A retractable suspension for an amphibious vehicle, the configuration of which allows the size of an opening in the hull necessary for accommodating the protraction of each wheel to be kept to a minimum. The suspension is configured such that the only component that comes to extend beyond the hull upon protraction is a generally tube shaped lower link that is pivotally attached to the hull at it is inboard end, that pivotally supports a hub carrier at its outboard end and that may simultaneously accommodate a drive shaft therein. The weight of the vehicle is supported by a spring arrangement bearing on the inboard end of the lower link.

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