Chrysler CZ Airstream Eight Four-Door Sedan
Chrysler introduced the revolutionary Airflow in 1934. Despite its technical advances, the American public was not ready for such a radically designed automobile. Chrysler had to act quickly and the answer was the more conventionally styled Airstream of 1935. Airflows were introduced on January 2, 1935, while the new Deluxe Airstreams followed much later on May 1, as Chrysler needed more time to prepare the new models for market. The design was the work of industrial designer Raymond Bel Geddes along with Ray Dietrich, who also re-styled Plymouth and Dodge, which, along with the Airstream, shared most body panels. The quick action worked; the more handsome design was what the public wanted: a vee’d grille, subtle chrome trim, raked windshield, teardrop fenders, and skirted rear wheels with winged emblems. The Airstream was a hit with 33,755 assembled, including 9,297 Airstream Eights. Airflows accounted for less than twenty percent of Chrysler’s total production for 1935, and after 1937, the model was discontinued.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2012 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
105 hp, 273.8 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with synchromesh, coil spring independent front and leaf spring rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 121"
Source: RM Auctions