1962 Oldsmobile Jetfire Apparel and Accessories by Legend Lines
Oldsmobile certainly had its eye on the future and anticipated the coming popularity of turbocharging by offering its new Jetfire. The Oldsmobile Jetfire was based on the brand's F-85 compact two-door hardtop, but with an added bonus under the hood. The Cutlass's V-8 was retained, but the engine was fitted with a Garrett turbocharger that relied on "Turbo Rocket Fluid" to prevent the 10.25-compression V-8 from detonating. In the days before piezoelectric knock sensors, this blend of high compression and forced induction had the potential to end poorly for inattentive drivers. Oldsmobile's Turbo Rocket Fluid was a mixture of distilled water, methanol and a corrosion inhibitor, and today we'd recognize the system as fluid injection, used in high-performance engines to cool the combustion chamber and prevent preignition. For motorists in 1962, it was the stuff of science fiction, helping to deliver impressive acceleration on demand as long as the Turbo Rocket Fluid tank was topped off. Though the Jetfire was innovative for its time it lasted just two years in the market. The 1962-1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire was undeniably ahead of its time, even if its buyers weren't.