Ever since seeing James Bond take his Lotus Esprit for a spin underwater, we’ve been fascinated by amphibious vehicles. None, however, quite measure up to the Theonomics ‘Beast of Burden’ amphibious houseboat.
With a total purchase cost of just $10,000, Theon Parseghian – a mechanic, engineer, and veritable vehicular Dr. Frankenstein – built this monster out of a 1967 houseboat and a crop-spraying tractor in Aurora, New York. The project, which took about 6 months to complete, is one of the most impressive “just for fun” undertakings we’ve ever come across. And yes, it does actually drive on land and over water – as proved at its maiden voyage on Cayuga Lake in front of a crowd of over 500. Unfortunately for fans of vehicle, the ‘Beast of Burden’ is a one-off project. We just hopes it encourages more outlandish endeavors, both on the part of Parseghian and those inspired by his ingenuity.