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1934 DeSoto Airflow

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The 'Airflow' design, applied to both Chrysler and its sister marque DeSoto, is one of the most important cars of all time. At the same time it was both an incredible engineering success, as well as a crushing commercial failure. While largely shunned by the car buying public, the radical streamlined design of the Airflow was truly ahead of its time. The Airflow was the first mass-production automobile design with the entire passenger compartment moved forward within the wheelbase and the engine placed over the front axle instead of behind it.

This car is a 1934 DeSoto SE Airflow 4-door sedan. These were the first cars with unibody construction. Also the first car with rear seat forward of the rear axle instead of over the rear axle. Engine sat between the front wheels.

This car has a dash mounted shift lever and did not need the use of the clutch.

The Airflow automobiles featured the beginning on unibody construction and were the first cars to place the motor over the front axles - providing a more comfortable ride.

The DeSoto SE sedan was powered by a 241 cubic-inch six-cylinder motor that developed 100 horsepower. Race driver Harry Hartz set 32 stock car records driving a DeSoto Airflow at Muroc Dry Lake Bed in California.

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No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1934 DeSoto Airflow Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the DeSoto Airflow

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe
Chassis#: 5071584
Sold for USD$190,400
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe
Sold for USD$56,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe
Chassis#: 5072977
Sold for USD$68,200
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1934 DESOTO AIRFLOW
Chassis#: SE11863
Sold for USD$41,800
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1934 Desoto Airflow
Sold for USD$46,000
  2016 Silver Auction - Arizona in January 2016
 
1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe
Chassis#: 6078798
Sold for USD$82,500
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
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1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe
Sold for USD$43,450
  2013 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale
 
1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe
Chassis#: 6078798
Sold for USD$55,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
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1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe
Chassis#: 6078798
Sold for USD$52,250
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
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1934 DeSoto Airflow Brougham Sedan
Sold for USD$51,700
  2009 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale
 
1934 Desoto Airflow Sedan
Sold for USD$28,600
  2008 RM Auctions - Classic Car Auction of Michigan
 
1934 De Soto Airflow
Sold for USD$52,250
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
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DeSoto Airflows That Failed To Sell At Auction

1934 DeSoto Airflow's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 DeSoto Airflow Sedan 2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Spring $50,000$60,000
1934 DeSoto Airflow Street Rod 2016 Mecum : Dallas$90,000  
1934 DeSoto Airflow Street Rod 2016 Mecum Portland$90,000  
1934 DeSoto Airflow Street Rod 2016 Mecum Indianapolis   

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1934 DeSoto Airflow Profiles

1934 DeSoto Airflow vehicle information
Sedan
Chassis #: 5073380
Engine #: SE 6702
1934 DeSoto Airflow vehicle information
Coupe
Chassis #: 6078798