Although most drivers are perfectly content with cars limited to use on the road, there will always be some who desire the adventurous edge of a car that is as much at home in the surf as it is on the turf. And we aren't only talking about secret service agents. Of course amphibious cars are nothing new. The first military application of water-going vehicles dates back to the 1930s while civilian amphibians have been around since the swinging 1960s. This article pays tribute to them all - from the inspired and practical to the truly oddball.
Paying more than a passing homage to 007's deep-sea-diving Lotus Esprit, Rinspeed based its fun sQuba concept on the modern Lotus Elise to create the world's first real submersible amphibious car. Capable of diving to depths of 10m (after you open the doors to allow water in), sQuba passengers receive oxygen through an integrated tank of compressed air.