Several car manufacturers experimented with the idea
of developing a Gas Turbine car, but none got nearer to
developing a fully blown production model than Chrysler.
In fact, 50 gas turbine coupes were developed in 1963
and provided to 50 lucky(?) volunteer trial testers.
The car body was designed by Elwood Engle, who had previously
designed the Ford Thunderbird.
Acceleration proved to be no problem to the turbine
driven cars (0 - 100 km/h in approx 10 seconds), but
some worrying problems were experienced by the drivers.
These included fuel consumption (at best around 12
mpg) and cabin heat that was being generated by the
When Chrysler decided that it was never going to become
a commercial proposition, they destroyed 40 of the prototypes
(to avoid import duty on the bodies that had been imported
from Italy), with the remaining 10 being given to museums.