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Foreword Jay Leno ix
1 The Promise of the Jet Age 1
2 Chrysler's First "Jet" Car 10
3 The Fourth-Generation Engine: Chrysler's Viable Automotive Powerplant 31
4 The Ghia Turbine Car 40
5 The User Program: The Ultimate Public Relations Event 49
6 The Globe-Trotting Ghia 82
7 Other Ghias in America 86
8 The User Experiment 95
9 Wrap-Up of the User Program 116
10 The Beginning of Chrysler's Financial Decline 131
11 The Problem of Smog 134
12 Chrysler's Financial Troubles 157
13 Other Manufacturers and the Turbine 160
14 The Death of the Turbine Program 164
15 The Survivors 170
16 Going for a Ride in Jay Leno's Ghia 174
Posted October 22, 2012
Posted March 15, 2012
If you're a Car nut or even if you're not but interested in a bit of unique history in the auto industry this is a must read. The Turbine Car was a very special car in a very special time during the hey day of auto makers. This book gives you the ins and outs of the rise and fall of this "before it's time" vehicle. Steve Lehto does an excellent job and weaving this tale in an easy to follow and easy to read format. I completely enjoyed the history and the stories behind this futuristic "Jet Age" car!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2012
This book is very well researched and documented. Although filled with many technical facts the book is well written and enjoyable to read. And he puts the development of the turbine car in prespective of the economic issues facing Chrysler Corporation and the growing environmental sentiments of that era. And Steve Lehto wisely does not cast blame on a single person or event, but that air quality and mileage were issues that could not be resolved in a timely manner. I liked that the author gave info on the status of the turbine cars which did survive.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2011
I gave this as a gift, and it was a tremendous hit. This car is actually on display at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan about 20 minutes from Kalamazoo. The Turbine Car is just one of the many wonders that makes this museum worth a trip!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 21, 2010
I just finished the copy I got for review from the publisher and all I can say is Wow! Steve Lehto has done an excellent job of capturing the details and facts surrounding the Chrysler turbine program. Steve also has captured the excitement and dedication of people involved in that program. My own father was the 160th user of the consumer test of the cars and after he and I drove that car for three months we wanted to see it produced. The program ended and was almost forgotten - that is why this book needed to be written. Steve has the ability to weave a very interesting story around the facts which he is diligent about finding and recording. This is a history book but it is also very easy reading. I received my copy from the publisher and finished reading it in about five hours. The story flows from beginning to end and you are taken along for the ride. If you are a "gear head" you have to get your hands on this book as it is the very best resource available on the Chrysler turbine program from beginning to end! If you are not a "gear head" and just like a good read about technology and people who created a most unusual automobile this is a book for you too. There are some very rare photos included with the book (some color.) This book will make a great gift or purchase for anyone interested in things that should have been but were bypassed and almost forgotten. Thanks Steve for making sure we will never forget the turbine program.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.