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Sorry you misunderstood, and I screwed up the name. I was thinking of the Pontiac Banshee that Revell and Hot Wheels did. 
Chuck Jordan was GM stylist that did the original Firebirds and retired as chief of GM styling. One of last show cars he designed before he retired was the Pontiac Banshee. 
 

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6 hours ago, caapa said:

Hi Ed,

many thanks for the correction and addition. Yes, Crysler installed a gasturbine in a car (a production one) earlier as  GMC built a complet new car with gasturbine.  But Chrysler went in development to a production car in limited quantity, the Chrysler Turbine 1964 with a beautiful body by Ghia.

GMC used its cars for show and tests only.

I worked at the Chrysler Technical Center for over 42 years doing race engine development. The Turbine Lab was across the aisle from me covering about a 1/4 of the building space on the first floor. They got to hear our race engines on the dynos making lots of noise and when we went down to their dynos all we heard was "whoosh". Pretty BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH cool.

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GMC Firebird IV. 1964

The Firebird IV debuted at the  1964 New York World`s Fair, in the General Motors Futurama Exhibit.  According some sources GM didn`t want to develope a Firebird IV. So they „officialy” introduced the car in 1969 with the name Buick Century Cruiser. ( but one of the publicity photos  shows the 1964 GM Firebird IV concept) The car was designed for cruising on automated highways in the distant future. . The experimental  vehicle offered hands free driving by a punched card with information about the intended destination and controled by hihgway centers.  The prototype could be manually operated via pistol grips positioned in the armrests for steering and speed regulation  too. An entrance canopy slid forward and upward, permitting doors on each side to glide ahead and allow passengers to enter. But the exhibited car was not operable – it had to be pushed in the exhibishon hall.

The model is „out of the diecast”  range:  I built this one of model  from vacuum formed plastic,epoxi  castings and wood  parts in 1:64 scale. Interieur is highly detailed.

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On 9/15/2021 at 1:32 AM, Vietnam Vet67 said:

Chrysler  had the first production turbine car in 1954 which was introduced to the public in 1953 when they installed it in a 1954 Plymouth. Chrysler was way ahead of GM on Turbine car development.

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GM and Chrysler found the cost to produce turbine cars would have been prohibitive.  The technology was decades ahead of its time, and would probably be a viable option today.  Thanks for the photos, Ed!

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Porsche 718 F2 Behra 1959

Jean Behra was sportscar driver in the `50-es. He drove franch, italian and german sportcars with more or less succes .But he was rather good with the  Porsche 718 RSK. Despite his obligations to Ferrari, Behra commissioned Porsche to build a Formula 2 single-seater car, taking componentry from the 718 'RSK'  Behra  enter his new car for the 1959 Monaco Grand Prix, with Behra's good friend Maria Teresa de Filippis at the wheel. but de Filippis was unable to qualify. Behra got to push from Ferrari and he could start on the German  Grand  Prix. It was the only one ever to be held at the AVUS circuit in Berlin. The track was  famous with its high tilted bends and it was catastrophic for Behra.  He drove with 180 kmh in the high bend  in rainy conditions and  crashed fataly. The car was  raced in the next years but was not successful.

The model made by Kaiser Models in Hungary 1:43 scale. The model is a resin casting with no runing wheels – a real collectors item. There was only 100 pc built. I took part in production with carving the master piece of body  and got one as a gift.

 

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Ferrari FXX K Evo 2018

The car is based on FXX K. The aerodinamic refinements result that the car produces 23% more downforce than the standard FXX K and 75% more than the road-legal LAFERRARI. FXX K Evo isn`t road legal.  The V12 engine has been tuned for track use as well as the HY-KERS system. The 6.3-litre V12 and the electric motor gives a total of 1,096 bhp and over 664 lb of torque. The car has a top speed of 370 – 404 km/h depending on degree of tuning up. It is available as a new car and as an upgrade package for a FXX K.  The production will be limited to only a few cars and aerodynamic packages for FXX K owners.

The model is in 1:24 scale and made by  HengTengToys/China. It is a toycar with pull back engine, headlights and motorsound. Some decals and the prancing horse on rear are added.

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Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Mulliner Park Ward Drop Head Coupe 1965

Rolls Royce traditionally made current chassis available to coachbuilders. Mulliner Park Ward designed an Avant Garde „Chinese Eye” body with unusual slanted headlights. The idea came from Italian designers. The car was built with separate front seats and increased room for rear passengers. The slope of the bonnet was slightly increased and so the radiator grille height was 38 mm lower. This lower grille was used on next Rolls Royce designs too. Some 100 of the 328 coach-built Silver Cloud IIIs were of this style but only 49 Drop Head Coupes were built with left hand drive.

The model is made by Lone Star in the line of IMPY Road Masters Super Cars in England 1:64 scale. It has  a suspension and all openings are operable. The car is repainted.

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Bugatti Type 57 SC Atalante 1938

The Atalante was one of the most beautiful variant of the Type 57.  The car is powered by an inline 8 cylinder engine, 3257 cc, supecharged, 210 PS. The car with the light aluminium body arrived a top speed about 200 kph. Only 17 Atalante cars were made and few has outlived the decades. But not long ago one was discovered in a private garage, having been stored untouched for 48 years. It was auctioned in February 2009 in Paris, France, fetching 5 million USD.

The model is made by Franklin Mint in 1:24 scale. The model is full of nice details. Doors, hood and trunk are to open the front wheels are steerable. But I`m not sure they should be steered by the steering wheel or not ? The steering wheel is to turn but the front wheels are don`t spin. Probably it was the reason of the good stroke of business.

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Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo 2014

The Super Trofeo is an international motor racing series which is organized in 3 continental series: Europe, Asia, and North America. The road car is modified by Lamborghini and Dallara. The race car is 2 wheel drive and the car is made 262 kilos lighter than the four-wheel drive road car. In addition the Huracan got a pretty serious aerodynamic work-out too. For example the huge rear wing has 10 different positions to squash the Lambo into the tarmac at race tracks across the world.

The model is a RC toycar made by Maisto scale 1:24. There is no interieur and engine modeled aside from the technical equipment of RC steering and drive. The livery isn`t complet – some logos are missing. Alas I have no printer for print white transparent decals.

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