia, a UAE, and a USA.
They’re not usually a gimmick, either.
In oil exploration, they have been used on stretches of beach to concede a association handling in eastern Europe to overcome a incoming tide.
And in a confidence industry, a Dutton has been deployed to assistance forestall thefts from boats around a jetty in Amsterdam.
Closer to home, rivers management crew in a UK use them to investigate and conduct waterways.
Dutton, vocalization forward of a London Boat Show, said: “I’d adore universe domination, though as it is there are one or dual other companies around a universe who make what they contend are amphibious vehicles, though they usually demeanour like cars that float.
“It’s satisfactory to contend that a usually people who make correct amphibious vehicles other than Dutton, is a military.”