After spending more than a decade working out the kinks on a high-speed amphibious car, California man Dave March is about to take the Panther model of WaterCar to market for $135,000.
It’s been a long time coming.
March, 58, filed a patent for his first amphibious car in 2003. In 2009, he got his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for fastest amphibious car with a vehicle that could hit 60 mph on the water.
Now that the Panther is ready for sale, March has already taken deposits from two Silicon Valley millionaires, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates and the Prince of Dubai, Sheik Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
“This has been a dream for 10, 15 years,” March said. “I've got guys that are throwing money at me. It's a fun position to be in.”
According to the WaterCar website:
“During our development years, we were continuously approached by people around the world who wished to purchase a WaterCar. While we were flattered by the apparent market acceptance, we did not feel we had attained a level of reliability and maintainability consistent with our personal standards and those of our prospective buyers. It was difficult to say no for all those years, but the team was adamant that they would not sell a product that they would not purchase themselves. In 2013, the team realized the Panther achieved the quality, reliability, and maintainability that allowed them to offer the Panther for purchase.”
To help build up demand for the vehicle, the Panther has already been filmed in three reality shows, including an upcoming episode of The Bachelor.
[Orange Country Register]