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First American car with a Turbo?

 
Dave632
I mow my lawn and find Chevys
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Posted: 04/21/14 06:05 PM

Anybody remember the first modern Turbocharged car?
Maybe the first production Turbo ever as I know little
about pre 1950 cars. I know the Turbo was used on airplanes
in the 40s but I know of no other car that used it.


It was the Corvair way back in 62. I remember one beating a
new 389 Pontiac in the finals of the US Nationals way back then.
Why they never continued with the Turbos I will never know.
The Turbo version made 150hp, almost double the stock 80. I drove
one of the stock ones, what a dog. Granma in her electric wheelchair
would have given it a race. Tongue

I remember one of those Corvairs coming to the drag strip with
a SB Chevy stuffed in the back way back in the early 60s.
They put him in the sports car class against Vettes.
He actually was running bald tires, not slicks.
I imagine he was breaking that delicate transaxle setup regularly
and the bald tires did not give him excess grip.
I think he won his class that night, left the line strong and had
a car length on the Vettes right out of the gate. Sure surprised me
as I thought he was going to spin. Crazy  
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shyrgfuh3
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Posted: 04/21/14 07:49 PM

also the olds jetfire in 1962.  

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tuffnuff
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Posted: 04/22/14 08:01 AM

I had a 62 Jetfire with a 4 speed.,. all aluminum V-8, 215 horse from 215 cubes.
It moved along great once the turbo kicked in.,. it was water/methanol injected and needed to be topped up regularly. Probably my driving habits contributed to that.

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Dave632
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Posted: 04/22/14 11:00 PM

Did not remember the Olds and had never even heard of it. I followed and knew cars quite well back then. Learned something there. I do remember the aluminum V-8 however.
Could care less about the rice burners of today. They could all sink in the ocean for all I care.  
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