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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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