If you have a lot of money, you have a lot of really wild and exciting cars to choose from. But I’m confident to say that none of them none of themcan be almost as brilliantly bad as this 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car, first discovered by Barn findswhat you can actually buy and own. And even drive!
Here is a brief description of the turbine cart in case you are unfamiliar. In the 1960s, Chrysler researched turbine engines for vehicle propulsion. To get an idea of how well they would work in the real world, they built 5 prototypes followed by 50 production models. These latter models took a tour of just over 200 families, each of whom spent 90 days driving. According to Motor trendThe engine made 130 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque and was mated with a three-speed automatic.
After that, the cars were returned to Chrysler, who ultimately decided that turbine engines were not the way of the future. According to Hyman Ltd., the company that sells this example, only nine turbine cars were spared the crusher and six were sent to museums. This was one of the cars Chrysler stuck to, and it was occasionally loaned out to executives and the like. It was then sold to William Harrah for his collection and museum in Las Vegas. It was later sold to the founder of Domino’s Pizza and then to the newest owner, Frank Kleptz. Kleptz then worked with GE engine Services to rebuild the engine and get the car running again.
While seated, the car retains its original paintwork, trim and interior. It comes with spare parts and various documents. And of course it’s cool, from the whistling engine under the hood to the jet-inspired Ghia-built body and sleek interior. Plus, you can be sure you won’t see anyone else on the street unless you decide to stop by Jay Leno’s garage in Burbank, California.
It really doesn’t get any cooler than this. Hyman didn’t quote a price for it, but we’re sure it will sell for a tremendous amount and it would likely be money well spent.