Chevrolet Astro III
Classic American|February 2021
America’s answer to the Reliant Robin... or futuristic ‘moonshot’ of the automotive world using turbine technology that was never to be? Either way, Richard Heseltine thinks Chevy’s Astro III was truly out of this world…
Richard Heseltine

The Sixties saw a raft of starry-eyed futurists insist that gas turbines were destined to usurp the internal combustion engine. Chrysler in particular was evangelical about this method of propulsion. General Motors also experimented, not least with turbine-equipped commercial vehicles which it promised would be hitting the highways by 1971. And then there was this: a turbine-powered trike which, GM reasoned, is what the future was crying out for. Except, strictly speaking, the Chevrolet Astro III wasn’t a three-wheeler. Sort of. Ish. It all rather depends on your level of pedantry.

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