The Limping Man

In the early 2000s, Peter Wheeler, a former TVR owner and automotive visionary, introduced the world to the TVR Scamander, an amphibious vehicle of his own design.

The project began after Wheeler left TVR, seeking a new automotive challenge.

The brief was to create a vehicle to perform on-road, off-road, and on water.

The engine, a 3.0-litre V6, produced a not insignificant 300 horsepower.

The Scamander is fitted with a unique system for switching between land and water modes.

Strangely, it is only a two-wheel drive, apparently to save weight.

It uses a Water Propulsion Jet Drive system for its aquatic escapades.

Sadly in 2009, Peter Wheeler passed away before the project’s completion.

Vicky Wheeler, Peter’s wife, along with some engineers, continued the project.

It has three seats, the driver is in the middle, and the passenger seats fold down for stretchers.

It has a steering wheel that flips up for easier entry and exit.

The Scamander is an iconic example of British automotive inventiveness.

Or a James Bond possibility in the afternoon after too many pints?

The translation of Scamander is a river God from Greek mythology or a Limping Man.

I imagine Peter opted for the former.