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Everything You Need To Know About Chrysler's Legendary Turbine Car

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The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, located on Fiat Chrysler’s campus in Auburn Hills, is shutting down for good later this month, so friend of Jalopnik Steve Lehto decided to stop by and get a final glimpse of one of the museum’s crown jewels: a 1963 Turbine Car.

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Chrysler spent three decades designing turbine-powered vehicles, but only built 50 “production” cars for the public and five prototypes. Of those, 46 were eventually scrapped, and nine remain to this day.

Here’s Lehto, Fiat Chrysler’s Brant Rosenbush, and Nostalgic Motoring’s Mark Lieberman dropping some knowledge on one of the most interesting pieces of American automotive history:

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum’s final day for public viewing is December 18th, so if you want to gaze upon Chrysler’s fascinating Turbine Bronze legend, you’re running out of time.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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DISCUSSION

I thought of these when Hybrids first came out. Think a turbine engine would work better on a hybrid? You could eliminate alot of the up and down shifting with electric trickery. Since that was a big problem with them I’d love to see an attempt. Turbines don’t handle the constant variation in speed that cars do but they could power the hell out of a generator with a constant speed. But I’m not engineer so I’m sure I’m missing on some critical info.