The Chrysler That Was Powered By Tequila



Chrysler experimented with turbine powered cars from 1953 to 1988, and the highlight of the program was a fleet of more than 50 bronze colored cars they built in 1963. They lent 50 of the cars to regular people who got to test drive them for a few months. A couple were sent to the New York World's Fair where visitors could ride in them around a small track. One even went on a whirlwind tour of the globe. That car, as one might imagine, is the one that had the craziest tales to tell — like the afternoon it spent giving the president of Mexico a ride, powered entirely by tequila. While the car had been tested on a variety of liquids that packed a punch, no one knew if the car had ever actually been run on tequila. A few gallons were dumped in the tank and the president was given a quick spin in the car, powered by the tequila he had requested. While the tequila story was good for some free publicity, rumors abounded that the car had also been tested on VO5 hairspray and Chanel No. 5 perfume. Presumably, in real life, Chanel No. 5 would be far too expensive to use as an automotive fuel. But tequila? Who knows – that could have come in handy if the cars had ever gone into production.