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THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1963 THE NEWS-PALLADIUM, BENTON HARBOR, MICH. SECTION THREE --PAGE SEVEN Piston Auto Engines Are Challenged * * * * * * * * * Chrysler Unveils Turbine Power Plant J · ' Like Chrysler dealers all over the nation, Bruno Roti of Roti Motors, Inc., 257 West Main street, Bentob Harbor, is looking with keen interest at the latest engineering development of Chrysler corporation. It's Chrysler's much - heralded turbine powered car, a vehicle which Chrysler executives feel may be a giant step into the auto* motive future. They describe it as the world's first family-size passenger car specifically engineered and designed for turbine power. The revolutionary vehicle was unveiled at a New York preview this week. Three Chrysler executives discussed distribution, styling and engineering of the car. Newsmen drove the car at Roosevelt raceway. , , x Subsequently, the three Chrysler executives mailed pictures a n d detailed descriptions to Chrysler d e a l e r s everywhere, including Roti. The executives are: Robert Anderson, vice-president for product planning; Elwood P. Engel, vice-president and director for styling; and George J. Huebner, Jr., executive engineer, research: 50 FOR START The company win build,50 of the turbine cars. They will be distributed to selected users beginning this fall in a consumer test program. Each user, will have a turbine car for periods of up to three months under a hchCharge use agreement. The turbine car will be built in one body style only--a four passenger, two-door hardtop--and in only one color- Turbine Bronze. Anderson called the test-pro- gram "a Chrysler first," for never before has, any company placed "a new and revolutionary type of vehicle in the hands of motorists for the purpose of testing consumer reaction and studying a wide range of driver experience." Drivers of the SO turbine cars will be aoked for data covering a broad range of their motoring experience with the new vehicle: its behavior on turnpikes, over cross-country roads, in cities, in various geographical areas and climates. Consumer reaction, Anderson declared, "could result in such unqualified customer acceptance that V /' NEW KIND OF POWER: Here are front and rear views of the Chrysler Corporation turbine car, the first family-size passenger caf specificaUY engineered 'and designed for turbine power. Fifty lucky U.S/drivers'will be given chance to test drive cars later this year. Decatur Kindergarten Roundup DECATUR -- The Decatur elementary school will register next year's kindergarten youngsters at the school on North Phelps street oh Friday, May 24, between 8:30 a. m. arid 3 p. m. Marion Davis, principal of t h e elementary school, said that letters to par- ents of known pre-schoolers are being mailed this wee£ Any,parent not" receiving a letter should contact the elementary school office. Parents must bring a birth certificate and a record of immunizations. Mrs. Helen McLeese, Van Bureri county health nurse, will be present to check immunization records arid wffl be prepared to give shots to those who need them. L y l e Huggett, county speech correctionist, will also be speech defects and offer advice to parents. There will be no regular kindergarten classes on Friday, May 24, in order that the teachers may help with registration of approxi- present to check all children for i mately 100 new pupils. we would be encouraged to accelerate our entire turbine program --but on the other hand it could reveal unexpected problems that send us back to our engineering laboratories for further research and development." "Each of these cars," Anderson continued, "when it comes back to Chrysler corporation after its year of duty in the hands of four users, will be returned to our engineering laboratories to undergo a painstaking examination. What we learn in our interviews with the users will be correlated and checked against what we learn In our laboratory tests. MUCH TO LEARN "We believe that pur turbine car has revolutionary possibilities. At the same time, we are making no promises, no commitments to the motoring public regarding the time when a turbine-powered automobile will be available for purchase by a customer who walks into one of our dealerships. There is still much to be learned about this kind of automobile as an all-purpose passenger car and about the methods needed for building it in volume," he concluded. Design and style of the Chrysler turbine car were detailed by Engel, who was responsible for the styling: "It is a completely new vehicle. It is not related to 'any piston engine product. It has a personality of its own. It performs the functional requirements of a standard car. It provides comfortable transportation for four adult passengers." The new turbine car, Engel said, has a wheelbase of 110 Inches, and is^201.8 inches in over-all length. It is 72% inches wide and 53 inches high. Inside the car a tubular console runs the length of the car from fire wall to the rear of the interior. Al controls are positioned for easy driver accessibility. There are four bucket seats. YEARS OF RESEARCH The development of the Chrysler turbine, the years of research and engineering behind it, the testing and re-design and re-testing which produced this newest of an impressive line of Chrysler-built turbine engines, was outlined by Huebner, Huebner said the 50 cars which en s T r o p i c a l u i t s Sizes 37-44 Regulars Longs Regular Choose from a huge assortment of patterns and colors in these fine Dacron® rayon blend tropicals. Fine tailoring and attractive styling will make at least one of these suits a "must" for your summer wardrobe. Choose from solids and patterned fabrics in a wide range of colors. See them today! Dacron®-Wool Tropicals $34.95 36 88 The ultimate in summer comfort _ the coolness of dacron*, plus the stability and form retention of wool -- combined for your comfort and neat appearance. Choose from a wide selection of patterns and solids in new spring shades. Sizes 36-46 in shorts, regulars and longs. · Other Tropicals To $50 0 Alterations Free · Open 5 Nights 'Til 9 Monday Thru Friday Saturday 9 to 6 Shop at ST. SEARS 940 W. Main St. Ph. WA 6-2161 Button Harbor PLENTY of FREE PARKING STORE HOURS MOB., Tact,, Wed., Than., Fri., I:N A.M. to ·:* FJf. - Sftt »:·» AJt to ·:* PJW. HARBERT COMMUNITY CONFIRMANDS: Eight young people, confirmed recently at the Harbert Community church, are shown here with their pastor, the Rev. Arnold R. Bolin. Left to right they are: Front row--George Jensen, Donita Tanner, Nancy Horack and Gregory Forrester; and back row- Chris Mars, James Sizer, the Rev. Bolin, Linda Busch, and Jody Hass. (Caruso photo) - will be distributed to selected drivers do not represent the final production design, but that data gathered from their operation would determine much of the car's adaptability for volume production. Huebner pointed out some of the 'Advantages of the turbine engine over the more familiar piston engine. "Its basic simplicity," he said, "with 80 per cent fewer parts than that of a V-8 piston engine, is in itself a fundamental advantage. One spark plug, no tune-ups in the conventional sense, no need for periodic oil changes, the absence of a separate cooling system with its requirements for water and anti-freeze, and the simplification of the electrical system--all these have been cited as examples of its maintenance advantages." Huebner said the car incorporated improvements which had been suggested through the experience with previous turbine models and that it was a completely new engine. "It is," he said, "the fourth generation of Chrysler automotive turbines and represents the engi- n e e r i n g knowledge achieved through ten years of intensive research and development. WEIGHT REDUCED "Weight has been reduced by 10 per cent, and size by 25 per cent. The engine housing has been made completely symmetrical by the use of twin regenerators. 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