2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Turbine concept and for this occasion Chrysler has decided to unveil the 300S Turbine Edition.
Standing next to the 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown Edition at NAIAS in Detroit, the modern variant has the same Turbine Bronze matte paint job as the original concept, along with a glossy black roof. The front end of the sedan shows a more pronounced fascia with different upper and lower grilles as well as blackened headlamps.
The 2013 Chrysler 300S Turbine Edition rides on 22-inch turbine-styled alloy wheels and has smoked taillight bezels, a body color deck-lid spoiler and black window frames.
For the moment this will remain only as a one-off car.
The Chrysler Turbine concept from 1963 was very unique in that it was the first vehicle powered by a gas turbine engine. With the bodies made by Ghia in Turin, Italy, a total of 55 units were built although most were eventually destroyed once the trial phase ended. Only nine units remain today in museums and private collections.
Though Chrysler's turbine engine project was terminated in 1977, the Turbine Car was the high point of a three decade project to perfect the engine for practical use.