Chrysler Airflow 8 C-1 Sedan
In 1934, Chrysler Corporation revolutionized automotive design with its all-new and radically streamlined Airflow model line. A design far ahead of its time, the Airflow featured a remarkably spacious interior with wide front seats that could accommodate three adults abreast. In addition, since the engine was placed forward over the front axle, a vastly more comfortable ride was achieved with the passenger compartment placed between the front and rear axles. Much more than a styling exercise, the Airflow series was also a marvel of inspired engineering, incorporating aircraft design principles and unit body construction, among many other features.
A major benefit of the Airflow’s aerodynamic design was greatly reduced fuel economy when compared with the more conservatively styled automobiles of the era. To illustrate the point, famous racing driver Harry Hartz managed a cross-continental road trip from New York City to San Francisco, California with a total fuel bill of just $33.06, averaging more than 22 miles per gallon. Under AAA scrutiny at the Bonneville Salt Flats during 1934, a Chrysler Imperial Airflow Coupe shattered no fewer than 70 records!
The 1935 Airflow C-1 Sedan offered here is recognized by the Airflow Club of America as one of the finest examples in the United States, and continues to display a complete restoration, which spanned a two-year period with no expense or effort spared in the process. This vintage Chrysler was completed just one day before its entry into the Meadow Brook Concours d’ Elegance, where it was awarded the coveted Lion Award and Blue Ribbon. Its next victory was achieved at the Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, Ohio, where it was a standout entry. The flowing lines are perfectly complemented by completely restored brightwork, as well as a set of period correct Goodyear whitewall tires, and the car is complete with a heater and a very rare Chrysler Parts Department steering column-mounted fan that works perfectly.
With its stunning restoration and stately presence, this 1935 Chrysler Airflow C-1 Sedan presents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a groundbreaking automobile that provided Depression-era America with a glimpse of the automobiles of the 21st century.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
115 bhp, 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