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What Makes the Jetfire Different
Here is a video about the Jetfire from the 1960s. Watch what happens when the driver steps on the gas pedal!(this is actually a 1962)
First American Production Car with a Fluid Injected Turbo!
On April 20, 1962 Oldsmobile introduced the first Jetfire, a sporty , smaller car powered by a turbocharged, fluid injected aluminum 215 c.i. V8. The 15% boost from the turbo resulted in 215 H.P (“a horse per cube”)! This high performance compact was introduced two years before the advent of the Ford Mustang and the Pontiac GTO.
The addition of fluid (alcohol and water) injection to enable the use of higher compression added a degree of complexity which required more maintenance than anticipated. Many turbos were replaced with 4-bbl. carbs. This ended the production of new Jetfires at the end of ’63. The Jetfires are quite rare today. It is estimated that only about 100 are in operation today, and probably less than 20 have fully functioning turbos.Click on the images below to see one of the original press releases introducing the first Jetfires on April 20, 1962.