1963 Chrysler Gas Turbine Sedan

Summary

Many companies experimented with gas turbine cars after World War II. But only Chrysler actually put them into the public's hands. In 1963, Chrysler lent 50 of these head turners to potential customers to get real world feedback. Users loved the low maintenance and lack of vibration but complained about sluggish acceleration and poor fuel economy. Rising gasoline prices ultimately killed the turbine dream.

Many companies experimented with gas turbine cars after World War II. But only Chrysler actually put them into the public's hands. In 1963, Chrysler lent 50 of these head turners to potential customers to get real world feedback. Users loved the low maintenance and lack of vibration but complained about sluggish acceleration and poor fuel economy. Rising gasoline prices ultimately killed the turbine dream.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1963

Creators

Chrysler Corporation 

Ghia (Firm) 

Place of Creation

Italy, Turin 

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Body built by Ghia of Turin, Italy; turbine engine and chassis built by Chrysler Corporation.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

66.52.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Chrysler Corporation.

Material

Metal
Glass (Material)
Leather
Rubber (Material)
Cloth

Color

Copper (Color)
Orange (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 53.5 in

Width: 72.9 in

Length: 201.6 in

Wheelbase: 110 in

Weight: 3900 lbs

Inscriptions

Side panels: turbine Rear: CHRYSLER / CORPORATION

Specifications

Make & Model: 1963 Chrysler gas turbine sedan

Maker: Chrysler Corporation, Detroit, Michigan

Engine: regenerative gas turbine

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Height: 53.5 inches

Wheelbase: 110 inches

Width: 73 inches

Overall length: 201.5 inches

Weight: 3900 pounds

Horsepower: 130 at 3600 revolutions per minute, output shaft

Pounds per horsepower: 30

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