From the archive: on this day in 1962

From the archive: on this day in 1962

Like Rover, Chrysler was keen on turbine-engined cars post-war, but it took the idea much further. In December 1961, a ‘turbo’ Dodge Dart drove 3000 miles from New York to Los Angeles, getting 14.2mpg. This success led to the Chrysler Turbine Car, 55 copies of which were lent to the public in an ultimately negative test programme.

Works performance kits

It used to be common for car makers to offer performance upgrade kits. We found that Ford would tickle an Anglia up 7.5bhp for £13 (£283 now); Triumph would raise a Herald 17.5bhp for £32; DKW would tune up a Junior for rallying for £39; Sunbeam would add 14bhp to an Alpine for £20; and Austin and MG offered a plethora of options for the Sprite, Midget and A.

F1 no longer the “ultimate expression of the driver’s art”