The Car of the Future in 1963
In a gas-turbine engine, the engine draws air through a compressor, heats the air to form a hot rushing gas, then directs the gas against turbine wheels. The spinning turbine transmit power through drive shafts to the vehicle itself as well as to all accessories.
The Chrysler Turbine program ran from 1954 to 1981. The fifth-generation car, by far the most famous and beautifully styled, was the 'Turbine Bronze' 1963 Coupe designed by Elwood Engel and assembled by Ghia in Italy. The resemblance to the 1961 Thunderbird is not accidental; Mr. Engel was Ford's lead designer for the T-Bird and the 1961 Lincoln Continental before moving to Chrysler Styling in the fall of 1961.
Fifty of these coupes were built for Chrysler Engineering, and in an unusual and highly publicized program, loaned to carefully screened members of the public for driving evaluations. All but nine of the historic vehicles were scrapped. This is one of three retained by Chrysler.