Automotive history has always been a fascinating part of American history to me. Maybe it’s because my dad was a mechanic and I’ve always been around automobiles most of my life, but whatever the cause, I’ve just finished reading a great book: Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.
It’s a great story, giving us background both on mid-century America as well as the golden era of the American automobile industry, where style ruled and safety, well, perhaps wasn’t as assured as it should have been.
We’re introduced to the technology behind the vehicle as well as the main proponent of the turbine approach: George J. Huebner Jr. His dedication to this technological marvel proved very much of an interest to magazines of the time, as we see in the image below (Google Books: Popular Mechanics):
However, the turbine car was not to be and in the end most of the models did not survive. Today, Jay Leno has one, as noted here, and there are a few others, but regardless of history, it’s still a great look back at the technology that could have been!
Interested by the image above? (Source: Google Books, Boy’s Life magazine) I’ve outlined some following links to get you up to speed on the history and design of the turbine car from Chrysler. Enjoy!
Jalopnik. “The Rise and Fall of America’s Jet-Powered Car.” http://jalopnik.com/5662006/the-rise-and-fall-of-americas-jet+powered-car.
YouTube. “Jay Leno’s Chrysler Turbine Car.” http://youtu.be/rSBpd1GFUP0.
Obituary, University of Michigan. “George J. Huebner.” http://www.ur.umich.edu/9697/Oct15_96/artcl08.htm.
Wikipedia Contributors. “Chrysler Turbine Car,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Turbine_Car.