Last Call: Turbo-Flight Edition

If you ever wondered where the Superbird got its wing, I present to you the 1961 Chrysler Turboflite. Now, let us never speak of it again.
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  1. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    A perfect illustration of the perils of having different people designing different parts of a car and not letting them talk to each other till the last possible moment.

    1. CraigSu Avatar

      In other words, design by committee.

      1. Sean McMillan Avatar
        Sean McMillan

        All the elements look like Exner style, just a mish-mosh of different design ideas that probably wasn’t meant to come together to be an actual concept car

        1. jeepjeff Avatar

          Exner was who I thought of, too. I’d totally believe he penned this one.

      2. Batshitbox Avatar

        Where the committee has Ed Roth, Dave Barris and Mark Moriarty on it.

        1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

          I’d have gone with Salvador Dali, MC Escher and Pablo Picaso.

          1. 0A5599 Avatar

            Cookie Monster, too. Oreos for tires.

  2. theskitter Avatar

    From the A-pillar back…
    I kind of like it.
    Needs the wing to work.
    Very Starship Enterprise.

  3. CraigSu Avatar

    In the middle of watching Journey to LeMans on Netflix, the story of JOTA Sport’s 2014 ELMS campaign leading up to LeMans in LMP2. Narration by Patrick Stewart and includes some surprising in-car and on-car footage. Highly recommended.

  4. Sean McMillan Avatar
    Sean McMillan

    That’s got Exner all over it. But it looks like partial designs for 3 different cars that all would have badass if they had been fleshed out properly, but mixed together it’s a mess like a lot of his later designs.

  5. salguod Avatar

    I wonder why in tread white walls never took off? 😛

  6. Alcology Avatar

    How many horns does it have? Does the engine sound cause you to think that the world is coming to an end?

  7. I_Borgward Avatar

    I’d rock it.

  8. Batshitbox Avatar

    I think it’s a fantastic design… for a bottle opener.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      1:64 scale would be just about perfect for that, Hot Wheels is missing out on a more adult marketing opportunity.

      1. JayP Avatar


        1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
          dead_elvis, inc.

          Nice job, video-creator, on choosing a twist-off bottle to demo a bottle opener. (But good choice of root beer.)

  9. Lokki Avatar

    I have never ever seen that car before, but now it’s too late.

  10. Batshitbox Avatar

    It’s got something for everyone, but its everything is for no one.
    Personally, I’m a sucker for the forward exposed front wheels, and the Rambler Marlin curve at the rear of the cockpit, floating above the sides. Looks like it’s got a back-raked rear glass, too. Dash mounted rear view mirror? Be still my heart.
    I could do without the love-handle shaped tail light nacelles and the door mounted exhaust ports, and the Rodent Of Unusual Size hiding under it.

  11. Sjalabais Avatar

    It’s supposed to look like it handles air professionally, but what I see is a front lift off at high speeds. So if the wheels draw a center line during burnouts – does it have a central exhaust to throw sparks, too?
    How incoherent! But it’s actually a surprisingly nice rear end.

  12. desmo Avatar

    That must be the blueprint for “The Homer Car”!

  13. CruisinTime Avatar

    Bluesmobile Two.?

  14. jeepjeff Avatar

    Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I like it. I want it with a Hemi and a 4 speed.

  15. NapoleonSolo Avatar

    The thing that’s really astounding about this car is that it sort of grows on you. I’ve been looking at images of it from various angles on Google, and I am somehow growing fond of the car for its sheer audaciousness.

  16. PaulE Avatar

    Looks like a Barris-ized Imperial of that same vintage from the front, with headlight buckets removed and relo’ed to the grille and that front part of the fender opened up. Still, very Jetsons-esque.

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