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Cool Old Video: A Turbine Powered 1962 Dodge Drives Across the Country


Cool Old Video: A Turbine Powered 1962 Dodge Drives Across the Country

Chrysler’s efforts with turbine-powered cars in the mid-’60s are pretty well known. What many people don’t know or don’t remember is that Chrysler was messing with turbines in their cars all the way back in the early ’50s. By the beginning of the ’60s, the company was trying to show how far they had come in the development of a turbine powered car, so they devised some publicity stunts. This video is of a cross country trip made in the “Dodge Turbo Dart” in late 1961. The trip took four days and the car worked great!

This video, complete with sound of the car whizzing away, is a window back into the era where the Big Three had the world by the nuts and were capable of trying and doing some very out of the box stuff.

 

 


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5 thoughts on “Cool Old Video: A Turbine Powered 1962 Dodge Drives Across the Country

  1. b3m

    it is funny to see that screaming a model engine behind the chrysler. While I wa sin the service, even the APU turbines changed. I wonder what today would do for claming the whole setup down. Awesome stuff. On a similar note..self balance and fuel burning only comes from a 3 main bearing boxer and jet engines.

  2. dirwood

    who killed the turbine car? i thought i had seen a pic of an 80’s lebaron turbine? i’d sooner buy one of these as opposed to a volt! no oil changes? that in itself is a major bonus!!

  3. Robert

    The early Chrylser turbine cars of the 60’s were a beautiful design. When I was younger I read where Chrysler loaned several out to some lucky person to drive as an excersize to see how practical they could be. I actually got to see one and the image is permanently etched in my mind. What a wonderful time it was when a manufacturer would try something so radical.

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