1963 Chrysler Turbine
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Chrysler Turbine & Turbine Program
Prelog: In early 1964, my family loaded up a 5X8 U-Haul with everything we owned, hooked it up to bumper hitch on our 1963 Valiant, and moved from outside San Antonio, Texas (Valley Hi to be exact) to New York City. Only God knows why, as I sure never figured out what was going through my father’s mind.
Our very first night in NYC we stayed at a motel called the MET (as in the baseball team) close to Shea Stadium. The next day my father took two of my younger brothers and I to the World’s Fair, which was virtually across the street. My very pregnant mother, two younger sisters, a younger brother and the dog (yes we were all in that Valiant from central Texas to New York – the scenic route!) stayed at the motel.
At about 7PM we were all bushed and wanted to head back to the motel – but my father insisted that we go to the Chrysler Theatre to see their last show. My two brothers and I were not thrilled with this – but gave in. We squirmed in our chairs through the boring presentation for about 45 minutes when the guy giving the presentation said that underneath one of the seats was a pair of tickets to ride in the Turbine car. That is when an old man in back of us tapped my dad on the shoulder and said that he found a pair of tickets under my youngest brother’s seat. I know now that they must have been under his seat and he either didn’t want the ride – or knew that we would better enjoy it.
After the show, my father took us to where the Turbine car track was – and convinced the test driver to take all four of us for the ride. It was a very exciting ride that I will never forget. Since that time I have always been interested in Dream/Concept/Styling Study cars – and especially the Chrysler Turbine.
Below you will find my copies from an original brochure, and the text from Special Interest Automobile articles written in 1980 and 1997. They are very different articles. The first is about the 1963 Chrysler Turbine program, where 50 cars were given to the public to test for 3 months. The second one is more about the Turbine program, which actually started with a 1954 Plymouth. I have enjoyed reading and rereading these articles.
Dave Schultz – (BK)
Turbine Program in the 50s
1963 Chrysler Turbine
End of the Program
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