To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the world’s first gas-turbine-powered car, Chrysler has decided to unveil a one-off special edition 300 that sports certain elements of the unique 1963 Chrysler Turbine Concept.
Being built as a one-off to celebrate the Turbine Concept, we expected it be turbine powered as well. Sadly, however, the gas turbine project was terminated in 1977, since then gasoline-powered engines have risen to be the top choice for making practical engines.
Automobile History-101 aside, this special edition will be based on a Chrysler 300 , much like the Motown Edition that was recently launched. The Turbine Edition has the same Turbine Bronze matte paint job that graced the original ’63 concept along with a glossy black roof.
The front end of this 300S now has a more in-your-face look to it, more like the SRT version, with different upper and lower grilles and black tinted headlamps for a retro look.
The main spectacle of this edition is the 22-inch "Turbine" rims that give it a cool and retro stance, though we wouldn’t recommend doing a burnout with those larger-than-life rims.
Unfortunately, this is a one-off model and it appears as if there are no plans to offer such a package to the public. The 300S Turbine Edition is on display now, at the Detroit Auto Show.
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Chrysler 300S Commemorates The Bronze Legend
With its specially formulated “Turbine Bronze” matte-finished exterior paint and Gloss Black painted roof, this Chrysler 300S unmistakably recalls the contrast of the historic two-tone 1963 Chrysler Turbine. At the front, a more pronounced front fascia with unique upper and lower machined-billet grilles hark to the original Ghia-bodied model’s craftsmanship.
The original car’s bold shadowed headlamps formed from its concentric ring design are brought back to life through this Chrysler 300S model’s Gloss Black headlamp bezels. The two-tone color combination continues as the rolled-door frames and taillamp surrounds are finished in accenting Gloss Black.
Most prominent to the profile of this Chrysler 300S are its uniquely machined “turbine” styled wheels. With 20 sculpted-fin blades spanning a massive 22 inches in diameter, the polished-finish wheels provides an aggressive stance and striking tribute. At the rear, a body color deck-lid spoiler provides a more dynamic look.