Here’s a treat: a rare factory promotional film from 1963 showing the beautiful Chrysler Turbine Ghia in action at the Chelsea Proving Grounds. Watch this.
An original 1963 Chrysler Turbine car is a rare sight indeed. Of the 55 that were built, only nine were saved from the crusher. (Watch the infamous Turbine snuff film here.) And of this handful that survived, only a few are still capable of running under their own power. That’s a shame. The stunning Ghia coupes look their best out on the road—graceful, athletic, in command of the highway
Another neat feature of this video is the setting: Chrysler’s Chelsea Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan, about an hour west of Detroit. (Watch a wonderful old Chrysler newsreel film about the construction of the Proving Grounds here.) We see the Turbine put through its paces on the big, banked, high-speed oval at Chelsea, and on the handling and off-road courses as well. And at the very start, listen to the turbine spooling up. Enjoy the film.