An Ultra-rare 1963 Chrysler Turbine car was sold to mystery buyer. It came and went as quickly as a jet.
A rare 1963 Chrysler Turbine car has been sold to an unknown buyer, and surely for a huge amount just one day after being listed by a classic car dealer.
It is one of just 55 experimental vehicles Chrysler built to evaluate the use of a turbine in an automobile.
The goal was that a relatively simple, smooth operating engine that could run on many different fuels would offer a reliable and efficient alternative to piston engines, but its bad emissions and extremely hot exhaust doomed it to the history books after a couple of years of testing.
All but nine of the cars that were built were sent to the junkyard, with seven of the others ending up in museums and two in private hands.
One of them famously belongs to comedian Jay Leno, while the one up for sale by Hyman Ltd. In St. Louis was part of a collection of cars owned by late collector Frank Kleptz. Kleptz had purchased it in the 1980s from Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, who bought it from the Harrah’s casino collection.
No price for the car was publicly listed, but Hyman Ltd. owner Mark Hyman called it “the most significant sale of a post-war automobile in recent history.”
Hyman, who recently took the functional car out for a drive, said the buyer wants to continue to remain anonymous but did confirm that it wasn’t Leno.
If you’re still upset you missed out the car, there’s still some hope. Hyman has one of the spare turbines available for $100,000, so you can try to build your own.Categories: Auto News, Blog