1935 Chrysler C-1 Airflow
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The Airflow was more than just a styling exercise, it was a marvel of inspired engineering with designs inspired by the aircraft industry, and built atop a unit body construction. With the aerodynamics, the fuel economy improved over the more traditional and conservative vehicles of the era. Racing driver Harry Hartz illustrated this point with a cross-continental road trip form new York City to San Francisco, California with a total fuel bill of just $33.06 and 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.
This 1935 Airflow C-1 Sedan was given a complete restoration that spanned a two-year period with no expense or effort spared in the process. The work was completed just one day prior to being shown at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegnace, where it was awarded the coveted Lion Award and Blue Ribbon. It was later shown at the Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, Ohio.
The 323.5 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine is powered by a 115 horsepower and mated to a three-speed manual transmission. There are Lockheed four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes and riding on a 123-inch wheelbase.
In 2009, this example was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $70,000 - $90,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $71,500 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
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|Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook||1949-1955|
|Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance||American Classic Closed 1925-1942|