I was talking yesterday with an older friend of mine. He is in his 80's. He was telling me that in 56 he bought either a Pontiac or an Olds car with a diesel engine. He can't remember which it was but had bought it new at a dealership and that it was experimental for the time. I asked him what model it was but he said that he can't remember for sure. He was certain it was GM. (not being a car guy it doesn't seem important to him.) He said that he was warned at the time by the dealership that the engine would only last for about 50,000 miles and he said that was about all he got out of it before the motor went South on him in the desert in Arizona. After hearing this story I started to question whether my friend's mind is starting to slip. Lol.
I had never heard of a diesel in that early of a car so I did some searching on the innertube this morning. I can see articles of when Olds put a diesel in their passenger cars in the late 70's to early 80's, but nothing about anything earlier.
Anybody have any info to corroborate his story? I'd love to know about it.