Chrysler Airflow 8 CU Coupe
Chrysler’s Airflow was a brilliant and revolutionary creation with the promise of cutting-edge design and advanced technology, yet it suffered from the detrimental effects of the Great Depression and the negative advertising of competing marques. Nevertheless, knowledgeable collectors and enthusiasts covet and appreciate these radical cars today, which foreshadowed many of the modern automotive design and engineering features of today.
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 upon aircraft construction principles. The eight-cylinder engine was placed directly over the front axle, allowing the seats to be located entirely within the car’s wheelbase, resulting in a remarkably roomy and comfortable passenger compartment, as well as a very smooth ride. Chrysler launched the Airflow in 1934 to great fanfare at the New York Auto Show, and six series were available, while DeSoto offered a single Airflow model.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
112 bhp, 298.7 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel power-operated hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 128"
Source: RM Auctions