1963 Chrysler Turbine

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Chrysler's turbine program lasted from 1954 through 1979, but they are best remembered for approximately 50 experimental gas turbine cars built in 1963 which they loaned to a sampling of preferred customers for their evaluation in everyday driving conditions.

HIgh fuel consumption, high production costs, and difficulties experienced by drivers who were not used to the behavior of a turbine engine doomed the effort.

With the exception of six, which went to museums and two retained by Chrysler engineering, all were dismantled so Chrysler could avoid paying import duties on the Italian Ghia-built bodies.

Source: Peterson Automotive Museum

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