When former US president Lyndon B. Johnson entertained visitors on his Texas ranch▼, he enjoyed playing a prank on his unsuspecting guests. First, he would take his guests for a drive, and then he would speed down a hill towards a lake yelling, "The brakes have failed!" Screams turned into laughter as his car floated as smoothly as a luxury boat across the lake. The president’s car was an Amphicar, a car that can float.
Amphicars were first manufactured in 1961 in Germany primarily for the American market, although a few were converted to right-hand drive for the British market. Sales of the vehicle were anticipated to be around 20,000 per year, but by the time production wound up in 1968, only 4,000 were actually manufactured. Unfortunately, they were considered a novelty▼ item despite some of them being used in the Berlin police force and rescue services in America. The poor reception to the Amphicar by motoring and boating enthusiasts was another reason for the lack of success. An article in Time magazine reviewed the Amphicar, saying, "The standard line▼ is that the Amphicar was both a lousy car and a lousy boat."
The Amphicar looked almost identical to a regular car, although the front of the vehicle was slightly pointed▼ and its body was a lot higher off the ground. Despite being equipped with a state-of-the-art engine, it wasn’t as powerful as a comparable▼ car or boat. In water, it was propelled by two propellers▼ mounted▼ under the rear▼ bumper bar▼ and steered by the front wheels.
Amphicars originally sold for around the same price as a family car, but now, fully-restored Amphicars can fetch up to NT$3,000,000.
1. How did former US president Lyndon B. Johnson like to entertain his guests?
(A) By taking them on a tour of Texas.
(B) By speeding around in his car on his ranch.
(C) By playing a prank on them with his Amphicar.
(D) By taking them for a cruise on a lake in his luxury boat.
2. What is an Amphicar?
(A) A car that can travel on both dry land and water.
(B) A car capable of flying.
(C) A boat that looks like a car.
(D) A car that looks like a boat.
3. Which of the following is NOT a reason for Amphicars being unsuccessful?
(A) They were considered a novelty item.
(B) They met with a poor reception from motoring and boating enthusiasts.
(C) They were too expensive.
(D) They had poor reviews in magazines.
4. What is true about Amphicars?
(A) They were steered by two propellers.
(B) They had a high-performance engine.
(C) They were only made for world leaders.
(D) They were identical to a regular car.