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Holy Crap There's Apparently A Chrysler Turbine Engine For Sale On eBay

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The 20-plus year development of Chrysler’s turbine engine-powered cars is fascinating. Our man Steve Lehto even wrote an entire book on the subject. But not many remnants of the program are left, so if you want a piece of weird engine history, this Chrysler turbine engine for sale on eBay may be your only shot.

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An eBay seller named thekoolone1 is parting with what he or she believes is a seventh generation Chrysler turbine engine that was put into a Chrysler LeBaron in the 1970s. The current bid, as of this writing, is $4,461.

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Turbine engines in cars are a great idea and also a terrible one. Sure, they’re expensive, inefficient, big, and don’t like to idle. But they’re also lightweight, easy to work on, smooth and best of all, they can run on a variety of fuels like diesel, peanut oil and tequila.

All of these positive traits had Chrysler engineers, headed by George Huebner Jr., trying to develop a turbine-powered car for over two decades.

Turbine engines are quirky and cool, so it’s too bad the public only got to get behind the wheel of a sweet few Chrysler turbine cars. Most of those were destroyed a few years later, leaving very few traces of the legendary turbine-car program.

That’s what makes this apparent eBay turbine engine so special—it’s incredibly rare and it’s part of one of Mopar’s most interesting chapters in their history.

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The one for sale is still mated to a transmission, and looks to still be outfitted with thermocouples and other instrumentation. It is located just outside of Detroit in Southfield, Michigan, so if you’re a big Mopar fan looking for one of the coolest powertrains in the entire history of automobiles, get ready to head down to Southeast Michigan.

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h/t to barnfinds

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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