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A Jupiter 8 advertisement

The Jupiter 8 was a two-seat sports car marketed to the inhabitants of the planet 892-IV. It was first viewed by the crew of the USS Enterprise in the television news footage upon entering orbit of the planet.

Jupiter 8 television

A Jupiter 8 on television

Described as "Royal Comfort" and "unexcelled in its field," it had a conventional internal combustion engine with 456 horsepower, a super-flow automatic transmission, a super-glide suspension system, and super-grip white sidewall tires. Upon reading an advertisement in The Gallian, which described the Jupiter 8's features, the Enterprise landing party determined that its power source was, in part, the cause for the planet's smog. (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")


The Jupiter 8 was "played" by the Reactor, a custom aluminum show car designed by Gene Winfield and completed in 1965. The Reactor was based on a 1956 Citroën DS chassis and powered by a Chevrolet Corvair engine. The hand-built car featured electronically-operated doors, hood and roof. It was painted metallic green. The car also made an appearance in the 1968 Mission: Impossible episode, "The Freeze" (which also referenced the drug cordrazine). The Reactor still exists and was featured in the 2005 Bilsport Performance and Custom Motor Show in Jönköping, Sweden. A personal favorite, Winfield still owns it and keeps it at his custom car compound on Sierra Highway south of Mojave, California (home of Captain Christopher Pike). One may see it by attending Gene's annual party in October.

Its fleeting appearance as the Jupiter 8, warranted the shooting of a number of publicity shots with William Shatner in the guise of Captain James T. Kirk, posing with and in the car. [1]

Not long after building the Reactor and getting into the Hollywood scene, Gene Winfield went to work for AMT, which were contracted to construct the shuttlecraft Galileo and the Klingon battle cruiser models, and for which Winfield was responsible.

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