1/25 GC-300-200 Jo-Han 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Chrysler had long labored to produce an efficient turbine for automobile use. The fourth such engine operated on almost any fuel oil- jet fuel, vegetable oil or tequila and turned 60,000 rpms developing 130 bhp. With this engine Chrysler felt certain that it was time to produce a practical test car, and the Turbine was designed. 55 were produced and 50 given to the public to test. The engine was simple - it had 60 moving parts instead of the usual 300 in a combustion engine - and naturally had no points or distributor. In practice, the car proved reliable and averaged only 4% downtime total - a low number for such a new application of technology. The main drawbacks included the compound 'NO' (nitrogen oxide), high exhaust temperatures and poor fuel consumption of about 17 mpg. Chrysler was able to fix the last two, but the first one helped finish the program. In the future, Chrysler engineers would solve the NO problem. Kit features opening hood, detailed engine and compartment, opening trunk, whitewall tires, opening doors, steerable wheels, coupe (2 door) body with opening doors, front seats that fold forward, detailed interior and full underside detail. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes Jo-Han's early version of "Bare Metal Foil" for the bright trim and instructions.
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