Chrysler Imperial Airflow CV Two-Door Coupe
Chrysler’s Airflow was a brilliant and revolutionary creation with the promise of cutting-edge design and technology, yet it suffered the detrimental effects of the Great Depression. The collectors and enthusiasts of today nevertheless covet and appreciate these radical cars, which foreshadowed many modern design elements. Credit for the Airflow is rightly given to engineer Carl Breer, who with Owen Skelton and Fred Zeder formed Chrysler’s “Three Musketeers”. The streamlined shape was the result of groundbreaking wind tunnel research, and its semi-unitary “truss bridge” chassis was based on contemporary aircraft construction principles. The eight-cylinder engine was placed directly over the front axle, which allowed the seats to be located entirely within the car’s wheelbase, resulting in a roomy and comfortable passenger compartment and a remarkably smooth ride. Chrysler launched the Airflow in 1934 to great fanfare. Six series were available, while DeSoto offered a single Airflow model.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
122bhp, 323.5 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 128"
Source: RM Auctions
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