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The crazy story of a couple who decided to cross the Atlantic in a car boat

By Jorge de Souza

The year was 1946, shortly after the end of the Second World War.

Australian Frederick Benjamin Carlin, whom everyone just called Ben Carlin, an engineer who had worked on military bases in India during the conflict, was visiting a former American army camp when he saw a kind of boat lying in a corner that resembled a raft but, oddly enough, had wheels.

It also had a steering wheel, headlights, and a windshield.

It looked like a jeep.

And it was a jeep!

The American answer to the hybrid Volkswagen the Germans had developed during the . . .

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