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There are a lot of words that start with "ter", "tor", or "tur" that have to do with rotary motion. They also had that thing with the compressed air that blew into the air cleaner horn. I thought it was called Turbo something. It was offered around '59. What was that thing called? I thought it was on Chevy II's. Maybe it never made production.

And, of course, Turbo-Glides.
 

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Also the dawn of the "jet age" had a lot to do with all the "jet, rocket, thrust", etc. names of cars and components.
 

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what "turbo" name did they call the 4 cylinders in the Novas? turbo thrift was already taken by the 6 cylinders.
turbo poof?
and what about the Corvair air cooled pancake motors?
 

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what "turbo" name did they call the 4 cylinders in the Novas? turbo thrift was already taken by the 6 cylinders.
turbo poof?
and what about the Corvair air cooled pancake motors?
Which, incidently, had a turbo option.
 

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So basically every one is guessing that it originated from Chevy engineers correlating the turbo jet airplane engine nomenclature and applying it to cars?
not the engineers, the marketing department.
engineers build the engines, and the marketing experts name them.
is there a lot of NASA rocket engine technology in an Oldsmobile (rocket) V8?
 

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not the engineers, the marketing department.
engineers build the engines, and the marketing experts name them.
is there a lot of NASA rocket engine technology in an Oldsmobile (rocket) V8?
That's exactly it, it was all marketing, and that just happened to be the latest trend. It also affected the styling. Look at all the fins and wings and rocket/jet exhaust taillights, trim work, etc.
 
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