One of our most popular Coffee and a Concept feature cars was the Chrysler Turbine, which continues to be one of our most-visited articles almost two years after it was written. The car, which is rarely seen in public, and for which only four working models are known, will be a feature of the Chrysler booth at the 2015 Canadian International AutoShow starting today. The Turbine will be shown as part of a larger collection of eighteen classics called the Art and the Automobile exhibit at the Canadian show.

“The Chrysler Turbine program began in 1954 – in the supersonic jet airplane age -and lasted until 1981,” said Brandt Rosenbusch, Manager of Historical Vehicles – FCA US. “Like today, the company was exploring alternative propulsion solutions and to prove the engine’s flexibility, even ran them on perfume and alcohol – aside from the ‘standard’ JP-4 Jet Fuel. We have not shipped the car to Canada in the 25 years I have been here.”

CIAS General Manager, Jason Campbell said: “The exhibit traces the artistic progression of vehicle design through the decades and the Chrysler Turbine Car is a great example of the transition period from the chrome-plated, aircraft- and rocket-influenced designs of the ’50s to the more pure forms of the ’60s, as it includes elements of both. Besides which, it is a very pretty and historically important car.”

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This is a rare chance to see the car, which was produced in a limited quantity of fifty as a prototype test run and of those, all but nine were scrapped and five of those nine were de-activated before being sold. All reside in museums except two, one owned by a private collector in Indiana and another owned by Jay Leno. The one on display in Toronto, Chrysler says, is their model which is a running prototype whose turbine engine still works.

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An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.

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