Offering a behind-the-scenes look into the world of automotive research and development in the 1960s, this engaging narrative traces the birth of Chrysler’s alternative jet” car and reveals the story behind its sudden and mysterious demise. Relying on extensive research and firsthand accounts from surviving members of the turbine car programincluding the metallurgist who created the exotic metals for the engine and the test driver who drove it at Chrysler's proving groundsthis chronicle documents the bold development of an automobile with a jet turbine engine. In addition to running well on virtually any flammable liquidincluding kerosene, vodka, heating oil, and Chanel N°5 perfumethe pioneering engines had one fifth the number of moving parts and required less maintenance than conventional engines. Despite the fleet’s amazing performance over millions of miles by test drivers, Chrysler pulled the plug on the project and crushed almost all of the cars. The reasons behind the surprising end to the jet car fleet are finally explained here.
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About the Author
Steve Lehto is an author and an adjunct professor of law and Michigan history at the University of Detroit Mercy. He is the author of Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder, a 2007 Michigan Notable Book, and Michigan’s Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton. He lives in Royal Oak, Michigan. Jay Leno is a stand-up comedian, a television host, and a writer. He contributes a column to Popular Mechanics, which showcases his collection of more than 200 vehicles and advice about automotive topics. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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!
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.