Chrysler Airflow 8 C-1 Coupe
Chrysler’s Airflow was a brilliant, revolutionary creation with the promise of cutting-edge design and aircraft-inspired technology, yet it suffered from the detrimental effects of the Great Depression. Today’s collectors and enthusiasts appreciate these radical cars for their many advanced design elements that foreshadowed the modern automobile.
Credit for the Airflow is rightly given to engineer Carl Breer, who with Owen Skelton and Fred Zeder formed Walter P. Chrysler’s “Three Musketeers”. Its 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, placed directly over the front axle, allowed the seats to be located entirely within the car’s wheelbase, resulting in a roomy passenger compartment and a remarkably smooth ride. In 1934, racing driver Harry Hartz recorded 72 AAA-sanctioned speed records while driving a Series CU Airflow Coupe, which was similar in size and layout to the exceptional example offered here.
A proven show winner, this C-1 Airflow Coupe earned its AACA Junior and Senior First Prize awards in 2007, as well as Best in Show at the 2007 Airflow Club of America national meeting. Well-suited for future events and shows it could of course also be driven and toured with confidence.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
115bhp, 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 Lockheed four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123"
Source: RM Auctions