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Chryslers Turbine Car by Steve Lehto. The rise and fall of Detroits coolest creation. In 1964, Chrysler gave the world a glimpse of the future. They built a fleet of turbine cars and loaned them out to members of the public. The fleet logged over a million miles; the exercise was a raging success. These turbine engines would run on any flammable liquid--tequila, heating oil, diesel, alcohol, kerosene. If the cars had been mass produced, we might have cars today that do not require petroleum-derived fuels. The engine was also much simpler than the piston engine--it contained one-fifth the number of moving parts and required much less maintenance. The cars had no radiators or fan belts and never needed oil changes. Yet Chrysler crushed and burned most of the cars two years later; the jet car's brief glory was over. Where did it all go wrong? Controversy still follows the program, and questions about how and why it was killed have never been satisfactorily answered. Steve Lehto has interviewed all the surviving members of the turbine car program--from the metallurgist who created the exotic metals for the interior of the engine to the test driver who drove it at Chryslers proving grounds for days on end. Lehto takes these first-hand accounts and weaves them into a great story about the coolest car Detroit ever produced. Chapters are;
The promise of the jet age
Chryslers first jet car
The fourth generation engine Chryslers viable automotive powerplant
The Ghia turbine car
The user program the ultimate public relations event
The globe trotting Ghia
Other Ghias in America
The user experiment
Wrap up of the user program
The beginnings of Chryslers financial decline
The problem of smog
Chryslers financial troubles
Other manufacturers and the turbine
The death of the turbine program
The survivors
A ride in Jay Lenos Ghia

Softcover, 160mm x 235mm, 228 pages, color and b&w photos, brand new. Check out my other listings for more books. Im happy to combine postage where possible. Pickup is at Seddon.
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  • Seller location: Blenheim, Marlborough, NZ

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