1963 Chrysler Turbine Car Strikes with Classic Sophistication
The 2015 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) is going to host one of the kings among classic cars - the historic 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car! This "Turbine Bronze" model will be revealed to the public along with 18 other classic cars as part of the Art and the Automobile historic vehicle exhibition, February 13-22, 2015. Since the event is tracing the artistic development of the design of vehicles through time, the Chrysler Turbine Car is just a perfect example of this progressive transition.
This rare prototype vehicle takes its power from a turbine engine that runs on Kerosene, Diesel – or JP-4 Jet Fuel. Attractiveness, old-time-spirit and beauty spring out from every side of the two-door hardtop coupe. It has four individual bucket seats, power steering, power brakes, and power windows. Its remarkable design also includes two large horizontal taillights and back-up lights which are installed inside a heavy chrome sculptured bumper.
"The Chrysler Turbine program began in 1954 - in the supersonic jet airplane age -and lasted until 1981," said Brandt Rosenbusch, Manager of Historical Vehicles – FCA US. "Like today, the company was exploring alternative propulsion solutions and to prove the engine's flexibility, even ran them on perfume and alcohol – aside from the ‘standard' JP-4 Jet Fuel. We have not shipped the car to Canada in the 25 years I have been here."
An interesting fact is that between 1963 and 1964 a total of 50 Ghia-bodied Turbine Cars were built and were given to members of the general public. Unfortunately, those cars never underwent series production.