Back in the late 1950’s the United States was seeing a upturn in the economy. The post war period had seen strong economic growth and because of this housing, electronics and yes, even the automobile manufacturers were all back producing at capacity. Back then there was a renewed source of optimism amongst manufacturers and nowhere was that greater seen then in the auto industry. Chrysler was always pushing the limits of engineering, but in 1963 they took things a little bit further then everyone else by developing a turbine driven car that was slated to be sold as a mass production automobile. Initially Chrysler built a fleet of these machines and put them in the hands of select individuals as a marketing strategy / test fleet. They had the owners write logs, monitor performance and gauge the cars overall reliability.
The 1963 Turbine car in the video belongs to none other than Jay Leno and is one of two in private hands. Listening to him speak about the technology that went into its development is actually quite amazing and makes one wonder how cars as we know them today, would have been different if the technology had gained a foothold.
Source: Jay Leno’s Garage