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Could Ford Have Been the First Carmaker (Okay, Truck Maker) to Mass Produce Gas Turbines For the Road?

Posted June 01, 2020 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Ford history tractor unit turbine

The Seventies were supposed to be the decade for gas turbines - touted for decades as the engines of the future - to finally take to the roads en masse. And while each of the Big Three had its own gas-turbine programs, industry observers expected Ford to become the first to market such an engine. Yet, as it turned out, the dawn of the Seventies proved the end of Ford's gas-turbine ambitions entirely.

As noted previously here, Ford's turbine program dated back to the early to mid-1950s, a time of grand conjecture of the future of transportation. Ford's concept cars "featured" gas turbines, even if the concepts never actually had one installed, and Ford designers smitten with the idea (or trying to impress managers who were smitten with the idea) worked mentions of turbines into their renderings and clay models. Ford even toyed with a turbine-powered tractor and a Thunderbird or two. A brief history of Ford's foray into turbines for big rigs.

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