Chrysler’s search for a more reliable engine in the 1960s created a few priceless collectables.
In all 55 examples of Chrysler’s 1963 Turbine Car were made. To test the revolutionary cars designed to offer an alternative to the piston engines of the time, the cars were loaned out to various real-world drivers. Instead of finding that the new turbine engine powered cars were more reliable and efficient than Chrysler’s other engines of the 1960s, the project proved to be inefficient with higher emissions. Shortly after these findings, all but nine of the cars were scrapped along with the project itself.
Two remained with Chrysler, five were destined for the museum, and two others were privately held. Of course one of those privately held examples ended up in Jay Leno’s collection. While that is not really all that surprising, what is extraordinary is the