GPA "La Tortuga" For Sale.

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e.jostad
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GPA "La Tortuga" For Sale.

Post by e.jostad » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:03 pm

During 1954-1956 the 1943 Ford GPA "La Tortuga" drove from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego a 20.000-mile trip.

Read about the trip in the book : "20.000 Miles South"

Frank and Helen Schreider and dog Dinah were planing in 1950 to travel from the Arctic Circle in Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in South America.
There were three main obstacles:
1- Southern Mexico, 2- Southern Costa Rica and 3- eastern Panama (the Darien Gap) which required shipping by rail or sea. Consequently the Schreiders chose to use an Amphibious Jeep (Seep) so that they could take to the ocean and sail around these problems.

In a way they travelled the Panamerican Highway even before it was built.

The cabin of La Tortuga was made out of Oak and Plywood with a 500 mm extension over the rear. That way there was enough length behind the front seats to sleep in the rear.

The two racks on the outside hold 2 water and 6 gasoline jerry-cans.
Tyres where oversized 7.60 x 15 on specially build wheels. To save weight the heater was removed and the 12 V system was converted to 6 volt to save on 1 battery. Main storage was in the bow and beneath the bunks.
Above the bunks where two cabinets over the length of the cabin.


La Tortuga was re-discovered in California in 2006, and brought to Norway.

This amazing piece of American automotive history is now for sale.

It will need restoration, but except from the cabin being removed, its basically untouched after the trip. The remains of the cabin excist, and can be rebuilt.

This a matching number GPA. Frame/Engine/Body # GPA 5556

The vehicle comes with title/pink-slip signed by Frank Schreider, and other documentations and items used on the famous trip.

Serious enquiries only. €40,000 or best offer.

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"La Tortuga"

vett68
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Re: GPA "La Tortuga" For Sale.

Post by vett68 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:56 am

do you still have gpa for sale and would you be interested in a nice amphicar

vett68
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Re: GPA "La Tortuga" For Sale.

Post by vett68 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:25 am

never heard back is gpa still for sale or not

e.jostad
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Re: GPA "La Tortuga" For Sale.

Post by e.jostad » Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:56 am

Sorry, it's sold.
"La Tortuga"

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