1964 Chrysler Turbine Car

As America soared into the Jet Age, Chrysler touted the possible advantages of aircraft-style automobile engines over piston engines. In 1963 and 1964, Chrysler assembled 50 automobiles with turbine engines for consumer testing. Special turbo motif bodies made by Ghia in Turin, Italy visually highlighted the futuristic promise of jet power. Three families in the Baltimore area and one in the Washington area took turns driving this car. The turbine engine was smoother and simpler than piston engines, but poor fuel efficiency, high emissions levels, and a peculiar lag when accelerating helped to kill the chances of a mass-produced turbine-engine car.
Currently not on view
Object Name
automobile, turbine
Date made
Chrysler Corporation
overall: 5 ft x 6 1/8 ft x 16 11/16 ft; 1.524 m x 1.85928 m x 5.07797 m
overall: 57 in x 73 in x 200 1/2 in; 144.78 cm x 185.42 cm x 509.27 cm
on pallet: 60 in x 73 in x 200 1/2 in; 152.4 cm x 185.42 cm x 509.27 cm
place made
Italia: Piemonte, Turin
United States: Michigan
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
United States: Maryland
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accession number
catalog number
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Road Transportation
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Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Chrysler Corporation through William P. Stempien

Visitor Comments

1/2/2016 11:10:12 PM
Ken DeMaria
I have lot of interest in the Chrysler turbine car you have. You see. in 1965, as I turned 16. my mother won this beauty for 3 months.I have always dreamed of driving that car again. Is there a chance that we could bring it out of moth balls, or better yet, selling it to a nice turbine car user, such as myself?
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