Let’s Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Jetfire!
On April 20, 1962 Oldsmobile introduced the FIRST AMERICAN PRODUCTION version of the Jetfire, a car powered by a turbocharged, fluid injected aluminum V8 engine. The turbo charger boosts the output of the 215 c.i. engine by 15% to 215 horsepower (“one horse per cube”). This rare car was only built in 1962 and 1963, and there are probably less than 100 driveable Jetfires in existence today.
Checkout these pages from one of the original press releases of this grand event.
The addition of the fluid injection feature to enhance the performance of the turbocharger introduced a degree of complexity. This resulted in extensive service problems, which caused the life of the Jetfire to end after two years of production. Few Jetfires still have operational turbos. Many have been converted to four-barrel carburetors.
For further insight as to why Olds stopped using the turbo setup, after two years, see: