We found this old newsreel clip from 1936 about Percy Hunt of Buffalo, N.Y., who built a powerboat around a Chevrolet car body, using the original 6-cylinder car engine as the boat motor.
It seems Hunt was a car salesman who combined two passions into one.
Passengers enter the cabin through the removable trunk door. The front vent window works well to knock down bow spray.
“No hills, no stoplights — a boater’s paradise. Just one big boulevard,” the narrator says as the unique 35-foot wooden boat cruises at 18 knots across Lake Erie. “What a perfect car for the streets of Venice.”